China Constructs Its First Deepwater Well in South China Sea

China recently completed building its first deepwater well in the South China Sea, a technical breakthrough in the country’s offshore drilling efforts as it looks to secure more energy resources. Meanwhile, Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said a proposed deal to sell its U.S. liquefied natural gas business to a Chinese company has failed because of delays in obtaining approval from U.S. authorities. First Deepwater Well On April 8, China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), the country’s largest state-owned offshore oil producer, announced on its official website that China’s first domestically constructed…

China Trains for ‘Winning Battles’ in Taiwan, U.S. Views It As ‘Threat’

China’s armed forces have launched air and naval drills in the disputed waters of the Taiwan Strait, where the United States criticized what it perceived as a provocation against a Pacific partner. In a statement published Monday, Eastern Theater Command spokesperson Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui announced the People’s Liberation Army had “recently dispatched its naval and air forces, including ships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft, to cruise around the Taiwan island and conduct necessary training and drills, testing the capability of multi-service integrated joint operations.” He said the maneuver is “a…

Dialogue, not confrontation – Manila Standard

“These show that both the Philippines and China are serious in finding common ground through dialogue and negotiation rather than through the use of force. Still, we would have wanted to read full details on what was actually agreed upon.” ​ From time to time, tension prevails in the South China Sea as claimant-countries assert their ownership of disputed islands in the vital waterway. The Philippines claims part of the Spratly Islands that’s also claimed by China and other neighboring countries, such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Calling…

China deploys 100s of fishing boats to Spratl…

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In the South China Sea, political tensions between the Philippines and China have escalated quickly with provocative behavior from the Chinese and a series of defensive exercises held by U.S., Philippines, and Australian forces. Earlier this week it was reported that hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels, possibly as many as 300, had swarmed territory around several features of the Spratly Island chain. A spokesperson for the Duterte administration declared on Wednesday, April 10“They have no business being there,” and demanded the vessels leave the area. “If…

Palace on law dividing Palawan: No connection with South China Sea issue

Palace on law dividing Palawan: No connection with South China Sea issue Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) – April 16, 2019 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang yesterday justified the signing of a law dividing Palawan into three provinces, saying it has nothing to do with the country’s stake over the South China Sea. “Every creation precisely is to respond to the needs, to the delivery of basic services, to the problems of people in the area,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told a press briefing yesterday.   “There is no…

Major US Army Exercise to Focus on South China Sea

U.S. Army’s Pacific focus shifting from Korea scenarios to China. The U.S. Army’s major Pacific-area exercise in 2020 will focus on China-based scenarios in the South and possibly East China Seas. The Commander of U.S. Army forces in the Pacific, General Robert Brown, explained the outlines of the 2020 Defender Pacific exercise at a conference in March. While the army focuses on partner-building throughout the Pacific, the high-end combat scenarios it prioritized have generally focused on a conflict on the Korean peninsula. The exercise will deploy a division-sized force to…

China’s Navy Is Rising Fast: Can It Catch the U.S. Navy in Lethality and Size?

The coming decade of development will significantly reduce, but not eliminate, the gap between China’s navy — already the second most powerful maritime force on the planet — and the U.S. Navy by 2030. All fitted out, China’s second-ever aircraft carrier — and the first built entirely in China — is set to sail for sea trials. The construction of the aircraft carrier represents a significant milestone in China’s steady rise as a major naval power. And barring any hiccups, Beijing will continue its ascent in the following decade to…

Sansha sees better urban construction, social services

Chinese soldiers guard Yongxing Island in the South China Sea. Photo: Guo Yuandan/GT   After seven years of development, the southern city of Sansha in Hainan Province has witnessed remarkable progress in urban construction and social governance.   Officially established in 2012, the southernmost city in China has around 2,500 permanent residents, and its administrative base is on Yongxing, one of the Xisha Islands. Banks, barbecue restaurants, supermarkets, airports,  cinema, library, hospitals and schools have been gradually established in Sansha. Services such as express delivery are also available, a huge contrast…