Opinion: PH South China Sea Naval Patrols: A Wise Move? In light of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision to tackle the Philippines’ case versus China on the South China Sea Dispute, and the recent sortie within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s claimed maritime features in the South China Sea, lawmakers from the Philippine Congress urge the government to conduct “freedom of navigation” patrols in the region.Read More
China sends armed jet fighters to the Spratlys at the wake of US Patrol in South China Sea disputed region.
The official press agency of the People’s Republic of China, the Xinhua News Agency, calls the Philippines Fickle and Lacks Vision for not “caving-in” to Beijing.
Chinese Navy Commander warns that a minor incident in the South China Sea could spark war.
This contains the full text of the Permanent Court of Arbitration Ruling on the Philippine Case Vs China
Chen Jinguo of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) says “claims of sovereignty over the islands are based on historical occupation.”
Justice Carpio infers that if the UN Tribunal decides that it has no jurisdiction in the in PH Case vs China, the only way the Philippines can protect its maritimes zones is to “to buy warships, buy war planes, buy anti-ship missiles. Which means that there will be a naval arms race among coastal countries in the South China Sea.”
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, reprimands the DND and AFP for not being prepared against both internal and external security threats.
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.
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.
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.
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.