A Small Island Chain Could Be the Next Flashpoint in Taiwan-China Relations

Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine prompted much international outrage but little meaningful action. President Vladimir Putin was able to forcefully redraw his country’s borders, shrugging off the international sanctions that the United States and European Union imposed in response. Putin’s success augmented “the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way,” as U.S. President Barack Obama put it at the time. Given Crimea’s location in a small country—and the complex, often ethnically tinged territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia—the world…

Ceremony commemorates fallen soldiers from Gac Ma Island battle | National

A delegation of officials of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and Khanh Hoa Provincial Confederation of Labor offered incenses and flowers to pay tribute to soldiers who sacrificed their lives in a naval battle on March 14, 1988 against  Chinese invasion on Gac Ma Island to protect the fatherland as well as affirmed Vietnam’s sovereignty over its seas and islands. According to the management board of Gac Ma memorial complex, the memorial complex dedicated to 64 naval soldiers received 2,350 delegations and organizations nationwide featuring more than 220,000 visitors…

Taiping Island ideal for a global science peace park

(MENAFN – Asia Times) Itu Aba, also known as Taiping, is an island administered by Taiwan in the Spratly archipelago. It represents an opportunity for the development of a laboratory for science cooperation in a region torn by competing territorial claims and marine governance failures in the disruption of flora, fauna, fish and reefs. Appropriately, the island’s Chinese name, Taiping, translates as ‘peaceful,’ and as such affords a sanctuary for a common-interest approach to the region’s acrimonious disputes. Both the People’s Republic’s and the Republic of China’s (Taiwan’s) claims to…

China Builds New Housing on Key South China Sea Island to Support Growing Population — Radio Free Asia

China is set to construct new housing to accommodate nearly 400 people on Woody Island, a sign of its effort to support a growing population on this key outpost in the disputed South China Sea, Chinese government documents and satellite imagery show. Bidding documents acquired by Radio Free Asia show that local officials started planning the public housing facility in mid-2020. It is the fifth such facility to be built on Woody since 2012, when China established Sansha City on the island to administer the Paracels, Spratlys, and other contested…

China’s resort island to resume cruise routes to South China Sea

Cruise routes to the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea will resume next month following an 11-month suspension due to the COVID-19 epidemic, according to the Hainan provincial department of transportation. Two cruise ships, the Nanhai Dream and the Changle Gongzhu, or Princess Changle, are scheduled to resume operation on December 9 and 10 respectively. The Xisha tour will last four days and three nights. Tourists will depart from the city of Sanya in Hainan to sail to the Yongle Islands in the Xisha Islands. In line with the…

Type 075 amphibious assault ship spotted on doorstep of South China Sea, near Taiwan island: report

China held a launch ceremony for its first Type 075 amphibious assault ship in Shanghai on September 25, 2019. Photo: 81.cn The Chinese mainland’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship was recently spotted on the doorstep of the South China Sea, close to the island of Taiwan, Taiwan media reported, leading Chinese mainland military experts to say that the vessel could be conducting another sea trial session in the more challenging sea region of the South China Sea. Recent photos circulating on the Chinese mainland’s social media show a Type…

#SummerInNovember: Bounce back to Inflatable Island, the biggest floating playground in Asia

If you want to make a bouncier splash in your return to the beach, then your family should head back to Inflatable Island, a.k.a. the biggest floating playground in Asia, as it reopens on Nov. 13.  Put a bit of your courage and leg power to the test with the adrenaline-pumping obstacle course at this seaside water park courtesy of connecting inflatables slides, trampolines, mini bridges, human launchers, swings, and even huge floaters of your favorite cartoon characters.  Inflatable Island, the biggest floating playground in Asia, reopens on Nov. 13 It also offers Instagrammable attractions…

‘Rolly’ spares Panay Island – Manila Bulletin

‘Rolly’ spares Panay Island ILOILO CITY—While portions of Panay Island were initially placed under storm warnings, typhoon “Rolly” did not have much effect on the island. “There’s no flooding. There’s no landslide. No significant impact on Panay Island,” said Aleth Nogra,  chief of the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) division of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6) for Western Visayas region. The 5 p.m. bulletin of the weather bureau PAGASA lifted storm signals for Aklan, Antique, and Capiz provinces as well as northern Iloilo province.  “While there was no impact, it was…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island : The Asahi Shimbun

TAIPEI–Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet and the aircraft could not…

Taiwan says Hong Kong warned off flight to Taiwan-controlled island

TAIPEI, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Hong Kong air traffic controllers on Thursday warned off a Taiwanese civilian flight flying to Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea, forcing it to turn back, the island’s government said. The incident, which comes at a time of rising regional tensions, occurred as a UNI Air charter flight from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to the Pratas Islands was approaching Hong Kong’s flight information region, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Hong Kong air traffic controllers told the captain there were “dangerous activities” happening below 26,000 feet…