Wenchang 9-2/9-3/10-3 Gas Fields Development, China

Wenchang 9-2/9-3/10-3 gas fields are located 146km from the east coast of Wenchang in the western part of the South China Sea. The fields are owned and operated by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). The project is expected to produce first gas by 2019 and have a peak production capacity of 14,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d). Wenchang 9-2/9-3/10-3 gas fields discovery and appraisal The Wenchang 10-3 and Wenchang 9-3 gas fields were discovered and appraised during 2005, along with CNOOC’s other discoveries Bozhong 3-2, Luda 27-2,…

South China Sea Philippines protests vessels in Spratlys

The Philippines has protested the presence of more than 200 Chinese vessels that were sighted from January to March near a Philippine-occupied island in the disputed South China Sea, officials said. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Department of Foreign Affairs lodged the protest after the military monitored about 275 Chinese vessels near Thitu island, which is called Pag-asa by Filipinos, in the Spratlys, the most hotly contested region in the busy waterway. A regional military spokesman, Captain Jason Ramon, said the number of spotted Chinese boats was 217, about…

Washington, Manila Considering US Rocket System to Counter China – Report

Officials from the US and the Philippines are reportedly in talks to discuss the possible deployment of the American high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) in a bid to counter China’s continued militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea. Regional security experts recently informed the South China Morning Post that while talks are ongoing, both countries have failed to obtain a deal on account of costs running a little too high for government officials in Manila. In the event that an agreement between the two powers is signed, one expert told the publication that the…

Hainan to designate tropical rainforest park covering one-seventh of the island

A visitor poses for photos at a garden in Nanqiang Village, Boao Town, Qionghai City of south China’s Hainan Province, March 25, 2019. (Photo:Xinhua) South China’s Hainan Province established a management agency on Monday, marking the official start of a project to designate a new tropical rainforest national park, which is expected to cover one-seventh of the island.  The management model for the park could serve as a guide for the future designation of a marine national park in the waters of the South China Sea, observers said Tuesday. Local…

USS Wasp in South China Sea with F-35Bs, may be Navy light carrier

The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS Wasp was recently seen sailing through the South China Sea with an unusually heavy configuration of F-35s. The Wasp deployed carrying at least 10 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters, more than the usual load of six of these hard-hitting fifth-generation jet fighters, The National Interest first reported, noting that the warship may be testing the “light carrier” warfighting concept known as the “Lightning Carrier.” Sailors aboard the USS Wasp as it arrives in Subic Bay in Philippines for Exercise Balikatan. U.S. Navy photo…

5 Reasons Why China Is Not the Soviet Union

Construing China as a threat to the United States in the model of the old USSR overlooks important differences. The world is entangled with many problems including ethnic conflicts, cross-boundary disputes, economic turmoil, a growing climate crisis, and above all, insufficient and ineffective global governance. The clock is ticking. Yet there is no consensus among nations, especially the major powers, about what the world should be like and how they should collaborate to reach that goal. Between Brexit, “America First,” and the “Belt and Road,” different parties seem to be…