China’s New Transport Ship Will Help Fortify Islands in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI —  A new large supply transport ship will help the Beijing government ferry supplies to its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway contested by other countries. China has alarmed the other countries since 2010 by landfilling small islets for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines contest all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea with China. China claims about 90% of it. The Sansha No. 2 transport ship that passed trial in August can “cover the whole South China Sea,” Chinese state-run…

US Navy sails destroyer near disputed South China Sea islands – Pacific

US Navy sails destroyer near disputed South China Sea islands In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017, photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer, left, is underway during a bilateral exercise with Korea. KELSEY L. ADAMS/U.S. NAVY A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands last week in a challenge to China’s claim to the waters around them. The operation by the USS Wayne E. Meyer on Friday demonstrated that the waters are beyond what China can claim as…

Asia Times | Why Confucius rubs America the wrong way

The campaign to eliminate the Confucius Institutes from American education marks a level of ideological insecurity that has characterized this country for a long time. Willful ignorance about China has been an important part of that insecurity. The mission of the institutes is not ambitious; it is mainly devoted to offering Chinese language courses in colleges that lack them or have fledgling programs. As for Confucius himself, in America, interest in his thinking has never been strong; in China relatively greater attention is given to American thinkers and writers. The…

China’s New Ship Helps Strengthen Claim in South China Sea

A new large supply transport ship will help China get supplies to the islands it controls in the disputed South China Sea. China is one of six governments with territorial claims to the 3.5 million-square-kilometer waterway. Since 2010, the others have expressed concern about Chinese efforts to build up islets, or small islands, for military purposes. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines claim all or parts of the South China Sea. China claims about 90% of it. The waterway is rich in natural resources. Extra-large ship The Sansha No.…

Vietnam-Philippines South China Sea Interactions in the Headlines with Naval Activity

The latest interaction of the exchange highlighted the ongoing maritime collaboration between the two sides. Last week, Vietnam and the Philippines held another iteration of a bilateral naval exchange. The interaction underscored the ongoing maritime collaboration between the two South China Sea claimant states amid wider developments in their domestic and foreign policies. As I have noted before in these pages, Vietnam and the Philippines, two fellow claimants in the South China Sea, have been attempting to strengthen their maritime collaboration as part of their broader relationship for several reasons,…

Rare 1734 Map That Supported Philippines’ Claim On Scarborough Shoal Is Auctioned

A 285-year-old map of the Philippines has fetched 40 million Philippine pesos (about $800,000 USD) at an auction held at the Leon Gallery in Manila. The map has been described as the ‘mother of all Philippine maps’. The winning bid was placed by Ms. Lori Juvida, a gallery owner. Her bid more than doubled the 18 million pesos predicted the winning bid. Aside from being an important historical relic, this map was used to support the Philippines’ claim over China in a case the Philippines brought before the Permanent Court…

Del Rosario urges PH gov’t to raise arbitral win to 74th UN General Assembly

MANILA—The country’s former top diplomat urged the Duterte government anew to bring up the Philippines’ legal victory against China over the South China Sea as world leaders gather at the 74th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Tuesday. “The UN General Assembly is an excellent venue because all countries will listen and the Philippines can present a case for the UN to reassert that right is might and the rule of law must be upheld,” Albert Del Rosario said in a statement released Monday. He said the Philippines,…