Locsin jokes rising sea levels are the solution to China’s ‘illegal’ structures

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Tedoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday shared how he once poked fun at the country’s sea dispute with China in one of the meetings of the United Nations Security Council. “[The Philippines] is way ahead of whites on climate change although at the UN Security Council I said the Philippines is ambivalent about climate change raising sea levels; it may be the final solution to the repeated taking of our reefs by China because the sea will swallow their…

China’s island-builder has US embassy in Manila surrounded

MANILA — China Harbour Engineering has clinched a contract for a $1 billion land reclamation project to extend SM Prime Holdings‘ Mall of Asia complex in Manila, with construction greenlighted to begin next year. The company is among a group of Chinese construction companies working on at least five separate land reclamation projects in Manila Bay that will effectively leave the U.S. government’s bayside embassy in the Philippine capital surrounded by reclaimed land. China Harbour will partner with Dutch company Royal Boskalis Westminster, for the 360-hecatre project, according to Alexander…

China’s Ban on U.S. Navy Port Visits to Hong Kong Doesn’t Actually Matter

No sailor forgets walking through the steamy streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, or crossing Victoria Harbor at night as The Peak looms over the sparkling Hong Kong skyline. It seems, however, that for American sailors, that experience is a thing of the past. The U.S. military can no longer visit Hong Kong, following a recent announcement from China’s Foreign Ministry indefinitely suspending U.S. ship and aircraft visits to the city. While the announcement was delivered to sound as if this is a new and punitive development in response to the…

US, EU, India Mount Incomplete Yet Increasingly Coordinated Response to China’s Maritime Claims

News Analysis WASHINGTON—Since China began turning Pacific reefs and atolls into militarized islands, countries around the world have struggled with how to respond. Complicating the matter is what is known as the Hague verdict. In July 2016, an international tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, overwhelmingly ruled in favor of the Philippines’ claims of sovereignty in waters that China had claimed for itself. China has refused to accept that verdict, calling it “nothing but a scrap of paper.” That intractability on China’s part, combined with the reality of militarized islands, a…

World War 3 – China’s new wonder weapon that could destroy the west | World | News

The weapon is the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) most powerful multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) ever, capable of firing eight 370mm rockets 350km or two 750mm ballistic missiles 500km. A leading American military magazine, ‘Modern Ships’, has made the claim after examining footage of the parade where the weapon passed by largely anonymously. A commentator for state broadcaster Chinese CCTV described it only as a “self-propelled rocket launcher with precision strike capability”. But ‘Modern Weapons’ challenged that statement stressing the systems impressively destructive capabilities. Whilst it remains unknown how many…

US, EU, and India Mount Incomplete but Increasingly Co-ordinated Response to China’s Maritime Claims

Since China began turning Pacific reefs and atolls into manmade and militarized islands, countries around the world have struggled with how to respond. Complicating the matter is what is known as the Hague verdict. In July 2016 an international tribunal in the Hague overwhelmingly ruled in favor of the Philippines’ claims of sovereignty in waters that China had claimed for itself. China has refused to accept that verdict, calling it “nothing but a scrap of paper.” That intractability on China’s part, combined with the reality of militarized islands, a massive…