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Weapons sent to Hainan for potential S China Sea conflict| The Chinese J-10 fighter at Hainan's Xiuying port. (Internet photo) After several confrontations with US warships and aircraft in the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army decided to demonstrate several of its most advanced weapon systems to the people living on Hainan island, which is located close to China, but still in the South China Sea, reported state-run Xinhua News Agency on May 28.

The weapons demonstrated at Haikou's Xiuying port included the J-10 fighter, WZ-10 gunship, Type 63A amphibious light tank, anti-tank missile vehicle and armoured command vehicle. Because Hainan is very likely to become the primary PLA base for operations if China enters a conflict in the South China Sea, Beijing wants to prepare the civilians of the island for military conflict through exhibiting those weapon systems, according to the Xinhua.

A New Life Awaits in the Chinese Sea Colonies – Cosmic Anthropology 101. First they take the South China Sea, then the galaxy… China’s current terraforming activities and proposed designs for cities and vehicles provide an excellent way to expand their territory and power not just within its nearby waters, but also beyond Earth. Creating new land and living in ever more hostile environments, such as beneath the ocean and in orbit, allows it to continue to develop its industrial base and fully leapfrog the first world nations to become an off-world one. Chinese reclamation work on Johnson South Reef (Image: Philippine armed forces) Chinese reclamation work on Johnson South Reef [BBC] We start our look in the present.

At this piece by the BBC “China’s Island Factory“, which examines how China’s economic rise and development as a naval power is driving its need to acquire a legitimate hold in territory it had previously laid claim to, but not enforced. This place is called Johnson South Reef. “Back on the mainland everything is so expensive compared to here.” China's Island Factory. China Building Dubai-Style Fake Islands in South China Sea. Sand, cement, wood and steel are the latest tools in China’s territorial arsenal as it seeks to literally reshape the South China Sea. Chinese ships carrying construction materials regularly ply the waters near the disputed Spratly Islands, carrying out work that will see new islands rise from the sea, according to Philippine fishermen and officials in the area. China’s efforts are reminiscent of Dubai’s Palm resort-style land reclamation, they say. “They are creating artificial islands that never existed since the creation of the world, like the ones in Dubai,” said Eugenio Bito-onon, 58, mayor of a sparsely populated stretch of the Spratlys called Kalayaan, or “freedom” in Filipino.

“The construction is massive and nonstop. Artificial islands could help China anchor its claims and potentially develop bases to control waters that contain some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Eugenio Bito-onon, mayor of the Kalayaan Ilands, points to a map showing the island of... Close Open. In Face-Offs with China, Vietnam, Philippines Grow Closer. China’s “marine defense identification zone” looks like a giant sea grab. China’s recent announcement that foreign fishing vessels traveling in disputed areas of the South China sea need to seek permission from China first has been dismissed as “provocative and potentially dangerous” by the US, “threatening the existing international order” by Japan and dangerous to “peace and stability” by the Philippines.

The marine zone which China says it controls ”appears to enclose an area covering roughly 80%” of the South China Sea, a US Congressional report notes (pdf). The controversial claim, which dates back to 19TK but is receiving heightened attention due to China’s latest push, does not respect international agreements on water rights and and violates the claims of its neighbors under UN Convention on the Law of the Sea guidelines.

The BBC mapped the overlapping claims to the region: Violators will have their catch and fishing equipment confiscated, and be filed 500,000 RMB ($83,000), The China Times reported today(link in Chinese). Is China Overplaying Its Hand in the South China Sea? « State of Affairs. Posted July 27th, 2012 at 7:40 pm (UTC+0) China is setting up shop on a tiny island in the South China Sea, deploying troops and civilian administrators in a move that is raising tensions in the region and seriously annoying Vietnam and the Philippines. The move comes on the heels of a conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) earlier this month that couldn’t agree on a Code of Conduct to deal with conflicting territorial claims on islands in the region.

China’s new military garrison is on a 2.5 square kilometer patch of land it calls Yongxing in the Paracel Islands chain. According to Ziao Jie, China’s newly appointed mayor of the island’s capital region, Sansha City, the new settlement is meant to “safeguard national sovereignty and security, to strengthen the protection of resources and overall development in the South China Sea.” Philippine President Benigno Aquino III doesn’t like that at all. China claims a big back yard in the South China Sea.

Showdown in the South China Sea. While addressing the Asia Society in New York on September 20, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III emphasised that maritime security would be his country's defence priority, particularly in the disputed areas in the South China Sea, which Manila now calls the West Philippine Sea. Aquino wants a credible deterrent against China to protect the Philippines' sovereign rights. The compelling need for a deterrent arises from China's belligerent posturing which is causing nervousness within Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

Four member states — Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam — stake claims to the oil and gas-rich Spratly islands. China's so-called "historical claims" to the islands, prompting recent Chinese incursions into the Reed Bank within the Philippines 200-mile exclusive economic zone, are worrying Manila. However, Aquino was categorical about asserting the Philippines' sovereign rights. China's behaviour in the region is unpredictable. China turns up heat in maritime heart of SE Asia - Opinion - Editorial. Faced with expansive and increasingly assertive Chinese claims to control as much as 80 per cent of the South China Sea in the maritime heart of South-East Asia, ASEAN countries and major user nations, including Australia, are aligning - based on shared concerns at China's actions. !

To protect their interests in the 3.5million square kilometre sea that is a major international highway for shipping, trade, over-flight and seabed telecommunication cables, countries from outside the region have agreed on the importance of preserving peace and navigation rights without taking sides in the overlapping claims involving China, Taiwan and several South-East Asian states. ! The United States has also been drawn into the dispute. If the US is to remain a superpower with a global military reach, it must be able freely to move its naval forces through, and military aircraft over, the South China Sea and the adjoining Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Advertisement ! ! South Asia’s Nuclear Arms Racing. One of the biggest challenges that the Obama administration faces over its Afghan-Pakistan withdrawal strategy is to decrease tensions between India and Pakistan.

It is, of course, a complex issue. But the most dangerous element is almost certainly the nuclear arms racing between the two countries. What can the United States realistically do? Efforts to negotiate direct limits on the two countries’ nuclear forces are probably premature, so the United States and other countries have instead tried to constrain the racing indirectly, by limiting the amount of fissile material they manufacture. Fissile material, typically in the form of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium separated from the spent reactor fuel, is used to power a nuclear chain reaction explosion. Problems of definition and verification complicate these efforts, but the complexities of the India-Pakistan nuclear arms racing also play their part.

Deploying tactical nuclear warheads is also destabilizing. Walker's World: War in South China Sea? LONDON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- An ugly momentum is building in the South China Sea, where an official Chinese newspaper called last week for war against Vietnam and the Philippines to uphold China's assertion of sovereignty over the mineral-rich seabed, estimated to hold 7 billion barrels of oil and 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The lead article in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times Tuesday carried the headline "The time to use force has arrived in the South China Sea; Let's wage wars on the Philippines and Vietnam to prevent more wars.

" "The South China Sea is the best place for China to wage wars," the article said. "Of the more than 1,000 oil rigs there, none belongs to China; of the four airfields in the Spratly Islands, none belongs to China; once a war is declared, the South China Sea will be a sea of fire [with burning oil rigs]. Who will suffer the most from a war? Once a war starts there, the Western oil companies will flee the area, who will suffer the most?

" India, China in Standoff Over South China Sea Oil. Is War in the South China Sea Inevitable? at Oil Price. If China is not actually preparing for conflict in the South China Sea over disputed archipelagos and islets and their rich offshore resources, from fish to hydrocarbons, then consider the comments made on 6 December by Chinese President Hu Jintao to the Central Military Commission, as reported by Xinhua. Hu said that China's navy should "make extended preparations for warfare," adding that the navy should "accelerate its transformation and modernization in a sturdy way, and make extended preparations for military combat in order to make greater contributions to safeguard national security. Our work must closely encircle the main theme of national defense and military building. " Is Beijing’s big nautical stick about to be deployed against other Southeast Asian nations contesting China’s South Sea sovereignty claims?

Select the reports you are interested in:NO-SPAM: Under no circumstances will we EVER rent, sell or give away your email Washington’s take on the squabble? By. John C.K. The South China Sea: Likely Outcomes - Analysis. By IPCS By Teshu Singh Recently Barak Obama demanded that China should “play by the rules” in international trade and “act like a grown up” vis-a-vis the South China Sea (SCS). This leaves the observers in a state of perplexity as to what would be the likely scenario in the region. This article explores four likely scenarios in the region based interviews with maritime experts and media survey. Scenario I – If China continues giving baffling statements South China Sea China claims the SCS on historical grounds and is the main claimant in the dispute.

Scenario II – If China tries to push for a Bilateral Solution China is firm on solving the issue bilaterally. Further China insists that the SCS is a complicated and sensitive issue and based on international experiences, this kind of dispute should be resolved bilaterally between the countries directly involved. Scenario III – If ASEAN becomes assertive for a Code of Conduct/Multilateral Solution Scenario IV – Increasing US Assertiveness.