China rebuffs PH officials, maintains Spratly Islands is its territory » Manila Bulletin News

Published April 12, 2019, 5:21 PM By Roy Mabasa China has rebuffed statements earlier made by some Philippine officials regarding the situation in Spratly Islands (known as Nansha in Chinese), saying that the area is “within China’s territory” and the rights of its fishermen “should not be challenged.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang (Kim Kyung Hoon / Reuters / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “We have taken note of those remarks made by the Philippine officials. The Nansha Islands are within China’s territory, for which we have sufficient historical and…

Duterte’s suicide mission to the Spratly Islands

Strong words, indeed! The defiant statement was duly reported all over the world. And apparently, it was not made off the cuff. The Philippine government previously issued a statement that the Chinese Navy has sent as many as 275 navy, coast guard and maritime militia vessels to the vicinity of Thitu on the contested Spratly Islands. “It has been observed that Chinese vessels have been present in large numbers and for sustained and recurring periods – what is commonly referred to as ‘swarming’ tactics – raising questions about their…

Spratly Islands ours—China – Manila Standard

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 said the Philippines would always assert its sovereignty…

Vietnam quietly upgrades Spratly Island outpost — report

Vietnam quietly upgrades Spratly Island outpost — report Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) – April 10, 2019 – 9:26pm MANILA, Philippines — While China sent its maritime militia in response to the Philippines’ upgrade of its facilities on Pag-asa Island, Vietnam has also been expanding its facilities on its outposts in the Spratly chain in the South China Sea. Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative reported that Hanoi has extended its runway on Spratly Island, its largest outpost and administrative center in the area. Contrary to China’s industrial-scale dredging…

Vietnam ‘quietly upgrades’ Spratly Islands facilities – think tank

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) — Vietnam is ‘quietly upgrading’ its facilities in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea “apparently without facing the same reaction from China’s maritime militia forces as the Philippines recently has,” a U.S. think tank reported. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) in a report released Monday said Vietnam “continues to quietly upgrade” its facilities on occupied features in the contested region. AMTI noted that Vietnam occupies 49 outposts spread across 27 features in the Spratly Islands — 10 are called islets while…

Philippines protests Beijing’s swarm of boats around Spratly island town in South China Sea

The Philippines has protested the presence of more than 200 Chinese vessels swarming near a Philippine-occupied island in the disputed South China Sea. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Department of Foreign Affairs lodged the protest after the military monitored about 275 Chinese fishing-militia and military-controlled Coast Guard vessels near Thitu island, which is called Pag-asa by Filipinos, in the Spratlys, the most hotly contested region in the busy waterway. Chinese Coast Guard members approach Filipino fishermen as they confront each other off Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.…

China Building Aircraft Runway in Disputed Spratly Islands

The construction on Fiery Cross Reef is part of a larger Chinese reclamation project involving scores of dredgers on at least five islands in the South China Sea. China is converting tiny reefs, once barely visible above water, into islands big enough to handle military hardware, personnel and recreation facilities for workers. Satellite images of the reclamation efforts have been released in steady doses over the last few months, as smaller countries with claims to islands in the area have voiced concern about China’s accelerated construction, and as the United…

Resolving the Spratly Islands Dispute Might Rename The South China Sea

By Dr. Stephen SchwalbeFaculty Member, Public Administration at American Military University For several years now, the media have focused on China’s reclamation of coral islets in the Spratly Islands, an archipelago in the South China Sea. Current news reports make it seem as if China has made aggressive moves in that area to gain control of the South China Sea. However, that conclusion ignores the rest of the story. The Spratly Islands cover more than 164,000 square miles from southern Vietnam to the Philippines. They lie on a shallow continental…

Ex-solon: Defense chief ‘naive’ to expect U.S. would agree to include Spratly Islands in defense treaty coverage

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 28) — A former lawmaker believes Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is being “naive” to expect the U.S. will shift its perspective and include Philippine-claimed areas in the hotly-contested South China Sea in the coverage of the Mutual Defense Treaty. “The consistent U.S policy is that it does not want to get involved in sovereingty issues in the West Philippine Sea,” former Akbayan Party-list Representative Walden Bello told CNN Philippines’ On The Record. “And its position is that the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty between the United…

China Expresses ‘Strong Dissatisfaction’ After U.S. Warships Sail near Spratly Islands

President Donald Trump gestures near Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the White House The USS McCampbell destroyer conducted a “freedom of navigation” operation within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Islands five weeks ago to “challenge excessive maritime claims“, according to the Pacific Fleet, which Beijing also protested. The two warships entered China’s territorial seas around the Nansha Islands without permission from the Chinese government, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing. Two US Navy destroyers conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea on…