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Cadence of Conflict: Asia, December 14, 2015


As elections push forward in Taiwan and Malaysia, China faces it’s own political issue: Military reform. The report from Reuters demonstrates two things. Firstly, we see that China’s military does, in fact, need reform. This is evidenced by the 300k military jobs cut since September. With an obviously larger shakeup coming, it is clear that … Continue reading

China deployed artillery on disputed island in South China Sea


The United States has spotted a pair of mobile artillery vehicles on an artificial island that China is building in the South China Sea, a resource-rich stretch of ocean crossed by vital shipping lanes, American officials said. China’s construction program on previously uninhabited atolls and reefs in the Spratly Islands has already raised alarm and … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 18, 2015


It all happened in a week. Man-made land isn’t sovereign land says UN. 12 nautical miles is “sovereign”. US Navy to park inside 12 miles of China’s man-made islets in the making; a volatile military standoff is inevitable. A US invitation to Beijing for annual Navy practice must also invite Taiwan! Beijing rebukes. Taiwan’s controlling, … Continue reading

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip


Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defence publication said. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the mineral-rich archipelago into military … Continue reading

Why the US may go to war in the South China Sea


It is no secret that the South China Sea is an area of conflict and controversy, but understanding the interests and role of the United States in that region is not intuitive. The situation centers on competing territorial claims by China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia over several sets of islands. Attempts by … Continue reading

China’s neighbours are going on a military shopping spree – in Japan


It’s no secret that China’s rise as an economic power has been miraculous. Over the past few decades, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, BMWs have replaced many bicycles on the streets of Beijing, and China’s is now the second-largest economy in the world. This economic explosion has in turn boosted … Continue reading

Indonesia fears China will claim Natuna in South China Sea aggression


While China and ASEAN decided at a conference of economic and trade ministers on August 26 to conduct discussions on upgrading China-ASEAN free trade area, Reuters gave a report on the same day about the fear that China’s rise has roused in ASEAN countries Indonesia and Malaysia. While providing ASEAN countries with much economic gain, … Continue reading

China rejects Philippines protest on ships, complains of detentions


China rejected Philippine complaints on Wednesday about Chinese survey vessels operating in a gas-rich area of Manila‘s exclusive economic zone, and has lodged a separate complaint about the detention of Chinese workers, as tensions persist. Philippine President Benigno Aquino said over the weekend that two Chinese survey vessels had been sighted in part of the … Continue reading

Philippines urges unity for South East Asian nations in China sea dispute


The Philippines is pushing for a meeting among four Southeast Asian nations with conflicting claims to waters in the South China Sea so that they can hammer out a common stand in dealings with China, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Friday. Manila is waging a territorial dispute with China over the Spratlys and the Scarborough … Continue reading

China urges peaceful development of seas by all countries, while not following its own advice


China, involved in a growing dispute with its neighbours over the energy-rich South China Sea, wants to promote peaceful development of the oceans, Premier Li Keqiang said, warning conflicts in the past had only brought “disaster for humanity”. China claims almost the entire ocean, rejecting rival claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, … Continue reading

China’s aggression could see formation of a powerful anti-China alliance


The China–Vietnam confrontation in the South China Sea continues to roil Asia. Gun battles have yet to erupt in the disputed Paracel Island maritime zone where, in early May, China deployed a very large oil exploration and drilling ship. In lieu of anti-ship missiles and fighter-bombers, the antagonists are using media, political and legal-judicial weapons. … Continue reading

Indonesia and Philippines reach agreement in South China Sea dispute; lessons for other claimants


Indonesia and Philippines have rejected historical records, and accepted UNCLOS (1982) as the current prevailing law to settle maritime boundaries in the South China Sea. This should be a precedent to other claimant nations in the territorial disputes. The recent conclusion of negotiation over maritime boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines was a significant development … Continue reading

China benefits from Obama’s missed trip, U.S. credibility suffers


President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that China had probably taken advantage of his absence from a summit in Asia this week and he warned that the government shutdown and fiscal debate were hurting U.S. credibility abroad. Obama last week cancelled a trip to Indonesia and Brunei, opting to stay home and manage the U.S. … Continue reading

China bans Philippines president unless Manila withdraws from territorial dispute


China has demanded the Philippines drop its arbitration case with the United Nations on territorial disputes as a condition for allowing President Benigno Aquino to visit a Chinese trade fair, diplomatic sources say. The demand prompted Aquino to cancel the trip to Nanning for the opening of the annual China-ASEAN Exposition on Tuesday. “There were … Continue reading

China agrees to South China Sea talks amid new row with Manila


China agreed to hold formal talks with Southeast Asian nations on a plan to ease maritime tensions on Sunday as the Philippines accused it of causing “increasing militarisation” of the South China Sea, one of Asia’s naval flashpoints. The rebuke by Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario at a regional summit in Brunei came a … Continue reading

Confrontation over South China Sea ‘doomed’, China tells claimants


Countries with territorial claims in the South China Sea that look for help from third parties will find their efforts “futile”, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned on Thursday, adding that the path of confrontation would be “doomed”. Beijing‘s assertion of sovereignty over a vast stretch of the South China Sea has set it directly … Continue reading

Southeast Asia to reach out to China on sea disputes


Southeast Asian nations stepped up efforts on Thursday to engage China in talks to resolve maritime tensions, agreeing to meet to try to reach common ground on disputed areas of the South China Sea ahead of planned discussions in Beijing later this year. Efforts by ASEAN to craft a code of conduct to manage South … Continue reading

China consolidates sea claims as Asian diplomacy struggles


For decades, fishermen along the northwestern Philippine coast treated the teeming fishing grounds of the Scarborough Shoal as their backyard, less than a day’s boat ride away. Now, they see it as a foreign country. “I lost my livelihood when we lost the Scarborough Shoal to the Chinese,” said Mario Forones, a 53-year-old who owns … Continue reading

China’s navy near Malaysia ‘to defend South China Sea’


A Chinese amphibious task force sparked jitters around the region by reaching the southernmost waters of its claimed domain A fully equipped PLA amphibious task force has reached China’s southernmost claimed possession in the South China Sea in an unprecedented show of force that is raising eyebrows across the region. The four-ship flotilla headed by … Continue reading

Vietnam accuses China of firing on fishing boat


Vietnam has accused a Chinese vessel of firing on a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea and setting its cabin alight, exposing tensions in the region over rival claims to the gas-rich waters. The government described the incident as “very serious” and lodged a formal complaint with the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi. … Continue reading

Philippines seeks U.N. help to resolve maritime row with China


The Philippines has asked an international tribunal to intervene in its long-standing South China Sea territorial dispute with China and declare that Beijing’s claims are invalid, the government said on Tuesday. Manila asked the tribunal of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to order a halt to China’s activities that the … Continue reading

Taiwan to expand Taiping wharf in South China Sea


The Taiwanese government plans to expand its wharf at Taiping Island in the South China Sea to accommodate larger vessels as part of its ongoing military enhancement project in the disputed region. The Taiwanese Coast Guard Administration (CGA), which is responsible for defending the outlying islet, is expected to spend NT$19 million to upgrade Taiping’s … Continue reading

New ASEAN chief seeks talks with China.


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is seeking early talks with China to discuss a code of conduct to manage tensions over the disputed South China Sea, the bloc’s new chief. China claims most of the South China Sea, including a vital shipping lane and resource-rich areas. The Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei have … Continue reading

Don’t ‘make waves’ in Pacific, China warns US


China’s news agency warned on Saturday it was no time to “make waves” in the disputed South China Sea after the US said it would shift the bulk of its naval fleet to the Pacific Ocean by 2020. “It is advisable for some to refrain from muddying the waters and fishing therein,” said Xinhua, referring … Continue reading

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