Philippines Strengthens Claim On This South China Sea Island l Star2.com

The Philippines is aiming to strengthen its claims in the South China Sea by potentially building hotels for tourists on its biggest island in the disputed waterway, officials said. Manila has administrative control over Thitu – the second-largest naturally occurring landmass in the Spratly archipelago – and wants to bolster its sovereignty by adding new infrastructure. In doing so it will be following in the footsteps of China, which also stakes ownership claims to the Spratlys – along with Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam – and has even built artificial…

Welcome to the Battle of Yijiangshan Island (America Threatened to Nuke China)

At 8:00 a.m. on December 18, fifty-four Il-10 attack planes and Tu-2 twin-engine bombers, escorted by eighteen La-11 fighters, struck the headquarters and artillery positions of the KMT garrison. These were just the first wave of a six-hour aerial bombardment that involved 184 aircraft, unleashing over 254,000 pounds of bombs. In 1955, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army embarked on a bloody amphibious landing to capture a fortified Nationalist island, only about twice the size of a typical golf course. Not only did the battle exhibit China’s growing naval capabilities, it…

The South China Sea Island China Gave Away

In 1957, as the Vietnam War escalated, the most strategic island in the Gulf of Tonkin was secretly transferred from China to Vietnam. This island, called Bach Long Vi (BLV), has long been regarded as essential not only for security and defense, but also for oil and gas exploration, marine economic development, and environmental conservation in the area. It is also an important fishery with enormous potential in seafood processing, fishing logistic services, and maritime preservation. BLV is the largest habitable island in the entire South China Sea, which is…

DILG chief: Not a good time yet for foreign tourists to visit Pag-asa Island

This April 21, 2017 photo taken from a C-130 transport plane with Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces Chief Gen. Eduardo Ano shows Thitu Island off the South China Sea. Bullit Marquez, AP It is not a good time yet for foreigners to visit Pag-asa Island, considered the most strategically important Philippine outpost in the West Philippine Sea, Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said Thursday. “It is a good island, and it is very good to put up hotels there. But probably not for (foreign) tourists muna, because that…

Philippines Could Put Hotels on South China Sea Island

Philippine officials say they may put hotels on an island that the country claims in the disputed South China Sea. Experts say the move could be an effort to boost the Philippines’ territorial claim over Thitu island and to counter Chinese expansion in the sea. Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recently spoke about planned improvements for Thitu. He said the main goal is to repair a runway on the island by the end of the year. But Lorenzana said there were also plans to build military structures on Thitu for…

HCMC connects overseas Vietnamese up to national sea, island sovereignty | Ho Chi Minh City

Chairman of the committee Phung Cong Dung said that overseas Vietnamese has conducted many practical activities towards the country’s sea and islands. Of these, Mr. Tran Thang from the US collected and gave Da Nang city hundreds of old maps published by many nations in the world showing that Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands are located in Vietnam’s territorial waters. Informing delegates of the Club “For beloved Hoang Sa-Truong Sa”, former Vice President Truong My Hoa, who is chairwoman of the club, said that the club has…

Pag-asa Island Garrison Blockade Feared As 100 Chinese Boats Seen Around Island

A tweet from Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin that said “Diplomatic protest fired off,” coming moments after a press briefing held by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr., captures the Philippines’ worry about a new confrontation with China over a disputed island in the South China Sea. In his briefing, Esperon advised that diplomatic action be taken to deal with over 100 Chinese vessels lurking in the waters off Pag-asa, one of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea where a garrison of marines is maintained by the…

South China Sea latest: Philippine fury as over 100 Chinese vessels ‘swarm’ Thitu Island | World | News

Also known as Pag-asa, the island is part of the Spratly archipelago and all claimed by China, Taiwan and Vietnam. The report was made by Manila’s national security advisor Hermogenes Esperon Junior, who said the “swarming” spots occurred between July 24th and 25th. Meanwhile, their Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin called for the filing of a protest against Beijing and is in Bangkok for an Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting. Manila is a member of ASEAN while Beijing is in a Free Trade Area with the group. As…

Why Russia and China are wading into a centuries old dispute over a tiny island cluster

While Japan and South Korea may not agree on who owns a cluster of tiny, rocky islands off their coastlines, they do agree that Russian bombers shouldn’t be flying above them. South Korean fishing boats around Dokdo islets, known as “Takeshima” in Japan, volcanic islets lying 87 kilometers (54 miles) east of Ulleung Island, South Korea and 158 kilometers (98 miles) from the Japanese Island of Oki. (AP/AAP) Moscow has furiously denied Seoul’s account of the encounter, claiming that South Korean military jets recklessly intercepted two of its bombers during…

Why Russia and China are Wading into a Centuries’ Old Dispute Over a Tiny Island Cluster

A Russian A-50 AWACS command and control aircraft was photographed by Japanese jets on Tuesday. Full credit: Handout/Japanese Ministry of Defence A Russian A-50 AWACS command and control aircraft was photographed by Japanese jets on Tuesday. Full credit: Handout/Japanese Ministry of Defence While Japan and South Korea may not agree on who owns a cluster of tiny, rocky islands off their coastlines, they do agree that Russian bombers shouldn’t be flying above them. The remote Pacific outcrop, called the Dokdo Islands in South Korea and the Takeshima Islands in Japan, made headlines…