The 1 Downside to Building Fake Islands China Didn’t See Coming

Key point: Beijing’s artificial islands are a double-edged sword. China can use them to project power but they are also a lot more places that Beijing will have to try and defend. China has built some islands in the South China Sea. Can it protect them? During World War II Japan found that control of islands offered some strategic advantages, but not enough to force the United States to reduce each island individually. Moreover, over time the islands became a strategic liability, as Japan struggled to keep them supplied with food,…

Chinese firm in Sangley airport project helped build South China Sea artificial islands

Chinese firm in Sangley airport project helped build South China Sea artificial islands Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – January 17, 2020 – 12:08pm MANILA, Philippines — The Chinese state-owned firm that will handle the development of Sangley airport in Cavite is the same company that helped build Beijing’s artificial islands in the South China Sea. The tandem of Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp. and China Communications Construction Co. (CCCC) was the sole bidder for the Sangley Point International Airport project. The provincial government of Cavite earlier said it would award…

Are China’s South China Sea Artificial Islands Militarily Significant and Useful? – The Diplomat

Flashpoints | Security | East Asia China’s artificial islands are a symbol of its revisionism in the South China Sea, but they’re also militarily significant. Advertisement Are China’s seven artificial islands in the Spratly Group in the South China Sea liable to complicate U.S. freedom of maneuver in a conflict in East Asia? In a recent article at War on the Rocks, Gregory Poling makes the case that the islands have “considerable military value for Beijing,” contrary to some conventional wisdom that has written off the value of these facilities in a conflict. Poling’s…

Indonesia asks Japan to invest in South China Sea islands

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo yesterday asked Japan to step up investment in fisheries and energy in some of its South China Sea islands following a stand-off with China in waters that China claims in the area. Widodo made the request for Japan to consider economic opportunities in the Natuna islands during a visit to Jakarta by Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, the president’s office said in a statement. ‘I want to invite Japan to invest in Natuna, he told Motegi, adding that Japan was one of…

Indonesia asks Japan to invest in islands disputed by China

In this photo released Indonesian Presidential Office, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, inspect troops during his visit at Indonesian Navy ship KRI Usman Harun at Selat Lampa Port, Natuna Islands, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (Agus Soeparto, Indonesian Presidential Office via AP) OAN NewsroomUPDATED 8:59 AM PT — Friday, January 10, 2020 Indonesia is asking Japan to increase its investment in fisheries and energy in islands near the disputed South China Sea. On Friday, Indonesian President Joko Widodo specifically requested Japan put more resources into its Natuna islands. This comes…

Photos: Jokowi Visits Natuna Islands in Waters Disputed by China

Indonesia Presidents Joko Widodo (Jokowi) walks next to a national flag during his visit at a military base in Natuna, near South China Sea, Indonesia January 8, 2020. Jokowi visited an island in waters disputed by China on Wednesday to assert Indonesia’s sovereignty amid a standoff between Indonesian and Chinese vessels. Laily Rachev/Courtesy of Indonesian Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS FILE PHOTO: Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs Arif Havas Oegroseno points at the location of North Natuna Sea on a new map of Indonesia during talks with reporters in Jakarta,…

Indonesia president visits islands also claimed by China – Pacific

Indonesia president visits islands also claimed by China JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s sovereignty during a visit to a group of islands at the edge of the South China Sea that China claims as its traditional fishing area. Widodo, accompanied by top military officials, toured Natuna Islands on a naval ship in a move designed to send a message to Beijing. “Natuna is part of Indonesia’s territory, there is no question, no doubt,” Widodo said in a speech after the…

Indonesia president visits Natuna islands amid dispute with China

Jan. 8 (UPI) — Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited Natuna Regency, an archipelago of hundreds of islands in the southern South China Sea on Wednesday, according to local press reports. The Indonesia-administered islands are at the center of national attention following the presence of Chinese vessels in the area last week, the Jakarta Post reported Wednesday. Widodo, who was re-elected in 2019, made the trip to the Natuna islands Wednesday morning, meeting with the area’s governor and Indonesia’s Joint Defense Area Command commander Rear Adm. Yudo Margono, according to…

Indonesia president visits islands also claimed by China

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s sovereignty during a visit to a group of islands at the edge of the South China Sea that China claims as its traditional fishing area. Widodo, accompanied by top military officials, toured Natuna Islands on a naval ship in a move designed to send a message to Beijing. “Natuna is part of Indonesia’s territory, there is no question, no doubt,” Widodo said in a speech after the trip. “There is no bargaining for our sovereignty.” He then presided…

Indon president visits China Sea Islands

news, politics Indonesian President Joko Widodo has reaffirmed his country’s sovereignty during a visit to a group of islands at the edge of the South China Sea that China claims as its traditional fishing area. Widodo, accompanied by top military officials, toured Natuna Islands on a naval ship in a move designed to send a message to Beijing. “Natuna is part of Indonesia’s territory, there is no question, no doubt,” Widodo said in a speech after the trip. “There is no bargaining for our sovereignty.” He then presided over a…