While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: Think tank

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Satellite photo shows Chinese-controlled North Island, part of the Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, on Sep 29, 2017. (Photo: Planet Labs/Handout via Reuters)

WASHINGTON: While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a US think tank said on Thursday (Dec 14).

Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 29 hectares of the Spratly and Paracel islands, territory contested with several other Asian nations, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report cited satellite images. Tiếp tục đọc “While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: Think tank”

China’s Revision of its SCS Claims: Does it Matter?

Ocean News, Nov. 27, 2017

While China did not recognize the jurisdiction
of the Annex VII arbitral panel under the
authority of the LOS Convention,
it is apparently recasting its claims based on land
territory rather than on an area enclosed by the
“9-Dash Line” that was rejected by the Arbitral Panel.

Why this is important: China’s new approach
to its jurisdiction in the South China Sea may
be presented as a concession by people who
do not understand that substantive claims
appear to have changed little from those
made under the infamous
 “9-Dash Line,”
so it is important that we all understand

the details of the new “Four Shas” policy.

Before we turn to China, considering the
continuation and revitalization
of Ocean Law News. While funds
are important, so are the numbers of
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In August of this year, China presented a new take on its claims to the South China Sea. It isn’t clear whether the infamous “9-Dash Line” has been relegated to history or the new scheme is some form of supplement. The red line in the map below is based on the dashes of China’s 9-Dash Line.

The new proposal recognized the legal principle that”the land dominates the sea,” which means that jurisdiction at sea is based on the geography of the land, something that the 9-Dash line did not address. Tiếp tục đọc “China’s Revision of its SCS Claims: Does it Matter?”

China says hopes US can ‘help, not cause problems’ in South China Sea

 Reuters – China and Vietnam have reached agreement on managing their dispute in the South China Sea through friendly talks, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday, following an ugly spat over the summer between the two communist neighbours.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) poses for photo with Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh before their meeting at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam November 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kham

BEIJING: China hopes the United States can “help and not cause problems” in the disputed South China Sea, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Friday ahead of next week’s visit to Beijing by President Donald Trump. Tiếp tục đọc “China says hopes US can ‘help, not cause problems’ in South China Sea”

HỘI NGHỊ ASEAN:  Đằng sau những câu chữ

  • DANH ĐỨC
  • 11.08.2017, 13:43

TTCT – Cuộc họp cấp ngoại trưởng ASEAN (AMM) năm nay, và tiếp theo đó là Diễn đàn khu vực ASEAN (ARF), đã diễn ra trong bầu không khí đầy tranh cãi, phản ánh cục diện thế sự ngày nay. Các văn kiện chính, trên bề nổi, phản ánh xu thế đó. Song, trong chiều sâu, lại phản ánh một sự đồng thuận nhất định.

 Đằng sau những câu chữ
Bộ trưởng Ngoại giao Trung Quốc Vương Nghị. Philstar.com bình luận rằng với Bắc Kinh, COC đi kèm những điều kiện “mơ hồ và không công bằng”.-Ảnh: rappler.com

Nếu so sánh ARF lần thứ nhất hồi năm 1994 tại Bangkok, mà Việt Nam tham dự với tư cách quan sát viên, với ARF năm nay tại Manila, rõ ràng diễn đàn năm nay quá ư là “gay cấn”. Những biến chuyển của chính trường thế giới đã đặt ra những thách thức mới so với cách đây 23 năm. Tiếp tục đọc “HỘI NGHỊ ASEAN:  Đằng sau những câu chữ”

Japan says ‘heated discussions’ at Manila security meeting

August 7, 2017 / 9:51 AM /

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono gestures during a news conference on the sidelines of the 50th Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila, Philippines August 7, 2017.Dondi Tawatao

MANILA (Reuters) – Japan’s foreign minister said “heated discussions” took place about North Korea’s missile tests and South China Sea disputes at a security forum on Monday, and most countries believed U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang should be fully implemented.

Taro Kono told reporters there was broad support among the 27 foreign ministers at the ASEAN Regional Forum in Manila for pressure to be exerted on North Korea and for a new U.N. Security Council resolution to be fully implemented.

Among those attending the event were North and South Korea, Russia, China, Japan and Australia.

Kono also said Japan supported the United States in its activities in the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation, and in a veiled reference to China, opposed “any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force”.

Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr and Neil Jerome Morales; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Catherine Evans

Cuộc họp Việt Trung hủy bỏ vì căng thẳng về Biển Đông – China, Vietnam meeting canceled amid South China Sea tensions

ASEAN Foreign Ministers applaud at the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 in suburban Pasay city south Manila, Philippines. From left, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, Myanmar Minister of State of Foreign Affairs U Kyaw Tin, Thailand Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Brunei’s Foreign Minister Lim Jock Seng, Cambodia’s Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Laos’ Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith and ASEAN Secretary-General Le Luong Minh.(AP Photo/Mohd Rasfan, POOL)

Cuộc họp Việt Trung hủy bỏ vì căng thẳng về Biển Đông

MANILA (Reuters) – Một cuộc họp đã sắp xếp giữa hai bộ trưởng ngoại giao TQ và VN bên lề cuộc họp của cả vùng đã bị hủy bỏ, quan chức sứ quán TQ cho biết, trong căng thẳng ngày càng tăng giữa hai nước về Biển Đông.

Việt Nam đã đòi hỏi lời lẽ nhắc đến quan tâm về bồi đắp đảo nhân tạo và chỉ trích việc quân sự hóa ở Biển Đông trong một thông cáo của các bộ trưởng ngoại giao của ASEAN (Hiệp hội các Quốc gia Đông Nam Á).

Việt Nam đã trỗi lên như là người đối lập lớn tiếng nhất đối với các tuyên bố quyền hành của TQ trên tuyến hàng hải với hơn 3000 tỉ đô đi qua mỗi năm.

Sứ quán TQ không nói gì về lý do hủy bỏ cuộc họp, đã được lên lịch cho ngày thứ hai ở Manila, giữa Wang Yi của TQ và Phạm Bình Minh của VN.

Một quan chức TQ nói “họ đã gặp nhau”.  Bộ Ngoại Giao VN không trả lời yêu cầu giải thích. Tiếp tục đọc “Cuộc họp Việt Trung hủy bỏ vì căng thẳng về Biển Đông – China, Vietnam meeting canceled amid South China Sea tensions”

UPDATED: China’s Big Three Near Completion

AMTI – CSIS


Updated June 29, 2017

New imagery shows that while China is keeping attention focused on its negotiations with Southeast Asian countries over basic principles to manage the South China Sea disputes, its construction of military and dual-use facilities on the Spratly Islands continues. New missile shelters, radar/communications facilities, and other infrastructure are going in on Fiery Cross, Mischief, and Subi Reefs, suggesting that while the region is engaged in peaceful discussion, China remains committed to developing its power projection capabilities.

Tiếp tục đọc “UPDATED: China’s Big Three Near Completion”

China vigilant as US bombers fly over South China Sea

 Al JAZeera 9 June 2017

Latest military exercise was part of the US Pacific Command’s ‘continuous bomber presence’ programme.

A pair of B-1B Lancer bombers fly in an undated file photo [Staff Sgt Steve Thurow/US Air Force via Reuters]

China said on Friday it was monitoring US military activities in the South China Sea after two US bombers conducted training flights over the disputed waters.

The US Pacific Command said on its website two American Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers flew a 10-hour training mission from Guam over the South China Sea on Thursday, in conjunction with the Navy’s USS Sterett guided-missile destroyer. Tiếp tục đọc “China vigilant as US bombers fly over South China Sea”

Hình ảnh mới nhất về công trình khổng lồ Trung Quốc xây trái phép trên đá Châu Viên

03:21 PM – 30/05/2017 TNO
Toàn cảnh các công trình mà Trung Quốc xây dựng trên đá Châu Viên /// Ảnh: Trung Hiếu
Toàn cảnh các công trình mà Trung Quốc xây dựng trên đá Châu ViênẢNH: TRUNG HIẾU
Trong chuyến công tác Trường Sa cuối tháng 5.2017, PV Báo Thanh Niên ghi lại nhiều hình ảnh công trình mà Trung Quốc xây dựng trái phép trên đá Châu Viên.

Khi tàu chúng tôi cập đảo Đá Đông A, từ đây dù cách xa hơn 10 hải lý (gần 20 km) nhưng bằng mắt thường có thể thấy đá Châu Viên. Nếu dùng ống nhòm sẽ thấy rõ nét những công trình mà Trung Quốc xây dựng trái phép trên đá Châu Viên. Tiếp tục đọc “Hình ảnh mới nhất về công trình khổng lồ Trung Quốc xây trái phép trên đá Châu Viên”

China installs rocket launchers on disputed South China Sea island: Report

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Still image from a United States Navy video purportedly shows Chinese dredging vessels in the waters around Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands

China has said military construction on the islands it controls in the South China Sea will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, and that it can do what it likes on its own territory. Tiếp tục đọc “China installs rocket launchers on disputed South China Sea island: Report”

Fighter jet spotted on South China Sea island, more believed in hangars: U.S. think tank

japan times

by Staff Writer

Apr 7, 2017A Chinese fighter jet has been spotted on a Chinese-controlled island in the South China Sea for the first time in a year, a U.S. think tank said Thursday as President Donald Trump met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the J-11 fighter jet was visible on a runway in a satellite photo taken March 29 of Woody Island in the disputed waterway’s Paracel chain. More fighters were believed to be in hangers nearby. Tiếp tục đọc “Fighter jet spotted on South China Sea island, more believed in hangars: U.S. think tank”

Rodrigo Duterte to US: Why did you not send the armada?

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Philippine president takes US to task over its refusal to challenge China on its South China Sea activities.

Duterte met with US Ambassador Sung Kim in his hometown of Davao on Monday [RTVM/Presidential Communications]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he confronted the American ambassador about the US’ inaction in stopping China’s construction of man-made islands that are now at the heart of a regional dispute in the South China Sea.

“Why did you not send the armada of the 7th Fleet,” the straight-talking president said he told US Ambassador Sung Kim. Tiếp tục đọc “Rodrigo Duterte to US: Why did you not send the armada?”

China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island

A combination of satellite photos shows Chinese-controlled North Island, part of the Paracel group in the South China Sea, on Feb. 15 (top) and on March 6. Reuters

japan times

Reuters Mar 15, 2017

China has started fresh construction work in the disputed South China Sea, new satellite images show, a sign that Beijing is continuing to strengthen its military reach across the vital trade waterway.

Regional military attaches and experts believe the work shows China’s determination to build up its network of reefs and islets, even if it is seeking to avoid a fresh confrontation with the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Tiếp tục đọc “China begins new work on disputed South China Sea island”

Why China is building islands in the South China Sea

Vox – 17 thg 2, 2017

China claims they aren’t military bases, but their actions say otherwise.

China is building islands in the South China sea and its causing disputes among the other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The US has many allies in the region and uses its massive Navy to patrol international waters, keeping shipping lanes open for trade.

The Paracels: Beijing’s Other South China Sea Buildup

While China’s expansion of its seven outposts in the Spratly Islands has dominated headlines since large-scale dredging began at the end of 2013, efforts to upgrade its capabilities in the Paracels farther north have received relatively little attention. But the island chain plays a key role in China’s goal of establishing surveillance and power projection capabilities throughout the South China Sea. To this end, Beijing has undertaken substantial upgrades of its military infrastructure in the Paracels.

China occupies 20 outposts in the Paracels. As seen in the map above, three of these now have protected harbors capable of hosting large numbers of naval and civilian vessels. Four others boast smaller harbors, with a fifth under construction at Drummond Island. Five of the islands contain helipads, with Duncan Island housing a full helicopter base. And the largest of the Paracels, Woody Island, sports an airstrip, hangars, and a deployment of HQ-9 surface-to-air missile batteries. Tiếp tục đọc “The Paracels: Beijing’s Other South China Sea Buildup”