Taiwan takes issue with Manila’s South China Sea island buildup | Politics | FocusTaiwan Mobile

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday urged all parties involved to halt any action that could escalate regional tensions in the disputed South China Sea amid ongoing construction by the Philippines on an island it occupies in the disputed region. “Taiwan reiterates its sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and urges all parties to refrain from action that could escalate tensions in the region,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said when asked to comment on Manila’s work on Thitu Island. It is “indisputable”…

AFP chief: Chinese ships near Pag-Asa Island no cause for worry

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. has played down reports that Chinese militia vessels have been gathering near Pag-asa (Thitu) Island in the South China Sea since construction started for a beaching ramp on the Philippine-occupied island. Madrigal told reporters during the change of command ceremony for the new AFP deputy chief of staff for plans (J5) on Tuesday at Camp Aguinaldo that freedom of movement had not been hampered by the presence of the Chinese vessels. The Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (Amti)…

US Navy warships sail in South China Sea near contested manmade island

The Navy sent USS Preble, left, and USS Spruance, right, near the Chinese manmade island of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Joshua Leonard / U.S. Navy photo) Two U.S. guided-missile destroyers on Monday sailed near the Chinese manmade island of Mischief Reef in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region. Last year, China added surface-to-air missiles to the contested island, one…

Taiwan takes issue with Manila’s South China Sea island buildup | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan on Monday urged all parties involved to halt any action that could escalate regional tensions in the disputed South China Sea amid ongoing construction by the Philippines on an island it occupies in the disputed region. “Taiwan reiterates its sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and urges all parties to refrain from action that could escalate tensions in the region,” Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said when asked to comment on Manila’s work on Thitu Island. It is “indisputable” that…

Two U.S. ships sail near disputed island in South China Sea

Feb. 11 (UPI) — Two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed artificial island in the South China Sea on Monday, prompting “strong dissatisfaction” from China. The USS Spruance and USS Preble — both Arleigh Burke-class destroyers — participated in what the U.S. Navy calls a “freedom of navigation operation,” according to a statement by Cmdr. Clay Doss, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, obtained by ABC News. “Spruance and Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Spratly Islands in order to…

China deploys militia as Philippines builds on Pag-asa Island

Satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show ‘a high of 95’ Chinese vessels surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea Published 1:04 PM, February 07, 2019 Updated 10:03 PM, February 07, 2019 CHINESE SHIPS. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) monitors dozens of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) after the Philippines begins constructing there. Photo courtesy of CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe MANILA, Philippines – China deployed its maritime militia to the vicinity of Pag-asa Island (Thitu Island) in…

China sent ships near Philippine-administered island, think tank says

Feb. 8 (UPI) — China may have been quietly responding to new Philippine construction in the South China Sea with deployments of ships from Subi Reef, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, a project of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. According to AMTI this week, China has previously deployed a “large fleet” of ships from Subi Reef, more than 12 nautical miles southwest of Thitu Island, which the Philippines has been developing. Thitu Island was recently in the news. On Monday, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin…

China sends paramilitary forces as Philippines repairs Pag-asa Island

China sends paramilitary forces as Philippines repairs Pag-asa Island Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) – February 8, 2019 – 10:37am MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines is repairing its facilities on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea, China has deployed ships near the island, according to a report from an independent think tank. Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) observed People’s Liberation Army Navy, Chinese Coast Guard ships and fishing vessels near Subi Reef, which is 12 nautical miles from Pag-asa Island. As early as July 2018, Chinese ships…