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…

US destroyers sail near disputed Spratly Islands in South China Sea amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON: Two US warships sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Monday (Feb 11), a US official told Reuters, in a move that is likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense relations between the world’s two biggest economies. Beijing and Washington are locked in a trade war and the two sides are trying to hammer out a deal ahead of a Mar 1 deadline when US tariffs on US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports are scheduled to increase to 25 per cent from 10…

Vietnam demands that China remove military jamming equipment from Spratly Islands

Vietnam’s foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday that China has seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty by installing military jamming equipment on outposts in Truong Sa, Spratly Islands off the South China Sea, commonly known as the East Sea in Vietnam. Le Thi Thu Hang told the press that the establishment of China’s electronic warfare equipment to cause radio jamming on Mischief Reef and Fiery Cross on Truong Sa goes against international conventions and Vietnam requested the northern neighbor to remove the system. She also told the press that China has repeatedly acted counter to international rules with its…

China Builds Rescue Centers, Hospitals, And Observatories In Artificial Spratly Islands : China : Business Times

China continues its expansion in the South China Sea with additional facilities now being built. According to the country’s Ministry of Transport, a new maritime rescue center has now been completed on Fiery Cross Reef. The center was built to serve the entire Spratly Islands, or better known in China as the Nanshas. The area is being developed to become the biggest logistics hub for the country. The country has also stationed a number of rescue ships around the islands, including the Nanhaijiu-115 rescue ship. With the completion of the…

China builds rescue centre on artificial Spratly island in South China Sea

China has added a maritime rescue centre to its facilities on an artificial island in the South China Sea, pressing on with plans to turn the outpost into the biggest logistics hub in the disputed waters. The Ministry of Transport said on Tuesday that the centre had been built on Fiery Cross Reef to serve the Spratly Islands, also known as the Nanshas. The announcement comes six months after China stationed the Nanhaijiu-115 rescue ship at Subi Reef, another artificial island in the Spratlys. The rescue centre would provide stronger…

China opens maritime rescue base in disputed Spratly Islands | #AsiaNewsNetwork

China’s Ministry of Transport opened the new facility on Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef), known to Beijing as Yongshu Reef, Xinhua said in a report on Tuesday. “The center will offer better support to maritime rescue operations in the southern part of the South China Sea,” the ministry was quoted as saying. Xinhua also reported that it deployed another rescue ship on Zamora Reef (Subi) last October, to replace the first one it deployed in July. China earlier announced that it would permanently station a search-and-rescue ship at Panganiban Reef.…

The Spratly Islands in Focus

graphics Dec 20, 2016 | 17:55 GMT 3 mins read (Stratfor) Vietnam’s military installations and garrisons have dotted the features of the Spratly archipelago — including the Southwest Cay, Sin Cowe Island and Spratly Island itself — for some time. But over the past two years, Vietnam has redoubled its efforts to reclaim and build up these islets and reefs. Once these projects are finished, the island will be able to accommodate most of the Vietnamese air force’s aircraft. Meanwhile, dredging work has been spotted at the nearby Ladd Reef…

China shows its military might on disputed Spratly Islands

Trump’s trade war with China is a way of putting pressure on Beijing for its behavior in the South China Sea. Xi Jinping, in response, has “covertly” deployed air defense systems and missiles on the disputed Spratly Islands, making it clear that he will stick to guns. A lot will depend on the behavior of the countries of Southeast Asia, but their leaders are not offering fresh solutions. During the recent month, China has covertly deployed anti-ship cruise missiles and an anti-aircraft missile system on three islands of the Spratly…

South China Sea: US bomber angers Beijing with Spratly islands flypast | World news

China has accused the US of “serious military provocation” after a B-52 bomber mistakenly flew within two nautical miles of Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea last week. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the incident involving the B-52 bomber took place last week near the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly archipelago, disputed territory claimed by China and several of its neighbours. Beijing claims the island chain is within China’s territorial borders. China has filed a formal complaint about the flypast with the US through the…