Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea :: WRAL.com

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts in the region. ___ CHINA SHOWING LATEST MILITARY HARDWARE China’s first aircraft carrier will take part in a naval review…

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…

Details of new Chinese aircraft carrier revealed in sea trial footage aired on state TV

China’s state broadcaster has aired footage of the country’s new aircraft carrier, revealing details for the first time of the home-grown warship’s interior. While the new aircraft carrier is not expected to take part in a fleet review marking the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary on Tuesday, a CCTV report has offered a rare glimpse of the vessel in footage taken during its most recent sea trial. The naval parade will include 32 Chinese warships – including its first and only operational aircraft carrier the Liaoning – and 20 foreign vessels…

South China Sea: Philippines Duterte SUES China for harvesting clams near Thitu island | World | News

The government plans to take legal action against China for harvesting giant clams in Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, the Philippine Star reported. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Twitter: “We just caught them doing that recently, filed a diplomatic note, and will be taking legal action. With our legal department now.” The action follows Chinese ships reportedly swarming Pag-asa island, also known as Thitu. Mr Duterte had previously warned Beijing to “lay off” the island or he will tell his soldiers to “prepare for suicide missions”. He…

The Admiral Gorshkov frigate entered the South China Sea

The Admiral Gorshkov frigate, which is leading a squadron of Northern Fleet warships and vessels in a long-distance voyage, has crossed the Strait of Malacca and the Singapore Strait and has entered the South China Sea, the Northern Fleet said. The Russian Admiral Gorshkov frigate (417) of Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov-class during Russian Navy Day 2018, Saint Petersburg (Picture Source: Vitaly Kuzmin) “The Russian sailors are heading for Qingdao, a seaport on the Yellow Sea. It will host the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy…

China to Display New and Upgraded Naval Vessels Amid S China Sea Tensions

Over the past couple of years, Beijing has announced the launch of several new military vessels, as well as upgrades of ones already in service amid ongoing tensions with the US over the status of the disputed South China Sea. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is planning to showcase its top tier vessels along with the newest additions to the fleet during a military parade set to take place between 22 and 25 April, Chinese Vice-Admiral Qiu Yanpeng said on Saturday. “At this naval parade the PLA Navy ships and aircraft to be revealed are the…

A formula for the Philippines, China, and Vietnam in the West Philippine Sea-South China Sea and other participants » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 20, 2019, 10:00 PM By Jose De Vencia Jr. At some point now or sooner than later, the claimants in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea will have to sit down and agree on a seismic and oil exploration program to be fol­lowed by a definitive oil drilling and development schedule for a satisfac­tory commercial petroleum discovery which is anticipated. This should include a detailed and definitive agreement in the event of marginal hydrocarbon discoveries, non-commercial in volume, and must be followed through by a series of exploration…

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…

Standing on the shoulders of science above the South China Sea fray

Authors: James Borton, University of South Carolina and Jackson Ewing, Duke University The waters of the South China Sea face environmental peril that is ‘inseparable from the territorial disputes that plague it’. As claimants solidify their positions through artificial island construction, with China driving the most ambitious builds, habitats with wide-ranging ecological and economic value are being destroyed. Calls for regional science-based cooperation to overcome these environmental threats were recently taken to task in an article in the Eurasia Review. The positions outlined misunderstand the case for scientific cooperation in…