China has stationed several ships near a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, preventing Filipino fishermen from accessing traditional fishing grounds and raising tensions in the volatile region, Philippine officials said on Wednesday. China had deployed up to seven ships to Quirino Atoll, also known as Jackson Atoll, said Eugenio Bito-onon Jr, the mayor of nearby Pagasa Island in the Spratly Islands. The Spratlys are the most contested archipelago in the South China Sea, a resource-rich region and critical shipping lane linking North Asia to Europe, South Asia and the Middle East. "This is very alarming, Quirino is on our path when we travel from Palawan to Pagasa. It is halfway and we normally stop there to rest," Bito-onon Jr told Reuters. "I feel something different. The Chinese are trying to choke us by putting an imaginary checkpoint there. It is a clear violation of our right to travel, impeding freedom of navigation," he said. Fishermen told the mayor one Filipino boat had … [Read more...] about China is Blocking Access to Contested South China Sea Atoll, Says Philippines
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I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight would fly not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned to leave on May 20 by a Chinese radar operator. The P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military's most advanced surveillance aircraft, was flying near artificial islands that China is constructing, and the order is thought to have come from an early warning radar station on Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Island chain, on which the Chinese have been constructing military facilities, which include a 10,000-foot runway. New satellite images show heightened reclamation work by China at seven sites in the Spratlys, adding around 2,000 acres of land since March 2014. Beijing claimed last month that the new islands would provide weather forecasting and search and rescue facilities for the benefit of … [Read more...] about The Clash Over Air Space Above the South China Sea
This piece first appeared on the Asia Society's ChinaFile. It has long been presumed that economic integration can and will mitigate U.S.-China security competition. But to put it bluntly, this does not seem to be happening. So when President Xi Jinping visits Washington next month, it is essential that the U.S. and China use his visit to confront, not tiptoe around, the underlying reasons for this. The central problem in Asia today is the collision between economics and security. In "Economic Asia," a dynamic group of countries, including China and the United States, trades, invests and increasingly innovates together. This Asia is a prosperous $21 trillion juggernaut and, especially since the 2008 global financial crisis, has become the center of gravity in the world economy. But another Asia, "Security Asia," has locked many of these same countries into an increasingly debilitating cycle of competition, arms buildups and clashing security concepts. Instead of an "Asian century," … [Read more...] about Obama Should Confront Xi on the South China Sea
The vessel capsized on March 21 in the waters off Malaysia in the Malacca Strait (Photo: Xinhua/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - A sand mining vessel capsized on March 21 in the waters off Malaysia in the Malacca Strait, leaving 14 crew members missing, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) announced. There were 18 crew members on the vessel, including one Malaysian, one Indonesian and 16 Chinese citizens. Three Chinese have been rescued, one was found dead and 14 remained missing, said MMEA. The Dominica-flag vessel, JBB RONG CHANG 8, owned by a Chinese, capsized 8.5 nautical miles off Parit Jawa in the southern Malaysian state of Johor, according to a shipping tracking website "marinetraffic.com," Search-and-rescue mission is still underway.-VNA VNA … [Read more...] about 14 fishermen missing after vessel capsizes off Malaysia’s coast
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in Washington's latest challenge of Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, said the scale of Beijing's activities, not the United States, was altering the status quo in the region. Carter, speaking to reporters at the start of a 10-day trip to Asia, said the United States was trying to maintain a shared regional security structure that has advanced "prosperity for everyone" over the past 70 years. "We've been flying over the South China Sea for years and years and years, and ... will continue to do that: fly, navigate, operate. So that's not a new fact," Carter said. "The new facts are the reclamation and the scale on which it is being done, and that's not an American fact, that's a Chinese fact," Carter said. The United States has publicly highlighted Chinese island-building in the disputed Spratly Islands several times in recent weeks. Carter called for an end to the land reclamation work by … [Read more...] about China Land Reclamation in South China Sea Creates ‘New Facts’: U.S.