South China Sea: World War 3 FEARS as Vietnam secretly builds ten islands in disputed sea | World | News

The country has placed its construction in the Spratly Islands near its mainland coast to prevent criticism, the New Delhi Times reported. They have slowly added buildings on 10 major islets since 2017, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The US Centre for Strategic and International Studies also tracked new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of a runway from 750 metres to 1,300 metres. Vietnam’s construction is widely seen as defensive, the New Delhi Times reported. The country, which belongs to the Association of Southeast Asian…

How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea – New Delhi Times

Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known for working out…

How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known…

Philippines protests Chinese ships around disputed island

As many as 275 Chinese ships and boats have been spotted this year around Thitu island, also known as Pag-asa island in the Philippines, said Jason Ramon, chief of public affairs for the Philippine military’s western command, to CNN Philippines. Armed forces spokesperson Edgard Arevalo cautioned that it was difficult to quantify how many ships are around the island at any one time, as Chinese vessels “come and go” from the area. “The information that we got is the more likely intention is to establish their presence in the area,”…

Govt protests over Chinese fishing at disputed shoal

By Ralph Villanueva/Manila Times The Foreign Affairs department has formally protested China’s reported mass harvesting of giant clams at the disputed Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, which Malacanang has called as an “affront” to the Philippines.A television news report by ABS-CBN showed Filipino fishers saying Chinese boats had been doing clam extraction at Panatag “for years,” clouding the waters and affecting their fish catch.In a news briefing, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Chinese move was “definitely” a breach of the Philippines’ sovereignty. “It is surely a violation of our sovereignty…If it’s…

Philippines Sues China for Harvesting Clams in Disputed South China Sea

The Philippine government announced on Monday it will take legal action against China for harvesting giant clams at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Filipino fishermen complained, with video evidence to back them up, that Chinese Coast Guard ships are blocking their access to the shoal and seizing their catches while Chinese fishermen harvest the clams. The Philippine government has tended to downplay these claims until now, stating they have no conclusive evidence of the Chinese physically harassing Filipino fishermen in the area. That seems to have…

Disputed Drilling: Beijing Announces First South China Sea Deepwater LNG Site

The first Chinese-manufactured and operated offshore drilling platform has started operations in the South China Sea in recent days, according to the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). The deepwater rig, drilling down to 4,660 meters, will be used to supply liquified natural gas (LNG) to the Greater Bay Area, referring to a megalopolis of nine cities and two administrative regions in South China: Hong Kong and Macau connected to the southern Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing.  According to Han Xiaoping, chief of industry website China5e.com, speaking recently with the South China Morning…

Tensions bubble in South China Sea: American warship cruises disputed sea | World | thenews.com.pk

Tensions bubble in South China Sea: American warship cruises disputed sea MANILA: A US warship laden with hi-tech fighter planes took centre stage at key war games in the Philippines on Thursday, brandishing military might as fresh tensions bubble in the contentious South China Sea. The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, with at least 10 F-35B stealth jets on deck, stood guard as amphibious tanks rolled onto a Philippine beach located a short sail from islands also claimed by China. The vessel was in the area for long-running US-Philippine military…

Controversial Chinese oil rig drills first well in east South China Sea | China | South China Sea | oil | rig | drilling | islands | disputed | indigenous | US | Philippines | Vietnam | Haiyang Shiyou 981 | HYSY 981

An indigenously-developed deep-sea semi-submersible drilling platform has completed drilling its first deep-water development in east South China sea, according to the Chinese state-owned publication, Global Times. With a measured wellbore depth 4,660 metres and a true vertical depth (the distance from the well to the surface) of 2,529 meters, it is claimed to be the first deep-water well in operation by a Chinese-manufactured platform. The $1 billion platform was built by the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and was launched in 2012. That same year, the company’s chairman, Wang…

‘China out; defend our sovereign rights’: Filipinos rally against Beijing’s presence in disputed South China Sea

Protesters descended on the Chinese embassy in Manila on Tuesday to oppose the Asian superpower’s growing sway in the Philippines and as tensions rise over Beijing’s presence in the disputed South China Sea. Filipino flag-waving marchers chanted “China out” and brandished a banner saying “Defend our sovereign rights,” referring to Beijing’s expansive claims to the resource-rich waterway. Anti-China protesters raise placards and national flags during a protest in front of Chinese consular office in the financial district of Manila on April 9, 2019. Photo: Ted Aljibe/AFP. “The government headed by President (Rodrigo) Duterte is not…