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…

Reports Suggest Maritime Standoff Near Spratly Islands

situation report Jul 12, 2019 | 15:30 GMT 1 min read What Happened: Chinese and Vietnamese coast guard vessels have reportedly been engaged in a weeklong standoff in the Spratly Islands after a Chinese survey ship entered waters around the Vanguard Bank to conduct a seismic survey, the South China Morning Post reported July 12. Why It Matters: Although information on the incident remains sparse, China previously deployed survey ships and oil rigs to the region and unilaterally announced exploration bids to limit other countries’ activities in disputed areas. Both China…

South China Sea latest World War 3 news: US accuse Beijing of breaking Spratly Island vow | World | News

In US’ military and security developments involving the People’s Republic of China report to Congress, findings reveal China had previously claimed it “did not intend to pursue militarisation”. However, last year officials found China had begun to arm the island. The report said: “China seeks to secure its objectives without jeopardising the regional stability that remains critical to the economic development that has helped the CCP maintain its monopoly on power.” However, China’s leaders employ tactics short of armed conflict to pursue China’s strategic objectives through activities calculated to fall…

BFAR set to validate damaged reef ecosystems in Spratly Islands

According to the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute, the Philippines loses about P33.1-billion every year due to the damaged coral reefs in the disputed area of the West Philippine Sea. PHOTO COURTESY OF DR. DEO FLORENCE ONDA OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES’ MARINE SCIENCE INSTITUTE MANILA – Malacañang said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) should validate a reported destruction of reef ecosystems in Panatag or Scarborough Shoal and Spratly Islands. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said BFAR is set to conduct a study on the…

PH to validate damaged reef ecosystems in Spratly Islands

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo  MANILA – Malacañang on Thursday said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) should validate a reported destruction of reef ecosystems in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal and Spratly Islands due to China’s reclamation and illegal fishing activities. “I think this is under Department of Agriculture, kasi iyong Fisheries (BFAR) sa kanya (because BFAR is under DA) – they should conduct a study on that, to validate that particular finding of one particular group,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing. The University of the…

Duterte dares Western nations to ‘seize’ Spratly Islands – UNTV News

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francis Malasig/Pool MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday dared western countries to “assemble” and “seize” the Spratly Islands amid calls for him to defend the Philippine territory against China’s incursion. Duterte’s challenge came as he acknowledged that the Philippines cannot prevent China from fishing in Recto Bank (also called Reed Bank) and asserting its claim over the West Philippine Sea. “Ito ang hamon ko, ang hamon ko…

Philippines Plans Low-Key Upgrades in Disputed Spratly Islands | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – The Philippines has found funding for the biggest in a series of infrastructure upgrades planned on the islets it holds in the contested South China Sea, a move that will gently remind other countries, including China, of Manila’s claims. Money from the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Modernization Program will next year fund the paving of a 1,300-meter-long gravel and dirt runway on Thitu Island, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was quoted saying this month. Thitu anchors Manila’s holdings in the Spratly archipelago, which is also disputed by…