China issues warning to US after warships pass disputed islands

BEIJING — This is your recent look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. CHINA ISSUES WARNING TO US NAVY SHIPS China’s foreign ministry has protested the presence of U.S. Navy ships in waters it claims and says it has warned them to keep away. Spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that…

China Protests US Sending Combat Ships To Disputed Islands In South China Sea – Beijing

Beijing has vigorously protested the passage of US naval vessels through the South China Sea, claiming that the United States’ actions have damaged China’s sovereignty and security considerably, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday BEIJING (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 22nd November, 2019) Beijing has vigorously protested the passage of US naval vessels through the South China Sea, claiming that the United States‘ actions have damaged China‘s sovereignty and security considerably, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday. Earlier in the week, two US ships…

Vietnam rejects China’s territorial claim on Spratly Islands

Vietnam “completely rejects all statements made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang on November 8 on the Spratly Islands,” which is Vietnamese territory, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a press release Wednesday. Shuang told Chinese media last Friday that “the core of the South China Sea issue is territory, a matter related to the occupation of China’s Nansha Islands by Vietnam and other countries concerned. “I hope the Vietnamese side will face up to the historical fact, keep to our high-level consensus and resolve differences…

US Coast Guard Plays Role in Contested Spratly Islands | Voice of America

KALAYAAN, PHILIPPINES — A U.S. fleet has begun the sea phase of a joint maritime training exercise near the contested waters of the Spratly Islands, along with naval assets from the Philippines and Japan. The U.S Coast Guard cutter Stratton sailed out the harbor of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, on Thursday, along with four U.S. Navy ships. Speaking from Puerto Princesa earlier this week, Navy Capt. Antoinette McCann told VOA that the Coast Guard has an important role in providing for the security and prosperity of the region. “The United States Navy and…

Coast Guard cutter joins multinational drills near contested South China Sea islands – Pacific

Coast Guard cutter joins multinational drills near contested South China Sea islands YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Coast Guard is taking part in annual training near contentious South China Sea islands involving the U.S. and Philippine navies and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The exercise — Maritime Training Activity Sama Sama — is underway this week on and around Palawan, the Philippine island closest to the Spratlys Islands, southwest of Manila, a Navy statement said. China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia dispute the ownership of…

Man-made Islands Are More Common Than You Think

The British Isles are made up of more than 6,000 islands, but that wasn’t enough for some of their Neolithic residents. In northern Scotland, ancient peoples used to pile hundreds of boulders on lake bottoms, riverbeds and estuary floors. Using this technique, they painstakingly built scores of tiny islands, some of which are around 5,500 years old. “Island construction has occurred for thousands of years,” John W. McManus, a professor and marine ecologist at the University of Miami, says in an email. Over in the New World, the Aztecs engineered…

US, Taiwanese Governments Cohost ‘Pacific Islands Dialogue’ to Discuss Closer Cooperation

TAIPEI, Taiwan—The threats posed by the Chinese regime and the importance of Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific region were spotlighted during a regional forum hosted by U.S. officials and Taiwanese government officials on Oct. 7. And for the first time, Taiwan’s foreign minister confirmed that the Chinese regime had plans to increase their military presence in two Pacific nations that recently cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan, warning that those projects could threaten U.S. security interests in the region. In September, Taiwan lost two of its Pacific allies, the Solomon Islands and…

Spratly Islands ours—China – Manila Standard Mobile

posted April 13, 2019 at 01:50 am by  PNA China on Thursday repeated its claim over the Spratly Islands after Malacañang slammed the persistent presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea. Lu Kang “The Nansha Islands are China’s territory, which is backed by sufficient historical and jurisprudential evidence,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing. “For thousands of years, Chinese fishermen have been fishing in these waters in the South China Sea. Their rights should not be challenged.” Lu made his statement after Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo…

US warship runs another FONOP near Paracel Islands

BEIJING — This is your weekly look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. U.S. DESTROYER CHALLENGES CHINESE CLAIM A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands last week in a challenge to China’s claim to the waters around them. The operation by the guided-missile destroyer Wayne E. Meyer on Friday…