Naval base expansion ‘gives China more power in disputed sea’

Over the past year, China’s navy expanded Yulin naval base on the island province of Hainan from a conventional submarine facility into a bay that berths nuclear submarines, military news database GlobalSecurity.org said. Four trestles for submarines, each 229 metres long, can hold 16 submarines, it says. Aircraft carriers and remote-sensing equipment are also expected to be based at or near Yulin, the report said. The Yulin Naval Base on the Chinese island province of Hainan. (Nine) “It’s going to be kind of a future-oriented construction,” said Alexander Huang, strategic…

Heralding Deal with China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI, TAIWAN —  The Philippine government’s lifting of a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration reopens the door to joint energy development with China, the erstwhile biggest player in a regional maritime sovereignty dispute, analysts believe. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a Department of Energy proposal to resume exploration in the South China Sea, the department said October 15 in a statement online. Exploration was called off six years ago as a Sino-Philippine maritime dispute peaked. Resumption of oil and gas exploration will “infuse the economy with fresh…

PH air presence up in disputed sea – The Manila Times

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said Philippine air surveillance in the West Philippine (South China) Sea had a 30-percent increase in 2019. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana In his speech during the virtual celebration of the Defense department’s 81st anniversary, Lorenzana attributed the increase to the military’s acquisition of new equipment. Without going into details, he said the military’s air domain coverage increased from 27 percent to 57 percent. “This was due to our air defense surveillance radars, surveillance aircraft and long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles,” Lorenzana said. The surveillance…

Heralding Deal with China, Philippines Restarts Offshore Oil-Gas Exploration in Disputed Sea | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – The Philippine government’s lifting of a ban on offshore oil and gas exploration reopens the door to joint energy development with China, the erstwhile biggest player in a regional maritime sovereignty dispute, analysts believe.     Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a Department of Energy proposal to resume exploration in the South China Sea, the department said October 15 in a statement online. Exploration was called off six years ago as a Sino-Philippine maritime dispute peaked.   Resumption of oil and gas exploration will “infuse the economy with…

South China Sea news: Super Typhoon on track to hit disputed waters as tensions escalate | World | News

The Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) warned residents to brace for the incoming thunderstorms. The South China Sea region has been subject to territorial disputes and conflict for years. Dr Herizal, BMKG’s deputy for climatology, said Indonesia could be hit with strong winds and thunderstorms in the coming days. He warned that the typhoon has developed into a Category 5 tropical cyclone, which is the highest classification on the scale. According to the Jakarta Post, on Monday Dr Herizal said: “Typhoon Goni, which has developed into a Category 5 tropical…

PH, Japan seek halt in provocations in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi during a video teleconference, October 23, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout  MANILA — The Philippines and Japan on Friday emphasized the need for countries to stop any activity that might provoke tensions in the disputed South China Sea, saying the conduct agreement negotiated by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China should be upheld.  Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, in a video teleconference, also pointed out the importance of freedom of navigation in…

PH, Australia uphold freedom of navigation rights in disputed S. China Sea

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Senator Linda Reynolds during the bilateral meeting that was held at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, October 22, 2020. Department of National Defense/Handout MANILA — The Philippines and Australia upheld Thursday the importance of freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea during the first visit of Australia’s defense minister in the country.  Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Australian Defense Minister Sen. Linda Reynolds emphasized the need to maintain freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed area in compliance…

South China Sea news: US pushes Beijing as Trump sends warships to disputed waters | World | News

The strike group travelled into the Taiwan Strait on Thursday led by the USS Ronald Reagan. Training included flight operations with fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The group also undertook maritime strike exercises and coordinated tactical training, the US Navy said in a statement. The US regularly sends warships through the disputed waterway, an action which China condemns. China claims nine-tenths of the South China Sea, through which some $4trillion (£3.06trillion) of trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have competing claims. The US Navy said the…

‘Immediately stop’: China’s warning to US after destroyer stand-off in disputed waters

The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain crossed through the South China Sea, passing near the disputed Paracel Islands, on Friday. File photo / Wikipedia Beijing is doubling down on its assertion of total control over the South China Sea, swarming warships and aircraft around a US destroyer as it sailed through international waters at the weekend. “We urge the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions, strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality,” a Chinese military spokesman…