China Expected to Ignore Philippine Protest over Upgrade of a Disputed Islet | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China is expected to ignore a Philippine protest against creation of an “administrative center” on a disputed islet because Manila has few means to follow up, but the outcry could throttle Beijing’s eventual pursuit of more legal control over  Asia’s most hotly disputed sea.    The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs on April 30 rejected China’s “illegal designation” of Fiery Cross Reef as an administrative center, according to the department’s website. Chinese officials point to historical usage records as support for their claims to numerous features in the…

Group to Duterte admin: Defy, protest China fishing ‘ban’ in disputed waters

The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) is urging the Duterte administration to protest and defy China’s “fishing ban” as a fish conservation measure in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). In a news statement denouncing and rejecting the Chinese fishing ban in the disputed territory from May 1 to August 16, Pamalakaya National Chairman Fernando Hicap said China has no right and moral ascendancy to declare a fishing ban in the area considering the damage of its overfishing it has already caused. During the said fishing…

Mark Esper, Defense chief, says China continuing ‘provocations’ in disputed South China Sea

About a week after Chinese officials claimed they expelled an American Navy destroyer from disputed waters in the South China Sea, the U.S. Department of Defense is continuing to track “very aggressive” behavior from naval and air units of the People’s Liberation Army. During an online discussion sponsored by the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper on Monday said Beijing has not been consistent in how it follows international maritime norms. “They’re claiming territory or space that simply is not theirs,” Mr. Esper said. Chinese officials…

As the World Fights the Wuhan Virus, China Installs ‘Jurisdiction’ Over Disputed South China Sea

  On April 18, China’s State Council announced its approval of setting up two new municipal districts as dependencies of the southernmost Sansha city, in Hainan province. The new “Xisha District” and “Nansha District” cover the South China Sea.   China’s institutions on the Fiery Cross Reef (Yongshu Reef) will be in charge of the administration of the islands, reefs, and sea areas of the Spratly Islands (Nansha Islands). The Fiery Cross Reef, occupied by China, used to be an underwater reef. The Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam also have historical…

China updates disputed maritime maps to return to Vietnam | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China has renamed dozens of islets and submarine morphologies in the South China Sea, a move that according to some analysts intends to reject Vietnamese naval incursions into the controversial waterway. Two Chinese government ministers renamed 25 islets and 55 submerged elements in the South China Sea extending from Hong Kong to Borneo, the country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs reported on its website on April 19. This act, although it does not automatically give China greater legal sovereignty than five other Asian governments with claims on the…

China Updates Disputed Sea Maps to Get Back at Vietnam | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China has renamed scores of islets and underwater landforms in the South China Sea, a move some analysts say is intended to push back against Vietnamese naval incursions in the disputed waterway. Two Chinese government ministries have renamed 25 islets and 55 submerged features in the South China Sea that stretches from Hong Kong to Borneo, the country’s Civil Affairs Ministry said on its website April 19. This act, though it doesn’t automatically give China more legal sovereignty than five other Asian governments with claims to the…

US warships enter disputed waters in the South China Sea, escalating tensions with Beijing

US warships have sailed into disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to military analysts, heightening a standoff in the waterway and sharpening the rivalry between the United States and China, even as much of the world is in lockdown because of the coronavirus. The USS America, an amphibious assault ship, and the USS Bunker Hill, a guided missile cruiser, entered contested waters off Malaysia. At the same time, a Chinese government ship in the area has for days been tailing a Malaysian state oil company ship carrying out…