Category Territorial Issues

Analysis: China backs Manila Into corner; limited options for U.S. | Navy Times |

China’s maritime mastery of the South China Sea appears unstoppable. On March 9, Chinese coast guard vessels turned back two Philippine cargo ships attempting to resupply troops based on an eroding WW II-era vessel marooned on the Ayungin Shoal, known as the Renai Shoal to China. The BRP Sierra Madre was grounded on the shoal […]

Philippines rejects Chinese demand to remove ship | Navy Times |

The Philippines on Friday rejected a Chinese demand that it remove a grounded navy ship from a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, saying the vessel is a permanent government outpost. China’s coast guard prevented two Philippine civilian vessels from delivering supplies to the rusting ship at Second Thomas Shoal on Sunday, escalating tensions […]

Kerry Urges for South China Sea Rules

Pressure is mounting on China and Southeast Asia to agree a code of conduct to keep the peace in the disputed South China Sea, but Beijing is warning of a long road ahead. Only last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to work […]

There’s more behind Arctic shipping than climate change – The Globe and Mail

There is a continuing debate about the possible emergence of an ‘Arctic shipping boom’ in Canada. Recent headlines outline both cargo shippers’ plans to increase voyages through the Northwest Passage and an interminable list of risks associated with this possibility, while other stories call for a reality check and for promoters of the so-called boom […]

Chinese Sends Destroyers to Shoal Contested By Malaysia

Three Chinese ships on Sunday patrolled the James Shoal, an area also claimed by Malaysia, and soldiers and officers on board swore to safeguard its sovereignty, in the latest sign of Beijing’s territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea. The group was made up of an amphibious landing craft, the Changbaishan, and two destroyers, state […]

China to start regular patrols from island in South China Sea | Reuters

China will base a 5,000-tonne civilian patrol ship on one of the main islands it controls in the disputed South China Sea and begin regular patrols, an official newspaper said on Tuesday, a move likely to add fuel to territorial disputes with neighbors. The China Ocean News, published by the State Oceanic Administration, said the […]

US: China new sea rules ‘provocative’ – BBC News

The US has described new Chinese rules on fishing access to disputed areas of the South China Sea as “provocative and potentially dangerous”. Regulations approved by Hainan province requiring foreign fishing vessels to ask for permission to enter its waters took effect on 1 January. China claims a U-shaped swathe of the South China Sea, […]