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,…

Duterte Might Discuss South China Sea during China Visit

President Rodrigo Duterte, who is expected to attend a two-day forum in China this week, could raise the issue of Beijing’s encroachment in Philippine-claimed areas in the South China Sea during a meeting with his counterpart Xi Jinping, an official said Monday. This comes two weeks after Duterte warned China to stay away from areas controlled by Manila in the disputed sea region. He said he was prepared to send troops if necessary following an announcement by his government that Chinese ships had been spotted near Pag-asa island within the…

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…

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…