South China Sea: US military operations bringing China to brink of war – shock claim | World | News

The South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s annual report claims the United States has intensified its military operations in the region’s waters. It claimed American forces had conducted eight so-called freedom of navigation operations – in which US vessels sail within 12 nautical miles of land claimed or occupied by China – last year, which was three more than in 2018. The report, which tracks US activity in the South China Sea, also said America had engaged in at least 50 joint and multiple exercises with countries from Southeast…

Satellite image shows Chinese military plane on Kagitingan Reef

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe MANILA, Philippines – A Chinese military plane landed on Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef) in the West Philippine Sea on Saturday, March 28, a satellite image showed. In a tweet on Sunday, March 29, the Israel-based satellite imaging service company ImageSat International said a Chinese military Y-8 transport aircraft landed on the artificial island, “probably bringing supplies.” “Routine operation of transport aircraft in…

US military operations in South China Sea increase risk of confrontation, think tank says

The United States intensified its military activity in the South China Sea last year, raising the risk of a confrontation with China in the strategically important waters, according to a Beijing-based think tank. The US conducted eight so-called freedom of navigation operations in the year – three more than in 2018 – during which its vessels sailed within 12 nautical miles of land claimed or occupied by China, according to the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative’s annual report. American forces also engaged in at least 50 joint and…

Editorial: Stealthy as ever | Eleven Media Group Co., Ltd

MANILA (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN) – As the Philippines battles the spread of COVID-19 among its people, another malignancy continues to cast a shadow in a specific part of the country—the West Philippine Sea, where last week the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched two research stations on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) and Subi (Zamora) Reefs in the Spratly Islands, ostensibly to “help scientists expand their research into deep sea ecology, geology, environment, material sciences and marine energy.” According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, the research stations “play a part in monitoring ecological…

Stealthy as ever | Inquirer Opinion

As the Philippines battles the spread of COVID-19 among its people, another malignancy continues to cast a shadow in a specific part of the country—the West Philippine Sea, where last week the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched two research stations on Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) and Subi (Zamora) Reefs in the Spratly Islands, ostensibly to “help scientists expand their research into deep sea ecology, geology, environment, material sciences and marine energy.” According to China’s state news agency Xinhua, the research stations “play a part in monitoring ecological and seismic changes in…

South China Sea: China’s missiles tests in region contested by Philippines revealed | World | News

The tests occurred in 2019, as NBC reported at the time, quoting a US official who said: “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea.” The source even warned that future tests would be undertaken, stating that: “The window for testing remains open until July 3, and the official expects the Chinese military to test again before it closes.” No US Navy vessels were in the area when the missile or missiles splashed down, but the official described the…

South China Sea: Beijing’s ‘dangerous game’ that risks brutal war amid Philippines row | World | News

Beijing and the US have seen their relations break down in recent years – and aside from trade war feuds – the South China Sea has been a huge wedge between the two superpowers. The region is host to lucrative shipping lanes and trading ports, provoking President Xi Jinping to enforce a controversial Nine-Dash Line demarcation of what China deems to be its territory. The demarcation enforces a claim over all of the island clusters in the region and 90 percent of the South China Sea as a whole, but…

China opens new research outposts in the West Philippine Sea

KAGITINGAN REEF. This satellite image dated January 1, 2018, shows Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the West Philippine Sea. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe MANILA, Philippines – China has opened two new new research outposts in the West Philippine Sea, on artificial islands that used to be submerged reefs and are claimed as territory by the Philippines. The Integrated Research Center for Islands and Reefs of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) officially launched research centers on Zamora (Subi) Reef and Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, according to a report by the…

Vietnam affirms sovereignty over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa archipelagos

Hang made the remarks at the ministry’s regular press conference in Hanoi on March 26, while answering reporters’ queries regarding Vietnam’s response to Chinese media’s information about China’s launch of two research stations on Fiery Cross and Subi Reefs of Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago. She reiterated that Vietnam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence testifying its sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa archipelagos in line with international law. Therefore, all activities on those islands must have Vietnam’s permission, the spokesperson stressed. Regarding Taiwan (China)’s live-fire…

Respect Vietnam’s sovereignty over Spratly Islands, China told

“All activities on the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands must receive Vietnam’s approval. Vietnam asks that China respects its sovereignty and refrain from actions which could escalate tensions, complicate the situation and affect peace and stability in the East Sea and the region, as well as efforts of countries in the negotiation process for the South China Sea Code of Conduct (COC),” Foreign Minstry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Thursday. The East Sea is known internationally as the South China Sea. Hang was responding to an…