China extracted giant clams while Filipinos sat in court

A seminar in Manila last Friday (Nov 22) heard how reclamation work carried out by China in the South China Sea while the Philippines sat through a lengthy and costly arbitration hearing has caused extensive damage that extends to global ecosystems. As the Philippines sat in court China was busy stealing its giant clams a seminar in Manila has been told Chiara Zambrano via Twitter Live-tweeted by ABS-CBN correspondent Chiara Zambrano, attendees at the University of the Philippines (UP) lecture Environmental Catastrophe in the South China Sea, were told that…

South China Sea crisis: China dispatches warships amid US dispute | World | News

Chinese armed forces sent military personal to intercept two US Navy vessels after they entered the South China Sea. The confrontation was the latest in a string of disputes in the region between Beijing and other contested territories. A statement, issued by Chinese People’s Liberation Army, reacted to the recent presence of the US ships near the Spratly Islands and Paracel Islands. The statement released on Friday, read: “The Chinese PLA sent ships and aircraft to conduct the whole-process monitoring and verification on the two US warships and warned them…

This Is How The Philippines Will Help America Patrol The South China Sea

Key point: The Philippines currently has a limited maritime patrol capability. In a move that won’t please China, the Philippines is planning to acquire U.S. P-3 long-range maritime patrol planes. “It will be good if we acquire even one P-3 Orion,” said Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. “Provided it has all its original equipment. Otherwise it will just be another transport plane. We will find out if we can get one or two.” Lorenzana said the patrol aircraft would enhance the Philippines to monitor the region. The Orions would…

US attempt to drive wedge between China and other countries over COC won’t succeed

Illustration: Liu Rui/GT US Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam during his recent trip to Asia from November 13 to 21. As Esper sought to strengthen US relations with these countries, he also tried to drive a wedge between China and its regional neighbors. Vietnam was Esper’s last stop during the tour. Recently, Vietnam has taken a tough stance toward China on the South China Sea row. The country canceled Chinese action superstar Jackie Chan’s planned visit to Vietnam on November 10 following the…

US Navy confirms real intent of PH arbitration vs China – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO THE US Navy last week, in its actions and official statements, in effect revealed what was really one of the real aims of the Philippines’ arbitration suit that President Aquino 3rd and his foreign secretary Albert del Rosario brought against China in 2013. It wasn’t to win back for the Philippines islands or reefs it claims to own in the Spratly islands, which it alleges China grabbed from it. The arbitration was intended — other than to demonize China as an evil aggressor in the South China…

A nuclear detonation in the South China Sea? No, more Twitter conspiracy nonsense

There may be many territorial disputes among the countries bordering the South China Sea, but no country detonated a nuclear weapon there last week. Credit: US Department of Defense. The Twitter account @IndoPac_Info pushes out news at a relentless pace; it’s a seemingly good feed to follow for those interested in military issues in Asia. By Friday afternoon last week, the account had posted dozens of tweets over a 36-hour-or-so period linking to stories from outlets such as Reuters and Foreign Policy on topics ranging from US naval activity in…

What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea

Images by DigitalGlobe, via the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, and CNES, via Airbus DS and IHS Jane’s The speed and scale of China’s island-building spree have alarmed other countries with interests in the region. China announced in June that the creation of islands — moving sediment from the seafloor to a reef — would soon be completed. Since then, China has focused its efforts on construction. So far it has constructed port facilities, military buildings and an airstrip on the islands, with recent imagery showing evidence of two…

Inside China’s “People’s War” Plan for the South China Sea

Key point: China is rushing ahead with preparations to ensure it would gain the upper hand in any armed conflict over its territorial claims. Last year China’s defense minister, General Chang Wanquan, implored the nation to ready itself for a “people’s war at sea.” The purpose of such a campaign? To “safeguard sovereignty” after an adverse ruling from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The tribunal upheld the plain meaning of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), ruling that Beijing’s claims to “indisputable sovereignty” spanning some 80-90 percent of the South China…