In The Tussle For The South China Sea, A Mayor Tries To Protect His Island : Parallels : NPR

Pag-asa island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, is claimed by both the Philippines and China. It’s the only inhabited island in the Spratlys. Rolex Dela Pena/Pool/AP hide caption toggle caption Rolex Dela Pena/Pool/AP Pag-asa island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, is claimed by both the Philippines and China. It’s the only inhabited island in the Spratlys. Rolex Dela Pena/Pool/AP It wasn’t so long ago, says Eugenio Bito-onon Jr., that everyone in the Spratly Islands,…

Tu Linh boat race – a unique festival of Ly Son island district

The festival, which is a folk cultural feature imbued with the traditional identities of people on the island, aims to pay homage to natives’ ancestors who formed the island and soldiers who have fought for the country’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes. The event is also an opportunity for the local people to pray for prosperity, peace and smooth voyages for the fishermen. From Sa Ky seaport (Quang Ngai Province), it takes about one hour for visitors to get to Dao Lon (Big Island)…

Destroying China’s South China Sea Island Bases In a War Might Not Be So Easy

China’s island outposts in the China Seas could prove to be difficult targets during wartime. American military planners shouldn’t assume otherwise, warned Gregory Poling, a fellow with the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. “Couldn’t the United States easily neutralize these remote outposts in a conflict, negating their value?” Poling wrote at War on the Rocks. “The assumption is understandable given how seemingly remote the facilities are and how accustomed Americans have become to uncontested dominance over the sea and air.” “But…

Indonesia’s President Visits Island in Waters Disputed by China

JAKARTA — President Joko Widodo visited an island in waters disputed by China on Wednesday to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty amid a standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels. The confrontation began in mid-December when a Chinese coast guard vessel and fishing boats, entered waters in Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone, off the coast of the northern Natuna islands, prompting Jakarta to summon Beijing’s ambassador. Widodo told reporters on Natuna Besar island that the disputed waters belong solely to Indonesia. “We have a district here, a regent, and a governor here,” he said.…

The Conventional Wisdom on China’s Island Bases Is Dangerously Wrong

Last month, during a conference on China’s maritime ambitions, I was asked a question I often get about Beijing’s artificial island bases in the South China Sea. That question goes something like this: Couldn’t the United States easily neutralize these remote outposts in a conflict, negating their value? The assumption is understandable given how seemingly remote the facilities are and how accustomed Americans have become to uncontested dominance over the sea and air. But it is flawed. In fact, China, not the United States, would control the sea and airspace…

AFP: Dozens of Chinese vessels spotted near Pag-asa Island

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese fishing vessels continue to stay near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Western Command chief Vice Adm. Rene Medina said Wednesday there were 38 stationary Chinese boats surrounding the sandbars of Pag-asa as of Tuesday night. There are three sandbars between Pag-asa and the Philippine-claimed but China-controlled Zamora (Subi) Reef, which the Chinese had developed into a massive military outpost. Pag-asa is the only outpost occupied by the Philippines in the Spratly Islands with a civilian community. There were no Chinese…

Tet gifts presented to soldiers on Song Tu Tay island | Society

At the event (Photo: sggp)   Hanoi (VNA) – A working delegation from Brigade 146, High Command of Naval Zone 4, and reporters visited and presented gifts to soldiers and residents on Song Tu Tay island, Truong Sa district, the central province of Khanh Hoa on December 24, ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.  They also granted necessities and scholarships to students in Song Tu Tay island commune. Earlier, gifts were also offered to soldiers on DK1 offshore platform on December 20. The delegation will continue their…

MH370 crash-landed ‘by hijackers on uninhabited Philippines island with runway’

A small airfield on an island belonging to the Philippines could have been where MH370 ‘s potential hijackers crashlanded the plane, an expert has claimed. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 came down on March 8, 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board. Egyptian aeronautical expert Ismail Hammad has revealed in a report to Daily Star Online his theory about how MH370 was hijacked. Now, he has explained why he believes the plane’s potential hijackers could have chosen a remote Philippine island to bring it down. Ismail told Daily Star…

South China Sea news: Japan enrages China by buying £113million island for military base | World | News

In a move which is certain to enrage Beijing, the Japanese Government is spending £113million (16 billion yen) on Mageshima island in the East China Sea. The move echoes China’s increasing militarisation of the South China Sea, where it has fortified a large number of similarly uninhabited islands. It’s important to secure the site for field carrier landing practice from the viewpoint of security Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga explained: “It’s important to secure the site for field carrier landing practice from the viewpoint of security…