PLA expels US destroyer from island waters in South China Sea

The Nandao Island of Xisha Xuande Islands. [Photo/Xinhua] The Chinese military warned and expelled a US navy vessel on Thursday that illegally entered the territorial waters of China’s Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, Senior Colonel Li Huamin, the spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command, said. On Thursday, the guided missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed into the territorial waters of the islands without permission from the Chinese government. The theater command then dispatched naval and air units to identity, monitor and warn the vessel to leave,…

Tugade confirms Pag-Asa Island seaport ready to open by June 12

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29) – Transportation Secretary Art Tugade confirmed on Thursday night that the new seaport in the hotly contested Pag-Asa Island in Palawan is ready to operate by June 12. During the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) meeting Thursday night, Tugade told President Rodrigo Duterte that there will be no inauguration ceremony in the ₱450-million seaport. “Kung maaari i-accept ko na lang sa papel yan, huwag na tayo mag-inaugurate. Umpisahan na lang natin,” said Tugade. [Translation: If possible, I’ll just…

Repairs on South China Sea Island Not Yet Finished

Dennis Jay Santos and Richel V. Umel Manila and Davao, Philippines2020-05-22 The Philippines has made significant progress in upgrading facilities in an island it controls in the South China Sea, but it will “take another year at least” to finish all the construction work, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday. His announcement came more than a week after a Philippine Navy heavy landing craft, BRP Ivanatan, completed a re-provisioning mission to Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island). The island where Philippine civilians and military personnel live is a municipality within the Kalayaan…

HCMC provides financial support to infirmary in Nam Yet Island | Health

Within three months, thousands of individuals, organizations and benefactors have contributed more than VND15 billion (US$ 643,665) for the construction of the infirmary. Additionally, physicians and employees of HCMC based People’s Hospital 115 provided medical equipment and drugs to the new infirmary. Speaking at the ceremony to give money for infirmary construction, Deputy Commander of the Vietnam People’s Navy Rear Admiral Luong Viet Hung sent a big thank-you to HCMC leaders and city dwellers who always love the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands. The infirmary manifests the love of city residents…

PH Navy vessel docks at Pagasa Island port

AUSSIE DONATION Philippine coast guards check out the heavy landing craft donated by Australia to be named C. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ The Philippine Navy’s BRP Ivatan (LC298) made history last week for being the first Navy vessel to dock at the newly constructed port at Pagasa Island on the West Philippine Sea. In a statement issued on late Tuesday, Naval Forces West acting public affairs officer Lt. Maivi Neri said the vessel was able to berth on May 13 near the port of the island, which is part of the Kalayaan…

PH Navy ship docks at Pag-asa Island – The Manila Times

A Philippine Navy ship made history when it docked at the Philippine-occupied Pag-asa (Thitu) Island to drop off soldiers. Commo. Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West, said BRP Ivatan (LC298) docked at a “newly constructed” port on May 13 at Pag-asa Island, one of Manila’s occupied features at the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Group of Islands). The ship sailed to the island as part of its mission to bring fresh troops and provisions for the Philippine detachments at the West Philippine Sea. BRP Ivatan also made its rounds at the detachments located at Rizal (Commodore) Reef, Patag…

Harvesting vegetables with ‘sand-to-earth’ tech on S. China Sea island beach

Photo: Chongqing Jiaotong University Chinese navy garrisoned on an island in the Xisha Islands of the South China Sea recently harvested 1.5 tons of vegetables on sandy beaches for the first time, using technology which experts said could support communities on islands. Seven kinds of vegetables, including Pakchoi cabbage, lettuce and baby Chinese cabbage, were harvested on a “sand to earth” experimental field on Yongxing Island in Sansha city, South China’s Hainan Province, on May 12, according to a report from the Chinese navy on Tuesday. “The technology will be…

China To Hold Massive Invasion Drill Simulating Capture Of Taiwan Island

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), concerned over a growing U.S. military presence in the South China Sea, is planning a military drill off Hainan Island in August. The drill, described as a large-scale landing drill, is a practice run for a possible attempt by the PLA to capture Pratas Island, a Taiwanese-held island located about halfway between Hainan and Taiwan. Pratas is called Dongsha Island by the Chinese and is home to a small airfield used mainly by the Taiwanese military. Its position is about 200 miles (320 km) off…

PH Navy makes historic ship docking on Pag-asa island » Manila Bulletin News

Published May 19, 2020, 4:28 PM By Martin Sasdongdong BRP Ivatan (LC298), a landing craft, has made a historic dock at the nearly-completed port of Pagasa (Thitu) Island in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG or Spratly Islands)—making it the first ever Philippine Navy (PN) vessel that berthed on the Philippine-occupied island located in the West Philippine Sea, the military revealed on May 19, Tuesday. (PH Navy/Naval Forces West) Commodore Renato David, commander of Naval Forces West (NFW), said the docking of BRP Ivatan on Pagasa Island happened last May 13…

China’s island war games rattle Taiwan | World

Taiwan has vowed to defend its islands amid reports that China is building up forces and plans to conduct war games simulating their seizure. Major-General Lin Wen-huang said Taiwan’s military was monitoring “hostile forces” in the South China Sea and had prepared measures to protect the strategic and disputed Pratas islands, after reports that Beijing was planning beach landing exercises on nearby Hainan island. The Pratas islands, or Dongsha in Chinese, lie between Chinese-controlled Hainan and Taiwan. Beijing does not recognise self-governing Taiwan and has vowed to take it back…