Vietnam reiterates sovereignty over Spratly, Paracel archipelagoes

A satellite image depicts an aerostat-shaped object on Mischief Reef, November 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of ImageSat International (ISI). “Vietnam has full legal basis and historical evidence to affirm its sovereignty over the Spratly and Paracel Islands. Vietnam requests that relevant parties respect the sovereignty, sovereign rights and jurisdiction rights of Vietnam,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet. She said Vietnam also asks all parties to seriously obey international law and make responsible contributions to maintaining security, safety, peace and stability in the East…

Vietnam rejects China’s territorial claim on Spratly Islands

Vietnam “completely rejects all statements made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang on November 8 on the Spratly Islands,” which is Vietnamese territory, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said in a press release Wednesday. Shuang told Chinese media last Friday that “the core of the South China Sea issue is territory, a matter related to the occupation of China’s Nansha Islands by Vietnam and other countries concerned. “I hope the Vietnamese side will face up to the historical fact, keep to our high-level consensus and resolve differences…

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…

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…

Duterte Was ‘Apologetic’ When He Brought Up Spratly Islands With China’s Xi

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not a man who is easily intimidated but he seemed to have an almost apologetic tone in his words to Chinese President Xi Jinping over a United Nations arbitral ruling of 2016. That ruling went the way of the Philippines, denying China’s claims of sovereignty over the bulk of the South China Sea that includes the Spratly Islands located inside the Philippine’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). One explanation is that Duterte felt obligated to raise the subject because he had promised to do so in…

Chinese fishers’ group incorrectly claims Recto Bank is part of Spratly Islands

Chinese fishers’ group incorrectly claims Recto Bank is part of Spratly Islands MANILA, Philippines — A Chinese fisheries association had apologized for the allision between a Chinese vessel and a Philippine fishing boat near Recto or Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea in June. Chen Shiqin, president of the Guangdong Fishery Mutual Insurance Association, sent the apology letter to the Philippine Embassy in Beijing. The letter was later released by the Department of Foreign Affairs. pic.twitter.com/eBaP96Jqrx — DFA Philippines (@DFAPHL) August 28, 2019 The shipowner of the offending…

China might seize Scarborough Shoal, Spratly Islands as it develops missiles — think tank

China might seize Scarborough Shoal, Spratly Islands as it develops missiles — think tank MANILA, Philippines — China’s People’s Liberation Army might be encouraged to take control of the Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, as well as parts of the Spratly Islands, as the country grows its missile arsenal, according to an Australia-based think tank. The United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney warned that Beijing’s growing arsenal of long-range missiles poses a major threat to the US and its allies, including the Philippines. Just last month,…

South China Sea tensions soar as Beijing re-enters disputed Vietnamese Spratly Islands | World | News

A survey vessel from Beijing has been spotted gliding through parts of the disputed waters causing further outrage from Vietnam and inflamed aggression. Vietnam said the ship left the area last week, but had returned again yesterday in a move that came after a month-long standoff between Beijing and Hanoi. The US-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS) confirmed the vessel was still there today. To make matters worse, the ship was accompanied by at least two Chinese coastguard vessels, resembling more of a fleet. This prompted several Vietnamese ships…

The Philippines and Spratly Islands: A Losing Battle

by Britanny Cheng What has more than 750 reefs and islands, has been claimed by 5 different countries, and has been the center of political disputes since the 1900s? Answer: the Spratly Islands, located off the coast of the Philippines and Malaysia. This region has been claimed by both of these nations as well as China, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan. Despite the political dilemma synonymous with them, the general American public is mostly unaware that these islands exist. What can the Spratly Islands have to offer? Combined, they barely have…

Vietnamese fishermen rescue 32 Chinese from sunken boat off Spratly Islands

By Thach Thao  &nbspJuly 12, 2019 | 07:23 pm GMT+7 Fishing boats sail near Ly Son Island of Quang Ngai Province. Photo by VnExpress/Tri Tin. A Vietnamese boat has rescued 32 Chinese fishermen who were in distress off Vietnam’s Spratly Archipelago in the South China Sea. At around 6 a.m. on Thursday the crew of the boat from Ly Son island of Quang Ngai Province was fishing off Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands in what Vietnam calls the East Sea when they saw the 32 Chinese fishermen on five lifeboats after…