Vietnam Quietly Builds Up 10 Islands in South China Sea

Both China and Vietnam are building up small islands in the South China Sea, a waterway known in Vietnam as the East Sea. China has received a lot of criticism for its actions there. But Vietnam receives very little international criticism. In fact, the country even gets some support because the speed of its island-building project is slower and widely seen as defensive. There are several differences between the ways the countries are operating in the South China Sea. First, Vietnam has held its islands for many years. In addition,…

China told to ‘lay off’ Philippines’ islands shows SHIFT in Manila-Beijing relationship | World | News

As the midterm elections in the Philippines approach, President Rodrigo Duterte is attempting to overturn his “soft” approach with China over the territory, by engaging in talks with US President Donald Trump to increase their joint military efforts. Mr Duterte’s administration also warned China to “lay off” Manila-owned Thitu Island, in the Spratly archipelago. This came after 200 Chinese vessels were spotted there in what the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs condemned as “a clear violation of Philippine sovereignty”. President Duterte has faced criticism for his handling of China and…

Filipino scientists kick off research expedition to Kalayaan islands

Filipino scientists kick off research expedition to Kalayaan islands (Philstar.com) – April 22, 2019 – 1:25pm MANILA, Philippines — An all-Filipino scientific expedition to the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) in the West Philippine Sea was launched Monday. Scientists from the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), along with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), will conduct a two-week biological and oceanographic research in the West Philippine Sea. BFAR researchers will be using BRP Lapu-Lapu, a BFAR Multi-Mission Offshore Vessel that was built in Navotas City…

South China Sea: World War 3 FEARS as Vietnam secretly builds ten islands in disputed sea | World | News

The country has placed its construction in the Spratly Islands near its mainland coast to prevent criticism, the New Delhi Times reported. They have slowly added buildings on 10 major islets since 2017, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The US Centre for Strategic and International Studies also tracked new communications equipment, a sports field and the extension of a runway from 750 metres to 1,300 metres. Vietnam’s construction is widely seen as defensive, the New Delhi Times reported. The country, which belongs to the Association of Southeast Asian…

Satellite photos show Chinese maritime militia near Kota, Panata Islands

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 18) — Photos released by a U.S. based think tank showed vessels believed to be part of China’s maritime militia in the vicinity of Philippine-occupied island features in the South China Sea. A report by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) on Tuesday showed the vessels drawing as close as less than a kilometer (km) away from Kota and Panata Islands, which are part of the hotly-contested Spratly Island group. The two features are around 44 km away from Pag-asa Island, where a Chinese flotilla…

How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea – New Delhi Times

Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known for working out…

How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive. Vietnam’s work on islets it has held for decades is kept to areas of the South China Sea closest to its mainland coasts. The country shuns military mega projects that might appear offensive. And it belongs to the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) known…

Chinese vessels enter 2 more PH islands’ waters

A graphic provided by AMTI shows the position of Chinese vessels near or around Philippine-occupied islands Panata and Kota in the West Philippine Sea on March 29, 2019. AMTI GRAPHICS MANILA, Philippines — After swarming Pag-asa in the Kalayaan Island Group, Chinese vessels believed to be part of China’s maritime militia have been seen close to two other Philippine-occupied islands in the South China Sea. Some of the Chinese ships and boats were spotted as close as 1 kilometer off Kota (Loaita) and Panata (Loaita Cay), about 24 km south…