Photos: China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Spotted by Satellites at Hainan Naval Base

Just days after transiting the Taiwan Strait, China’s newest aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, was spotted by satellites moored at pier on Hainan Island, on the northern coast of the South China Sea. The ship is anticipated to join the fleet before the end of the year. New photos released by private satellite imaging firm Maxar Technologies show China’s Type 001A aircraft carrier docked alone at Hainan’s Yulin Naval Base with a flight deck full of aircraft ready to go. The ship embarked from Dalian on its latest sea trials…

Vietnam Fights 9-Dash Line, Importers Told To Reject Goods Displaying China’s Claim

Life just got a bit more difficult in Vietnam for importers of Chinese goods. The Ministry of Industry and Trade, in an online statement, said companies must review contracts and improve their monitoring of imported goods. Even more onerous, importers of “high risk” items like maps, publications and gadgets, must ask sellers for a “written commitment” that none of the products violate Vietnam’s sovereignty. So, what is the fuss all about? The answer is China’s encroachment into the waters of countries that have exclusive economic zones has been a constant…

Duterte, Moon to meet in Busan

President Rodrigo Duterte will hold a bilateral meeting with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in during his “very hectic” schedule next week at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations–Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit. The Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday that Duterte and other Asean leaders were expected to discuss with Moon their partnership and cooperation on areas of mutual concern. The President will head to Busan, South Korea from Nov. 25 to 26 to attend the summit, which would mark his second visit to the country since he assumed office…

South China Sea crisis: China sends chilling warning to US as warships patrol region | World | News

Now Xi Jinping’s military has sent a fearsome warning to President Donald Trump and his representatives in Washington. US military said they twice sailed ships in the periphery of islands claimed by China as they sought to assert their authority in the region where a number of smaller nations also have claims for ownership of waters. One of these islands was Mischief Reef, where littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords traveled within 12 nautical miles of the eastern Spratly Islands, which China, Malaysia, Taiwan and the Philippines all claim sovereignty over.…

China told: Be firm on giant clams trade ban to save South China Sea reefs

MANILA, Philippines — China should strictly implement a ban on giant clams trade in order to save the reefs in the South China Sea from further degradation. This was the call of American environmentalist and marine biologist Dr. Kent Carpenter on Friday since harvesting and selling of giant clams have caused massive destruction in the marine ecosystems of the disputed South China Sea in recent years. In 2017, China banned the harvesting and selling of giant clams. But Chinese fishermen, especially in Hainan, continue to dig up the seabed with…

U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea amid tensions

(Adds Chinese foreign ministry comment in paragraphs 11-12) By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – U.S. Navy warships twice sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea in the past few days, the U.S. military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of heightened tension between the world’s two largest economies. The busy waterway is one of a number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Earlier this week during high-level talks, China called on the…

China condemns US navy sail-by in disputed waters

The US Navy regularly conducts “freedom of navigation operations” in the disputed South China Sea, where China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan have competing claims. The US Navy said the USS Gabrielle Giffords littoral combat ship sailed near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands on Wednesday, and the USS Wayne E. Meyer guided-missile destroyer passed the Paracel Islands on Thursday. “USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) challenged the restrictions on innocent passage imposed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam and also contested China’s claim to straight baselines enclosing the…

China condemns U.S. navy sail-by in disputed South China Sea

DISPUTED WATERS. This file photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows crew members of China’s South Sea Fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Stringer/AFP BEIJING, China – China on Friday, November 22, accused the US of “provocative” conduct after two US warships sailed near islands claimed by Beijing this week, adding to tensions between the global powers. The US Navy regularly conducts “freedom of navigation operations” in the disputed South China Sea, where China, Vietnam, the Philippines,…