South China Sea news: Beijing’s secret deal sparks military fears | World | News

China has secured the rights to develop Tualagi commercially, leaving residents shocked and concerned about future use of the island. An agreement between a Chinese company and the Solomon Islands government has been reported to have been reached secretly by the New York Times. The company in question The China Sam Enterprise Group, is a state-owned enterprise with strong ties to the ruling Communist Party. The company is said to have secured a renewable 75-year lease with a focus on commercial development. However, the move has raised fears among residents…

Has China reset military equations?

China’s military modernisation has been striking both for its pace and ambition. Getty Images The high point of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China was clearly the military parade at Tiananmen Square. The message was spelt out by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, “No force can shake the status of this great nation.” During the three hour long parade, a number of new weapon systems were displayed accompanied by 15,000 goose stepping soldiers. The key difference was that the weapons were no longer…

Fears of military build-up as China secretly leases entire island in South China Seas

The government of the Solomon Islands has reached a secretive deal with a Chinese company with close ties to the Communist party that grants it exclusive rights to develop Tulagi, once the seat of British colonial rule in the Pacific archipelago.  The confidential arrangement has alarmed residents and raised fears that Beijing could be planning to use the tiny territory for future military rather than just commercial purposes.  Tulagi, which has a protected deepwater harbour, has long been viewed as a strategic outpost. Japan occupied the island during World War 2…

COMMENTARY: Canada needs to plan ways to meet China’s military challenge – National

Forget for a moment Canada’s grave dispute with China over the extradition proceedings in Vancouver involving a Huawei executive. As the New York Times reminded readers last week, China has even gone after that most Canadian of bears, Winnie the Pooh. The orphaned bear cub from White River, Ont., a First World War vet of sorts and an honourary member of the Winnipeg-based Fort Garry Horse — hence Winnie — has been banned from television and the internet by Communist China’s ridiculously sensitive and self-centred government, because…

European football’s governing body UEFA will ‘examine’ Turkey footballers’ military salute

A number of countries have condemned Turkey’s offensive, and Finland, Norway and The Netherlands have already announced that they are stopping arms exports to the country. Activists wave flags and show banners as they protest against the ongoing Turkish military operation in the Syrian border region and the Kurdish territories, in Cologne. Photo: EPA-EFE A meeting in Luxembourg Monday of the European Union’s foreign affairs committee will decide on a coordinated European approach to the issue, French statement said. SUBSCRIBE TO SCMP TODAY: INTL EDITION Get updates direct to your…

China’s island-building spree is about more than just military might — Quartz

China’s playing Monopoly in the South China Sea—only, instead of building hotels on Pacific Avenue, it’s constructing helipads and, in some cases, whole new islands. In less than a year, shallow reefs in the Spratly Islands have sprouted white-sand outcrops, sporting what look to be Chinese military facilities, according to satellite imagery published this week by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, a consulting company. The Spratlys are more strategic than they are substantial; under international law, the archipelago could have exclusive claim to the bounteous fishing grounds in the surrounding seas, and to the potentially oil-rich seabed—which…

Has China Reset Military Equations? – Analysis

China’s military modernisation has been striking both for its pace and ambition. By Rakesh Sood The high point of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China was clearly the military parade at Tiananmen Square. The message was spelt out by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, “No force can shake the status of this great nation.” During the three hour long parade, a number of new weapon systems were displayed accompanied by 15,000 goose stepping soldiers. The key difference was that the weapons were no…

New Philippine Military Chief Expects No ‘Shooting War’ Over South China Sea

The Philippine military backs diplomatic efforts to resolve tensions with Beijing over the South China Sea, the new commander of the armed forces said Thursday, casting doubt that war would break out despite Chinese forays into contested waters. While troops are expected to secure or defend Philippine sovereignty, “war is not a primary instrument in resolving international conflict,” Lt. Gen. Noel Clement told the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Manila. “We support the government’s strategy in resolving this conflict through peaceful and diplomatic means, so as to…