Admiral Scott Swift, Commander of US Pacific Fleet, says that it is up to Washington policymakers to give the go signal for the navy to patrol within 12 nautical miles of the artificial islands in the South China Sea.
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GlobalTimes Editorial: If the US encroaches on China’s core interests, the Chinese military will stand up and use force to stop it.
Chinese Ship Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Vessel: Chinese Ship Sinks Vietnamese Fishing Vessel: Another Vietnamese Fishing vessel is sunk by a Chinese ship in the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.
In October 14, 2015, in a press conference in Beijing regarding the artificial islands in the South China Sea, Hua Chunying, China’s Spokesperson for its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stated that the construction carried out on relevant islands and reefs is mainly to satisfy civilian needs, provide more public goods and services to the region, and better fulfill China’s international obligations.
A Chinese study envisions a first phase lasting 4-6 days in which 5-7,000 sea mines would be deployed into the water. That would be followed by a second phase planting another 7,000 mines. For a reference point, that total number of mines would exceed the number placed around Japan in Operation Starvation in 1945–the very effective U.S. military campaign referenced above.
Here are a few things the U.S. is doing to irritate China: Freedom of Navigation Naval Patrols; Naval military exercises with China’s enemies; And repatriate China’s most problematic Citizens.
Two more Japanese nationals have been detained in China on suspicion of espionage, bringing the number of Japanese held by Chinese authorities for espionage to four, news reports said on Sunday.
China has completed the construction of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency reported, as tensions in the region mount over Beijing’s maritime ambitions.
Indonesia is considering using drones and submarines to strengthen its grip over the gas-rich waters around the Natuna Islands in response to China’s growing military presence in the South China Sea.
The Navy is preparing to send a surface ship inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit China claims for its man-made island chain, an action that could take place within days but awaits final approval from the Obama administration, according to military officials who spoke to Navy Times.
In the 70th UN General Assembly last Oct. 2, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario told said: “The world cannot allow a country, no matter how powerful, to claim an entire sea as its own nor should it allow coercion to be an acceptable dispute settlement mechanism.”
U.S. officials have indicated that the U.S. Navy will conduct freedom of navigation patrols near China’s artificial islands in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, Foreign Policy reports. The proposal to stage these operations has been under consideration for some time. During the summer, reports emerged that the White House and the Department of Defense disagreed on the need to stage freedom of navigation patrols, with the White House allegedly against the proposal while the Pentagon strongly favored it.
Dalai Lama: “We are not seeking independence. Historically, we are (an) independent country. That’s what all historians know — except for the Chinese official historian; they do not accept that.”
BENEATH the islands invaded by China in the West Philippine Sea are 13 trillion dollars of proven huge reserve of gas as well as vast amount of oil that are the primary reasons of the dispute that continues to rage with no end in sight since China has been constructing its military bases in the West Philippine Sea to bolster its economic interest through creeping and very low intensity expansionism.
Chinese experts believe the South China Sea as a whole contains methane hydrate reserves equal to 68 billion metric tons of oil. That figure amounts to 130 years worth of the country’s energy consumption.
China is not only stealing and occupying Philippine Territories at the West Philippine Sea or Spratly regime if islands but it is, at the same time, also stealing massive quantities of soil from different parts of the Philippines for both mining and island-building purposes.