Hainan’s Party Chief confirms that authorities are confronting foreign fishing vessels in the South China Sea.
Luo Baoming’s remarks confirm that Sansha is being used as a base to drive foreign fishing boats away from waters claimed by China. The fishing boats in question most likely originate from Vietnam and the Philippines, as the [...]
The Obama administration may have finally lost its patience with China’s salami-slicing in the East and South China Seas. Remarks over the past few weeks from administration officials show a tougher line and may foreshadow “red lines” to ward off further Chinese encroachments. These developments may show a White House increasingly ready to abandon a [...]
A senior researcher and officer in China’s People’s Liberation Army said that establishing an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) is essential to China’s national interest.
“The establishment of another ADIZ over the South China Sea is necessary for China’s long-term national interest,” Senior Colonel Li Jie, a researcher at the PLA Navy’s Military Academy and [...]
Currently most of the action is in the East China Sea where China and Japan (implicitly the US too) are apparently headed for conflict, including the possibility of war. This article discusses why we should be also directing our attention to the South China Sea.
A series of recent events points to a declining state [...]
The United States will “help” the Philippines in the event that China occupies disputed islands in the South China Sea, the US Chief of Naval Operations said Thursday.
Adm. Jonathan Greenert also stressed that the US would honor its mutual defense treaty with the Philippines amid a seething territorial conflict with China over the resource-rich [...]
The Obama administration appears to be launching a new diplomatic push to prevent China from imposing another destabilizing air defense zone over international waters.
China watchers say the administration’s pushback against China is probably too little, too late, as China reportedly is making legal preparations for the new air defense zone over the South China [...]
THE greatest risk to Australia’s future security is a combination of China’s frightening economic growth and the possible withdrawal from the region of a weakened United States.
“China’s made claims over much of the South China Sea, provoking border disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines,’’ the paper says.
“In November 2013, China announced the [...]
“There are growing concerns that this pattern of behavior in the South China Sea reflects incremental effort by China to assert control over the area contained in the so-called ‘nine-dash line’ despite objections of its neighbors and despite the lack of explanation or apparent basis under international law regarding the scope of the claim itself,” [...]
The president should take that same pen and draw a red line across the Asia Pacific region in response to China’s threats of force in the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea, and the East China Sea. The line would also transverse the Korean Peninsula at the 38th Parallel.
Then he needs to pick up [...]
“They’ve been quite aggressive about asserting what they believe is their manifest destiny, if you will, in that part of the world,” Clapper told lawmakers. He added that disputes over islands and energy resources, particularly in the South China Sea, create potential flash points for conflict.
Beijing denies any aggressive intent. It says its claims [...]