(VOVworld) – On Friday, the Wall Street Journal quoted Pentagon officials as saying that an American B-52 bomber flew within two nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the East Sea. But the US Department of Defense said it’s unintentional, adding that they are investigating why one of two B-52s on the mission last week flew closer than planned to Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands. Last month, American B-52s also flew close to an island illegally built by China but didn’t go within 12 nautical miles, a boundary marking a country’s territorial waters. Nhat Quynh, VOV correspondent in the US … [Read more...] about US bomber flies over artificial island claimed by China in the East Sea
A screenshot of IHS Jane's Defense Weekly that shows China’s reclamation work is well advanced on several reefs in the Spratly Islands in the East Sea, the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea. The Vietnamese received some disquieting news ahead of their Lunar New Year celebrations this year. On February 15, four days shy of the Lunar New Year, satellite analysis published by IHS Jane's Defense Weekly showed China’s infamous reclamation work is well advanced on several reefs in the Spratly Islands in the East Sea, the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea. According to the satellite photographs, a new installation is being built on Hughes Reef. Reuters quoted the satellite analysis as describing a "large facility" having been constructed on 75,000 square meters of sand reclaimed since August. It also published images of Fiery Cross Reef, which now includes a reclaimed island more than 3 km (1.8 miles) long that experts said would likely become a runway, according to … [Read more...] about Business as usual: China cranks up construction of artificial islands in East Sea
VietNamNet Bridge – Though it is slow and difficult to identify, China’s strategy of building artificial islands in the South China Sea (Bien Dong Sea – East Sea) is dangerous because of its strategic value and the ability to change face that benefits China once the island chain is fully developed . The "abrasive" move and China's long-term attempt China conducts illegal construction activities on Gac Ma (Johnson South Reef) of the Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratly Islands) of Vietnam. Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines/BBC. China’s East Sea policy has a clear delineation between short term and long term. The strategy to maintain a continuous presence in the undisputed waters to gradually turn them into disputed areas has been resolutely pursued by Beijing. The 981 oil rig incident is a typical example. China used this oil rig as a "mobile sovereignty landmark " to maintain its presence in the undisputed waters, even in the areas that are completely … [Read more...] about East Sea: Are artificial islands more dangerous than oil rigs?
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that countries should stop building artificial islands and militarising their claims in the disputed South China Sea. "For the sake of regional stability the claimants should halt reclamation, construction and militarization of disputed areas," Obama told a meeting between the United States and leaders of the 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). China insists it has undisputed sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, a claim that overlaps with four ASEAN countries. China has been transforming reefs in the Spratly archipelago into artificial islands and has built airfields and other facililties on them. This has caused ripples of alarm in much of East Asia about China's intentions and freedom of navigation in a waterway through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes annually. Obama said he commended ASEAN for working to create a code of conduct for the South China Sea "including the peaceful resolution of disputes, … [Read more...] about Obama urges halt to artificial islands in South China Sea
China's first landing of a plane on one of its new island runways in the South China Sea shows Beijing's facilities in the disputed region are being completed on schedule and military flights will inevitably follow, foreign officials and analysts said. China's increasing military presence in the disputed sea could effectively lead to a Beijing-controlled air defense zone, they said, ratcheting up tensions with other claimants and with the United States in one of the world's most volatile areas. Chinese foreign ministry officials confirmed on Saturday that a test flight by a civilian plane landed on an artificial island built in the Spratlys, the first time Beijing has used a runway in the area. Vietnam launched a formal diplomatic protest while Philippines Foreign Ministry spokesman Charles Jose said Manila was planning to do the same. Both have claims to the area that overlap with China. "That's the fear, that China will be able take control of the South China Sea and it will affect … [Read more...] about South China Sea tensions surge as China lands plane on artificial island