Japan tells China to stop its military drills around the island

“By setting up this exercise area, China was able to get a glimpse of what it would take to blockade Taiwan,” he said. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose visit to Taiwan this week triggered the most serious military stand-off in the Taiwan strait since the missile crisis of 1996, accused China of trying to isolate the island. “They will not isolate Taiwan by preventing us from travelling there,” she said after meeting with Kishida on Friday. “They are not doing our travel itinerary.” Pelosi’s visit has spurred condemnation from…

Ly Son Island looks to economic development through tourism | Travel

Parachutes fly over the top of Ly Son volcano (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Ly Son island district, 30km off the coast of central Quang Ngai province, will give prioirity to tourism when allocating resources for socio-economic development, said Dang Tan Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Ly Son People’s Committee in an interview with the Vietnam News Agency. According to Thanh, the local economic structure is shifting towards sustainability and a larger proportion of the trade – service sector. The tourism sector has been earmarked for breakthrough development, becoming a…

China Warns Philippine Ships ‘Making Trouble’ as Island Dispute Escalates

Chinese government vessels have for the first time made direct threats against a Manila-held outpost in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to a report out of the Philippines this week. The latest saga in the decades-long standoff over Second Thomas Shoal—known as Ayungin in the Philippines and Ren’ai Jiao in China—happened as Philippine boats attempted to resupply a contingent of marines in the Spratly Islands in June, the Philippine Daily Inquirer said in a July 4 report. During a June 21 rotation and resupply mission, China Coast…

PH objects to Taiwan’s ‘illegal’ live fire drills off Ligaw Island – Manila Bulletin

News / National / PH objects to Taiwan’s ‘illegal’ live fire drills off Ligaw Island PH objects to Taiwan’s ‘illegal’ live fire drills off Ligaw Island The Philippines has expressed objection to the “unlawful live fire drills” by Taiwan off Ligaw Island, saying it “raises tension” in the South China Sea. Through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippines on Tuesday, June 28, stated “strong objection” over the activity, which it deemed “illegal.” “The Philippines expresses its strong objection over the unlawful live fire drills to be conducted by…

China to ‘block the flow of global trade’ with island ‘militarisation’ | World | News

Zeno Leoni, a defence studies lecturer at King’s College London, told the Daily Express that Chinese President Xi Jinping has gone back on “promises” made to former US President Barack Obama that China would not militarise islands in the South China Sea. There have been mounting tensions in the region as China ignored an international court ruling against them over some of the islands, as Jinping maintains the islands are a sovereign right of China.  Prof Leoni said: “Since 2013 and 2015, when Xi Jinping has met Obama, there were…

Several China’s Spratly Islands are several times larger than largest natural Spratly island

Taiping Island, also known as Itu Aba Island and by various other names, is the largest of the naturally occurring Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The island is elliptical in shape being 1.4 kilometres (0.87 mi) in length and 0.4 kilometres (0.25 mi) in width, with an area of 46 hectares (110 acres). The Taiping Island Airport is the most prominent artificial feature on the island. Woody Island largest in South China Sea but part of the Paracel Islands and not Spratly Islands, has a major military airstrip,…

Coast Guard installs buoys in Kalayaan Island Group

FULL FORCE | Philippine Coast Guard personnel maneuver a navigational buoy from their ship into the water — one of five they installed near their detachments at Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea from May 10 to May 17 to ensure safer navigation for ships and assert the country’s sovereignty in the disputed waters. (Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard) MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has installed five navigational buoys near four Philippine-held detachments in the Kalayaan Island Group (Spratly Islands) in the West Philippine Sea…

China says Taiwan ‘playing with fire’ over alleged Taiping Island plans — Radio Free Asia

China has reacted strongly against Taiwan’s alleged plans to extend a runway on the contested Taiping Island in the South China Sea, saying it was “playing with fire.” Taiwanese media reported last week that the island’s military is planning to lengthen the existing 1,150-meter-long airstrip by 350 meters so that it will be able to accommodate F-16 jet fighters and P-3C anti-submarine aircraft. Taiwanese officials have yet to confirm the plans, reported by United Daily News, a conservative Taiwanese newspaper. But recent satellite imagery suggests some kind of changes on…

Taiwan plans upgrade of runway on disputed island — Radio Free Asia

The Taiwanese military plans to extend a runway on a contested island in the South China Sea to accommodate fighter jets, local media reported on Monday, in a move that would likely trigger protests from other claimants. Taiwan’s government has previously pushed back against suggestions it might militarize the island, Taiping. Taiwan’s air force declined Monday to comment on the report. Taiping, also known as Itu Aba, is the biggest natural feature in the Spratly islands. It is currently occupied by Taiwan but is also claimed by China, the Philippines…

Beijing building new ‘Great Wall’ in South China Sea as it opens massive military base on disputed island fortress

CHINA is secretly building a new ‘Great Wall” in the South China Sea it is claimed. Beijing has opened a massive military base on a disputed island fortress in the strategic region as the conflict escalates. 4 It has been claimed China is secretly building a new Great WallCredit: Maxar 4 Y-8Q anti-submarine patrol and KJ-500 airborne early warning & control were spottedCredit: Maxar Satellite photos seen by the Washington Times, show deployments of PLA KJ-500 airborne warning and control aircraft to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in May…