The expansion of a military airstrip and high-level visit from China’s naval chief this month have put a small island in the middle of the South China Sea back in the international media limelight (Xinhua, October 7; Global Times, October 16). Woody Island, known in Chinese as “Yongxing (Eternal Prosperity) Island,” is an important part [...]
A Vietnamese fishing boat captain said his vessel was attacked this month by the crew of a Chinese law enforcement ship near the disputed Paracel islands, risking a fresh escalation in tensions in the South China Sea.
The Vietnamese were threatened with guns and batons on Oct. 14 after they were chased by Chinese surveillance [...]
After carrying out its land reclamation program in the disputed Paracel and Spratly islands, China is planning to establish its second air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, Moscow’s Voice of Russia reported on Oct. 15.
China has recently published photos of airplane runways built on Woody island, the largest of the [...]
But as I stand on the deck filming my report on how “the US is practising for war with China”, I can see my host from the Navy public affairs office wincing.
You get used to hearing the PR rhetoric: the US Navy “is not practising for war with any specific country”. But the US [...]
Japan and the United States are revising their mutual defense guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades to respond to China’s military expansion and increase Japan’s role in regional defense.
An interim report released Wednesday says the U.S. and Japan are pursuing a wider partnership that requires “enhanced capabilities and greater shared responsibilities.”
“… how real is the threat of war?”
“By having this overall tension heightened, there’s an increased likelihood of a small spark in one of the existing disputes igniting a bigger crisis.”
“When leading [Chinese] think tank experts tell you: “Look there’s fires all around us, what are we supposed to do?”, then, that is [...]
Until recently, Indonesia seemed immune to the maritime disputes. That could be changing.
What might be called “homeland security” is tight at Natuna Island, and it should be – this may be the next bite China takes out of the South China Sea.
Upon landing at Natuna (also called Natuna Besar), Indonesia’s largest island within [...]
China’s “rights protection fleet” has grown tremendously in recent years. That could mean trouble in the East and South China Seas.
The scope of China’s claims in the East China Sea is clear. Beijing asserts sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands and jurisdiction out to the edge of a very extended continental shelf. Its claims [...]
In comments made earlier this month and published in the local Indonesian press, Jokowi stated that it was necessary to act decisively against foreign fishing vessels in order to prevent the continued theft of Indonesian resources. “If we do not act decisively, our fish will be stolen by foreign ships,” Jokowi was
Indonesia has labeled Chinese claims to the hotly disputed South China Sea waters as a “real threat.” Vice Admiral Desi Albert Mamahit, who heads Indonesia’s Sea Security Coordinating Agency, told a maritime security focus group that the waters surrounding several of the country’s islands were in jeopardy from an encroaching Chinese presence.