Vietnam Quietly Builds Up 10 Islands in South China Sea

Both China and Vietnam are building up small islands in the South China Sea, a waterway known in Vietnam as the East Sea. China has received a lot of criticism for its actions there. But Vietnam receives very little international criticism. In fact, the country even gets some support because the speed of its island-building project is slower and widely seen as defensive. There are several differences between the ways the countries are operating in the South China Sea. First, Vietnam has held its islands for many years. In addition,…

China told to ‘lay off’ Philippines’ islands shows SHIFT in Manila-Beijing relationship | World | News

As the midterm elections in the Philippines approach, President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to overturn his “soft” approach with China over the territory, by engaging in talks with US President Donald Trump to increase their joint military efforts. Mr Duterte’s administration also warned China to “lay off” Manila-owned Thitu Island, in the Spratly archipelago. This came after 200 Chinese vessels were spotted there in what the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs condemned as “a clear violation of Philippine sovereignty”. President Duterte has faced criticism for his handling of China and…

Philippines Morning News For April 22, 2019

DOF: P1.01B daily underspending in Q1 due to reenacted budgetThe government was unable to spend more than P1 billion per day on public goods and services as it had ought to during the first quarter due to the budget impasse in Congress, according to the head of the Duterte administration’s economic team.— Philippine Daily Inquirer NG’s Q1 budget gap down 41% to P90.2BTHE national government recorded a budget deficit of P90.245 billion for the first quarter of 2019, as expenditures outpaced revenues, but the gap was much lower than last…

Filipino scientists kick off research expedition to Kalayaan islands

Filipino scientists kick off research expedition to Kalayaan islands (Philstar.com) – April 22, 2019 – 1:25pm MANILA, Philippines — An all-Filipino scientific expedition to the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the West Philippine Sea was launched Monday. Scientists from the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), along with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), will conduct a two-week biological and oceanographic research in the West Philippine Sea. BFAR researchers will be using BRP Lapu-Lapu, a BFAR Multi-Mission Offshore Vessel that was built in Navotas City…

China kicks off showcase of military might

This is a weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: CHINA SHOWING LATEST MILITARY HARDWARE China’s first aircraft carrier will take part in a naval review Tuesday marking the People’s Republic navy’s 70th anniversary, joined by latest-generation nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets. Deputy navy commander Qiu Yanpeng said Saturday that 32 Chinese vessels and…

Letter: Don’t provide fuel for China

The proposed methanol refinery in Kalama will supply fuel for China; and oil from the expanded Zenith terminal in Portland, shipped down our Columbia River, is designated for export. Northwest Innovation Works wants to build the world’s largest methanol refinery in Kalama, using Canadian fracked gas whose extraction destroys aquifers. Wu Lebin, chairman of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Holding Co., which is part of the Chinese government, which owns NWIW, envisions our methanol as fuel in China. Chinese expansion threatens freedom of the seas. Over 200 Chinese ships are…

Commentary: Time for a new Philippine strategy toward China

Commentary: Time for a new Philippine strategy toward China Not even a powerful president like Duterte can prevent China from altering the status quo. So, what’s the plan? In his most provocative statement yet, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged China to stay away from a Philippine-controlled island in the South China Sea: “I am asking you, I will not plead or beg, but I’m just telling you, lay off the Pag-asa because I have soldiers there. And if you lay a finger on them, it’s another story. I will tell my soldiers, prepare…

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea :: WRAL.com

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts in the region. ___ CHINA SHOWING LATEST MILITARY HARDWARE China’s first aircraft carrier will take part in a naval review…

Locsin mocks Beijing’s proenvironment tack

Zamora Reef. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Updated @ 10:31 p.m., April 20, 2019 MANILA, Philippines — There is nothing heroic about repairing something that you damaged yourself, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said of China’s announcement that it would repair coral reefs damaged by their island building in the West Philippine Sea. “I have seen propaganda lapped up by tree huggers that China is massively restoring the environment they damaged like they are heroes for that,” Locsin posted on Twitter on Friday. ‘Thank you for shooting me’ The country’s top diplomat…