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…

China’s New Transport Ship Will Help Fortify Islands in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI —  A new large supply transport ship will help the Beijing government ferry supplies to its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway contested by other countries. China has alarmed the other countries since 2010 by landfilling small islets for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines contest all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea with China. China claims about 90% of it. The Sansha No. 2 transport ship that passed trial in August can “cover the whole South China Sea,” Chinese state-run…

US Navy sails destroyer near disputed South China Sea islands – Pacific

US Navy sails destroyer near disputed South China Sea islands In this Tuesday, April 25, 2017, photo released by the U.S. Navy, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer, left, is underway during a bilateral exercise with Korea. KELSEY L. ADAMS/U.S. NAVY 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 USS Wayne E. Meyer on Friday demonstrated that the waters are beyond what China can claim as…

China’s New Transport Ship Will Help Fortify Islands in Disputed Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI – A new large supply transport ship will help the Beijing government ferry supplies to its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, a resource-rich waterway contested by other countries. China has alarmed the other countries since 2010 by landfilling small islets for military use. Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines contest all or parts of the 3.5 million-square-kilometer sea with China. China claims about 90% of it. The Sansha No. 2 transport ship that passed trial in August can “cover the whole South China Sea,” Chinese state-run…

South China Sea: US Navy Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Near Paracel Islands

A U.S. Navy warship sailed near China-held features in the Paracel Islands. On Friday, a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer conducted a freedom of navigation operation near islands claimed by China and Vietnam in the South China Sea. According to the U.S. Navy, Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sailed near unspecified Chinese-held islands in the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. China said the U.S. warship had entered its territorial waters without permission. Beijing maintains straight baselines around the Paracel Islands, which the U.S. sees as not valid under…