South China Sea news: Beijing tests out new drone in waters but won’t reveal why or where | World | News

The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sea-Wahle weighs 200kg and is 3m (9.8ft) long. The mission path has not been revealed but the drone travelled over a distance of 1,250 miles, enough to cover the Paracel and Spratly Islands, which make up  part of China’s territorial claims, and return to the naval base in Sanya. An announcement by the programme team led by Dr Huang Yan of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ robotics institute said: “Sea-Whale 2000’s development is to meet the long-term deep-sea mobile survey needs in the South China Sea. He…

South China Sea: Top secret underwater drone tested in disputed waters by Beijing | World | News

The Chinese Academy of Sciences said the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) – dubbed Sea-Whale 2000 – has completed a non-stop 37-day sea trial covering a distance of 1,250 miles. Its mission path remains top-secret but defence analysts said the drone’s range means it could easily cover the Paracel and Spratly islands – claimed by China but also neighbouring Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines – and return to base in Sanya, Hainan. The new generation torpedo-shaped drone is three metres long and weighs 200kg. It is fitted with futuristic…

South China Sea: US furious at ‘preposterous’ Beijing plot to ‘illegally’ takeover waters | World | News

The US also called Beijing’s aggressive takeover of the hotly disputed waters “illegal” in a State Department report made public this week. The report said that China’s “maritime claims in the South China Sea, exemplified by the preposterous ‘Nine-Dash Line,’ are unfounded, unlawful and unreasonable”. The document on US policy for the region added: “These claims, which are without legal, historic or geographic merit, impose real costs on other countries. “Through repeated provocative actions to assert the Nine-Dash Line, Beijing is inhibiting Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members from…

Vietnam Told China to Get Out of Its Waters. Beijing’s Response: No, You Get Out.

HANOI—For months earlier this year, Vietnamese officials tracking the operations of a Chinese oil-and-gas survey ship off their country’s coast in the South China Sea sent urgent communications to Beijing, demanding that the vessel leave Vietnam’s 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone. China’s response: Vietnam should stop drilling activities off its own southern coast, according to a Vietnamese official. There, a rig named Hakuryu-5 had begun work in May under a contract with Russian state-owned company Rosneft, which… Source link

South China Sea crisis mapped: Beijing’s claim to disputed waters revealed | World | News

It is also referred to by some as the ’10-dash line’ or ’11-dash line’, and serves as a demarcation for what Beijing believe to be their waters. The South China Sea is hotly contested because of its lucrative shipping lanes, capacity for military strategic advantages and wealth of natural resources such as oil and minerals. At the centre of this disagreement are various island clusters such as the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. China has had particularly tense relations with Vietnam and the Philippines over islands in the region.…

South China Sea chaos: Philippines in earthquake nightmare as China plots waters grab | World | News

An earthquake has rocked the south west of the Philippines’ island cluster causing buildings to shake in frightening fashion and residents to flee desperately. Citizens have been advised to remain outside of buildings in the region as concerns of recurring, ground shaking aftershocks loom. DZMM radio reported that power cables were seen swinging in Davao (located in the south) while people rushed to open spaces, with some fainting because of fear. Classes in schools were suspended after the earthquake, and it also triggered power cuts in General Santos city (located…

South China Sea: Xi delivered critical blow as vessel leaves disputed waters | World | News

China and Vietnam have clashed over the presence of an oil survey ship, the Haiyan Dizhi 8, that has been stationed in Vietnamese-controlled waters. The vessel has been stationed there for the last three months but according to maritime shipping data, it has now left. According to shipping data, the vessel was escorted out of the disputed zone by two other Chinese vessels. Since the vessel’s arrival in the waters in July, Vietnam has issued a series of warnings to China and just last week, claimed that it was “determined…

Philippines to lift moratorium on foreign research ships in its waters

MANILA — The Philippines will lift a 2018 moratorium on foreign scientific research in its exclusive economic zone so it can exploit marine resources, the national security adviser said on Friday. President Rodrigo Duterte banned all scientific research by foreigners off the Philippines’ Pacific coast in February last year and told the navy to chase away unauthorized vessels. National security adviser Hermogenes Esperon said that allowing foreign governments and entities to conduct maritime research again is “good for us… because we get to know more of the maritime domain.” The…

Chinese vessel leaves Vietnamese waters

A Chinese oil survey vessel that has been embroiled in a tense standoff with Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea yesterday left Vietnamese-controlled waters after more than three months. The Chinese vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, was speeding away from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone toward China under the escort of at least two Chinese ships, according to data from Marine Traffic, a Web site that tracks vessels. China claims almost all of the energy-rich South China Sea, but Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam also have claims to…