What China Wants in the South China Sea

In many ways, the American label of ‘great wall of sand’ that was applied to the artificial islands in the South China Sea encapsulates a key element of Chinese thinking. The same desire to protect China from external threats that produced the terrestrial Great Wall has been extended into the South China Sea. It’s significant that a Chinese senior officer once expressed surprise at the American label of ‘anti-access/area denial’ for China’s maritime strategy and remarked that the Chinese called what they were doing ‘coastal defence’. By creating facilities such…

China hopes Trump will be reelected: He’s easy to read and easy to buy off.

Though the U.S.-China relationship has been rocky over the past 18 months, many in China’s halls of power hope that the American leader will win a second term next year. For although he may seem unpredictable, Chinese officials are betting that Trump’s transactional approach to politics might be preferable to a more principle-driven president, whether Democrat or Republican. “Trump is a businessman. We can just pay him money and the problems will be solved,” said a politically connected person in Beijing, speaking on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly…

Satellite image shows China’s aerostat at Mischief Reef

Satellite image shows China’s aerostat at Mischief Reef Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – November 26, 2019 – 1:02pm MANILA, Philippines — A Chinese aerostat was seen floating above Mischief Reef, one of Beijing’s artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea. ImageSat International posted a photo of the aerostat, which is probably used for military intelligence-gathering purposes. “The use of #aerostat allows China a continuous situational awareness in this resource-rich region,” ImageSat posted on Twitter. For the first time, #China‘s aerostat, probably for #military #intelligence-gathering purposes, seen by #ISI…

Indonesia looks to Hawaii, Guam for inspiration to develop South China Sea outpost – World

Indonesia is looking to Guam and Hawaii for inspiration as it seeks to develop Natuna Islands into an international geotourist location while fortifying its northernmost borders in the contentious South China Sea at the same time. The Foreign Ministry is currently working to nominate Natuna in Riau Islands province as a UNESCO Global Geopark, said the Foreign Ministry’s Policy Analysis and Development Agency head, Siswo Pramono, on Monday. The effort is being coordinated under the Sustainable Island Development Initiative (SIDI) – a multistakeholder engagement and partnership established by the Foreign…

No mention of South China Sea dispute in Duterte-Moon meeting, says Lorenzana

Last updated Nov 26, 2019 By Prince Golez President Rodrigo Duterte did not raise the issue on the maritime dispute over the South China Sea (SCS) during his bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. “Wala, hindi nabanggit ‘yun. Hindi nabanggit,” said Lorenzana in an interview at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center in Busan on Tuesday. Duterte earlier said he will discuss security matters, including the SCS row, with Moon on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea Commemorative…

Philippine marine life endangered by China: scholar

China should ban the giant-clam trade to save the coral reefs in the South China Sea from furtherdegradation, according to a US marine biologist.  Kent Carpenter from Old Dominion University in Virginia testified in favour of the Philippines in its territorial disputes with China, saying Beijing’s activity has devastated the marine environment. The academic environmentalist said giant-clam harvesting and island-building were responsible for most of the destruction. “The destructive island-building activities in the South China Sea not only smothered corals by covering them over with actual sand but the sand itself is…

No mention of South China Sea issue in Duterte-Moon talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan, South Korea, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. (Lee Jin-wook/Yonhap via AP) BUSAN, South Korea — President Rodrigo Duterte did not raise the South China Sea (SCS) row during his bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the Philippines’ Defense department secretary said Tuesday. “Wala, hindi nabanggit ‘yun [No, that was not mentioned],” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in an interview in this port city when asked if Duterte…