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China supports two-state solution to settle the Palestinian issue


Standing next to the visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing, Xi Jinping states clearly that China supports the two-state solution which is in line with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. It is the loudest rebuttal to certain analysts’ ill-motivated question on China’s stand on and on for many years. Having said that, … Continue reading

China to send nuclear-armed submarines into Pacific amid tensions with US


The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative. Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, March 7, 2016


China’s political Two Sessions just finished. It is good to see concern for responsibility, enforcement, growth, and grace within China’s governance. Clean air was on the agenda. 300,000 soldiers have been cut from active duty, mostly non-infantry. The military did not get the 2.5% budget increase it wanted, only 1.5%. A number of generals are … Continue reading

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China in the South China Sea


The U.S. Navy has dispatched a small armada to the South China Sea. The carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days, according to military officials. The carrier strike group is the latest show of force in the tense region, with the U.S. asserting that China is … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, February 29, 2016


A Chinese official, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅), has become the first to recognize Taiwan’s Constitution. He says that the president elect, Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), should “abide by it”. Tsai has promised to declassify documents about the 228 Massacre, which the Taiwanese observed in memory this past weekend. The three day weekend of … Continue reading

Why the bear is back in Vietnam – Russia assisting Vietnam in South China Sea dispute


Russia-Vietnam ties that seemed to be cooling after the end of the Cold War are warming up all over again. More than 20 years after Moscow abandoned its largest foreign base, Russian military aircraft are once again welcome visitors at Cam Ranh Bay. The renewed Russian presence in Vietnam has predictably set the alarm bells … Continue reading

US to deploy nuclear-capable bombers to Australia to send message to China


The United States announced that it will deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers in Australia as China becomes increasingly concerned about US interference at what China claims is its borders. The United States will station B-1 strategic bombers in Australia, US Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. The move … Continue reading

China uses fishermen to attack Vietnamese fishing boats in South China Sea


According to the Tuoi Tre News article on August 21 titled “Vietnam denounces inhuman actions against fishermen,” on that day Vietnam denounced the incident of attacking Vietnamese fishermen who were fishing at their traditional fishing ground. A Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the Vietnamese authority was investigating the details of the incident of attacking … Continue reading

Chinese media says “Vietnam doomed to lose”


The following is translated from Chinese media: Due to instability in the Middle East, China has determined to extract the oil and gas in the disputed waters in the South China Sea. China has the equipment and technology to do that. The problems are what other claimants to the disputed waters will do to stop … Continue reading

Could this map of China start a war?


Chinese authorities unveiled this week a new map showing the totality of Beijing’s territorial claims. It supplants an earlier map, which had a cutaway box displaying China’s declared claims over the South China Sea. Now, Chinese citizens can “fully, directly know the full map of China,” wrote the People’s Daily, a state paper. “Readers won’t … Continue reading

The Cham: Vietnam’s descendants of ancient rulers of South China Sea


In Vietnam, roughly 160,000 members of the Cham ethnic minority, whose forebears dominated the South China Sea for more than a millennium, are quietly watching on the sidelines of the escalating conflict in the waters they may have a historical claim to: Tensions in the South China Sea reignited last month, when China deployed a … Continue reading

Top China diplomat to visit Vietnam in possible thaw over oil rig


China’s top diplomat will visit Vietnam on Wednesday in a sign the two countries want to ease tensions over China’s deployment of an oil rig in the disputed South China Sea, but experts said there were many obstacles to healing the ruptured relationship. The visit by State Councilor Yang Jiechi, who outranks the foreign minister, … Continue reading

Vietnam says China moving oil rig, but sending in warships


Vietnam said on Wednesday a Chinese oil rig at the centre of an increasingly bitter territorial dispute appeared to be on the move again, as China denied Vietnamese accusations that it had sent warships to the scene. The rig’s deployment triggered anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last month that killed at least four workers. Scores of … Continue reading

China takes dispute with Vietnam to UN


China took its dispute with Vietnam over its deployment of an oil rig in contested waters to the United Nations on Monday, accusing Hanoi of infringing on its sovereignty and illegally disrupting a Chinese company’s drilling operation. China’s deputy ambassador Wang Min sent a “position paper” on the rig’s operation in the South China Sea … Continue reading

Vietnam boat sinks after collision with Chinese vessel in South China Sea


A Vietnamese boat has sunk after it collided with a Chinese vessel near a controversial oil rig in the South China Sea, amid tensions between the two nations. Both countries are blaming the other for the incident. Vietnam‘s coast guard said the boat was encircled by 40 Chinese vessels before it was rammed, reports said. … Continue reading

Indonesia joins push against China; beefs up air force in South China Sea


Indonesia is beefing up its air presence along the South China Sea, a military officer has announced. According to IHS Jane’s, Lieutenant Colonel Andri Gandy, the commander of Ranai airbase on the Riau Islands, which borders the South China Sea, said Indonesia was upgrading the airbase so that it could accommodate Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-30 … Continue reading

Chinese warships aim uncovered guns at Vietnamese ships in South China Sea


Chinese vessels guarding the oil rig illegally planted in Vietnam’s waters threatened and even attempted to ram Vietnamese vessels on Wednesday, but the Vietnamese force did not waver in the face of the attacks. The attacks by Chinese ships began at 7:30 am on Wednesday, when seven Chinese maritime surveillance and coast guard ships moved … Continue reading

Large number of Chinese troops seen heading for China-Vietnam border


A large number of People’s Liberation Army troops have reportedly been spotted heading towards the China–Vietnam border as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate, reports Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily. Sing Tao Daily is generally considered to be aligned to Chinese state media. Thousands of Chinese nationals living or on business in Vietnam … Continue reading

Philippines says China appears to be building airstrip on disputed reef


The Philippines accused China on Wednesday of reclaiming land on a reef in disputed islands in the South China Sea, apparently to build an airstrip, only a day after Washington described Beijing’s actions in the region as “provocative”. If confirmed, the airstrip would be the first built by China on any of the eight reefs … Continue reading

Vietnam mobs set fire to foreign factories in anti-China protest


Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to factories and rampaged in industrial zones in the south of the country after protests against Chinese oil drilling in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, officials said on Wednesday. The brunt appears to have been borne by Taiwanese companies in the zones in Binh Duong … Continue reading

China apprehending boats weekly in disputed South China Sea


Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday. In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticised by Washington, the party secretary for Hainan Island said Chinese patrols attempted to peacefully … Continue reading

China’s stealth wars of acquisition


In the way China made land grabs across the Himalayas in the 1950s by launching furtive encroachments, it is now waging stealth wars – without firing a single shot – to change the status quo in the South and East China seas, on the line of control with India, and on international-river flows. Although China … 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 arranges tourist visits to disputed Paracel Islands to force sovereignity claim


Sending fishing boats to disputed sea areas has now been a common strategy adopted by countries in claiming sovereignty over disputed islands in South and East China Seas. Now, according to the following Reuters report, China begins to adopt a new strategy of sending tourists to disputed islands and the sea areas around them: China … 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

China drives out Vietnam fishing vessels from South China sea


Chinese maritime surveillance vessels, which were aggressively patrolling the disputed waters in the South China Sea, drove out two Vietnam-registered fishing ships on March 13. The Vietnamese vessels were spotted this morning in the South China Sea near the Xisha Islands, which Hanoi calls as Paracel islands. While stepping up patrols in the South China … Continue reading

Beijing reveals the secret locations of China’s armies


Since 1949, the People’s Republic of China has made a big secret about their PLA military units. Now the Chinese leadership reveals exact details – in the middle of the escalating island dispute with Japan. Neither the state security nor the counter intelligence intervened. For the first time since 1949, The Beijing newspaper “Beijing Wanbao” was … Continue reading

New official China map includes contested islands


China has published a new official map that includes islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as part of sovereign Chinese territory, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency. China’s National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG), which announced the release of the map on Friday, described the new … Continue reading

China speeds up construction of Sansha City on island claimed by Philippines


Chinese authorities are speeding up construction work in Sansha, a newly formed city located on a disputed island in the West Philippine Sea. A report posted on China‘s government web portal Sunday said authorities mapped out plans for four infrastructure projects and started a housing program. The infrastructure projects include road construction, water supply and … Continue reading

The South China Sea’s gathering storm


All of East Asia is waiting to see how the U.S. will respond to China’s aggression. Since World War II, despite the costly flare-ups in Korea and Vietnam, the United States has proved to be the essential guarantor of stability in the Asian-Pacific region, even as the power cycle shifted from Japan to the Soviet … Continue reading

China’s politics and oil needs lead to risk of conflict in South China Sea


In asserting its claims to the tiny islands, rocks and reefs in the South China Sea, China points to records of its ancient mariners. Today, those waters are far more important to China than in the age of the sail. That’s because the area may hold oil riches that rival Saudi Arabia’s, a prospect that … Continue reading

China’s newest city: Sansha to build 83 low-rent apartments


Authorities in Sansha City, which was established last week on Yongxing Island in China‘s southernmost province of Hainan, have decided to build 83 low-rent apartments for its residents, the People’s Daily reported on July 30, 2012. The island is currently home to 159 people and their wooden houses are vulnerable to harsh weather. The new … Continue reading

China: Sansha capital Yongxing Island under strict military control


Hong Kong Ming Pao’s reporter has recently been on Yongxing Island and found that the island is under strict military control due to the rising tensions in the South China Sea. The reporter says the scenery on the island is wonderful, but as it is the biggest island and the most important military base on … Continue reading

Large military hospital built for South China Sea actions


A large military hospital, newly built on Hainan Island, indicates that China’s hard-line attitude in the South China Sea is not merely bluffing. Hong Kong’s Ming Pao says that the Chinese military’s PLA Daily quoted Major General Li Shuzhang, President of PLA General Hospital: “the large military medical city in Sanya, Hainan that was formally … Continue reading

Large Chinese fishing fleet sets out for Nansha disputed territory


According to various Chinese media including Xinhua, yesterday morning a fleet of 30 fishing boats held a setting sail ceremony at Sanya, Hainan Province. Among them was a 3,000-ton master ship and 29 fishing boats with tonnage of more than 140 tons each. They will fish in Nansha area near Fiery Cross Reef for about … Continue reading

China, Vietnam: Hardened lines in the South China Sea


Tit-for-tat moves by China and Vietnam represent the latest indication that tensions could break into conflict over contested and potentially resource rich maritime areas in the South China Sea. Hanoi’s National Assembly late last month overwhelmingly passed a law that effectively declared sovereignty over areas of the Spratly and Paracel Islands, including territories claimed by … Continue reading

Vietnam says China offshore oil auction ‘illegal’


Vietnam has denounced China‘s opening of offshore oil blocks to foreign companies in contested areas of the South China Sea as “illegal”, as territorial tensions grow between the communist neighbours. On Saturday, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announced that nine offshore blocks were available for exploration, and said it was seeking bids from … Continue reading

No end of South China Sea troubles for China


Soon after both the Philippines and China withdrew their boats from the disputed Scarborough Shoal and its surrounding sea area on the excuse of poor weather, Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said on June 20 he would send ships back to the shoal after the weather cleared if the Chinese ships have not left the … Continue reading

China declares Vietnam’s claim over islands “illegal and invalid”


China said it summoned Vietnam‘s ambassador Thursday and strongly protested a law adopted by the Vietnamese parliament that places the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands under Hanoi‘s sovereignty. China and Vietnam, as well as other neighbouring nations, are locked in long-standing territorial disputes over the South China Sea, including the mineral-rich Spratly and Paracel islands. … Continue reading

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