China’s proactive campaign to claim most of the South China Sea has taken another step forward after satellite images revealed that six reefs in the disputed Spratly Islands have been effectively turned into islets through land reclamation activities over the last six months, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
Since February, China has been [...]
The Navy is sending a second aircraft carrier strike group to the Asia Pacific region amid new tensions with China over a dangerous aerial encounter between a Chinese interceptor and Navy P-8 surveillance craft.
The strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson departed San Diego for the Pacific on Friday, the Navy said in [...]
“However, the Japanese government will want to keep the [Senkaku] islands out of Chinese hands for security purposes in light of the latter’s actions to secure disputed territory in the South China Sea, if nothing else.”
The Senkaku Islands have only minimal economic value to Japan with regard to the seabed resources in the surrounding [...]
“the great revival of the Chinese nation includes the revival of the militaristic spirits worshiped by our ancestors, as well as the promotion of the revolutionary heroism of the Red Army.”
He ended the interview by saying that it is “entirely a misconception” by outsiders that China is passively adhering to the famous Deng Xiaoping [...]
The Philippines on Monday warned China that what it described as the frequent presence of Chinese ships in a disputed area of the South China Sea could potentially spark renewed tensions between the neighbors.
Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that Chinese vessels are regularly seen in an area [...]
What was not apparent in Wang’s remarks is that the dispute between the U.S. and China is not about commercial ships, but military ones. According to Beijing’s interpretation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), military activities within a country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) – which extends 200 nautical miles seaward [...]
Many of these Southeast Asian nations need arms and some are involved in conflicts with China, said Hu Wenlong with China Military Culture Research Association, an organization in association with the People’s Liberation Army. If Japan offered long-term loans and preferential condition to sell large amounts of military hardware to countries which have territorial disputes [...]
Ask almost any citizen, young or old, in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou or Wuhan whether Japan has ever apologized for its aggression against China. They will all answer “no.” People in China believe this because Chinese propaganda organs, particularly since the tenure of Jiang Zemin, have beaten a drum proclaiming that Japan is [...]
Yet there’s a third possibility that White has overlooked, one that is much more troublesome from Beijing’s standpoint. That is the evolution of a strategic, security, and technological compact among resident Asian powers that serves to balance China. Chief among these balancers would be Japan and India, but Vietnam, Australia, and others could all conceivably play [...]
President Aquino has sounded the alarm over the presence of two new Chinese vessels near the oil-rich Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea.
Citing a military report, the President called attention to the presence of the Chinese hydrographic research vessels at Recto Bank despite a Washington-backed Philippine proposal for a freeze on [...]