Tag Archives: East China Sea

China now has more surface combat ships than Japan

By commissioning more advanced destroyers and frigates into active service, China now possesses more surface combat ships than Japan, reports the Hangzhou-based Qianjiang Evening News. After China showcased its DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile and DF-26 medium-range ballistic missile during its military parade held on Sept. 3 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Japan decided to flex its muscle as well through its 28th fleet review. Held on Oct. 18 at Sagami Bay, west of Yokosuka, the review featured nearly 40 Japanese warships including helicopter destroyer, JS Izumo, the largest vessel of JMSDF. Japan currently has 138 warships, including four helicopter destroyers, 16 submarines, and 44 destroyers and frigates. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) also operates 162 fixed-wing aircraft and 131 helicopters. Read more: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news/content?id=20151023000033&cid=1101

FM Yun refutes alleged US pressure over South China Sea dispute

Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se refuted allegations Wednesday that the United States has increased pressure on South Korea to clarify its stance on the territorial dispute in the South China Sea. Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a joint press conference following summit talks with President Park Geun-hye that Washington expects Seoul to speak out if China fails to abide by international norms and rules. The remarks were interpreted in Seoul as a reference to the dispute over China’s land reclamation projects in the South China Sea. “The South China Sea issue does not simply have implications for the interests of other East Asian countries, but it also has implications for South Korea’s economic and security interests,” Yun said during a forum on South Korea’s long-term diplomatic strategy. “That is why we have clearly expressed our position on this issue over the past years.” He cited his remarks during a regional foreign ministerial meeting in Malaysia in August, saying he stressed the importance of the freedom of navigation and abidance by international regulations. “The U.S. government, at various levels following the meeting, said our remarks during the meeting would significantly help handle the South China Sea issue going forward,” Yun said. “The U.S. made such an assessment during the president’s visit to the U.S. as well.” Read more: http://m.koreatimes.co.kr/phone/news/view.jsp?req_newsidx=189110

China conducts air, sea drills in East China Sea

China conducted large-scale air and sea exercises in the East China Sea on Thursday, state news agency Xinhua said, the third time in the last two months it has carried out such live-fire maritime drills. The training involved more than 100 ships, dozens of aircraft, information warfare units as well the firing of close to 100 missiles, Xinhua said. It did not specify where exactly the exercises took place. China and Japan are involved in an increasingly bitter dispute over ownership of a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku by Tokyo and Diaoyu by Beijing. China has in the last two months held similar exercises in the Yellow Sea, and also the disputed waters of the South China Sea.   Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/08/27/uk-china-malaysia-defence-idUKKCN0QW12F20150827

Japan Not Welcome In South China Sea, But US Forces Can Patrol Region, China Says

Japanese sea patrols in the South China Sea are unacceptable, but U.S. patrols there will be tolerated, a prominent Chinese general declared, according to a new NBC news report. The ongoing military dispute between China and Japan that will change the strategic make-up of the region centers on territorial claims over a group of islands that could have huge economic potential. While Japan was not claiming ownership of the Spratly or the Parcel Islands, also referred to by China as the Nansha and Xinsha islands, respectively, Tokyo is concerned about the Chinese Navy’s increased presence in the region and its growing influence as maritime force. Beijing hopes to exert greater control of the South China Sea by building fake islands that already accommodate military outposts and heavy weapons, according to the Pentagon. “As for the Japanese military presence, it is very difficult for the Chinese people and the Chinese government to accept it,” said Major General Zhu Chenghu, a professor of strategic studies at China’s National Defense University, according to the NBC report. “The United States used to have military bases in Southeast Asia, like in the Philippines and even in Vietnam, and they have military cooperation with Singapore, so American military presence in the South China Sea is acceptable to China.”   Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/japan-not-welcome-south-china-sea-us-forces-can-patrol-region-china-says-1988208

China sends bombers on long-range test near Japan amid tensions over South China Sea

China’s air force sent a group of strategic bombers through the Miyako Strait south of Okinawa in a long-range drill for the first time yesterday as part of military exercises in the western Pacific. The manoeuvre came as US-based CNN reported that the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane to leave airspace over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the disputed South China Sea. CNN reported that on Wednesday a Chinese navy dispatcher demanded eight times that a US Air Force P8-A Poseidon surveillance aircraft leave the area as it flew over Fiery Cross Reef, where China has conducted extensive reclamation work. The exercise and the warnings underscore growing tensions between the armed forces of China and the United States, and China’s neighbours. PLA Air Force spokesman Colonel Shen Jinke said in a statement on The PLA Daily’s website that the bombers flew over the strait in a routine drill that was part of a blue-water training exercise. Shen said the drill was not aimed at any country, region or target, and similar exercises could be conducted in future. “The training flight path was within international airspace. It didn’t affect international flights because the bombers avoided the main civilian flight altitudes,” Shen was quoted as saying.   Read more: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1806442/china-puts-bombers-long-range-test-miyako-strait

Taiwan formula may settle sea dispute

TAIPEI: A Taiwanese official has called for a peaceful settlement of maritime disputes in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). Joseph S.C. Hua, director-general of Taiwan’s Department of Cultural and Educational Affairs at the Mainland Affairs Council, on Wednesday said Taiwan’s peaceful approach to resolving maritime disputes with Japan and the Philippines “can be applied in settling issues in the South China Sea to create a winning situation for all parties.” “In fact, [Taiwanese] President Ma [Ying-jeou] already said the countries involved in the South China Sea could also use his formula [in settling maritime issues] in East China Sea,” Hua told The Manila Times. He was referring to President Ma’s proposal, the East China Sea Peace Initiative, which aims to address disputes over the Diaoyutais, also known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan. The island group, which is also being claimed by China and Taiwan, has been under Japan’s administrative control since 1972.   Read more: http://www.manilatimes.net/taiwan-formula-may-settle-sea-dispute/177745/

PLA’s DF-21D anti-ship missile can reach Philippines: US report

China’s DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile has extended the attack range of the People’s Liberation Army Navy all the way to the Philippines, according to the US Navy’s first unclassified assessment report of the Chinese navy in six years. In The PLA Navy: New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century, released April 10, America’s Office of Naval Intelligence said the PLA has been making “major qualitative improvements” in its naval aviation and submarine force, adding that they are “increasingly capable of striking targets hundreds of miles from the Chinese mainland.” In particular, the report said the deployment of the DF-21D, said to be the world’s first anti-ship ballistic missile, will expand the attack range of the PLA “further into the Philippine and South China Seas.” The US National Air and Space Intelligence center estimated that the DF-21D has a maximum range exceeding 1,450 kilometers. In addition to qualitative improvements, the PLA is also expanding its current naval force of 300 surface ships, submarines, amphibious ships, and missile-armed patrol craft, the report said. Read more: http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150413000123

China’s Unsolved Territorial Disputes: Implications For Its Relations With Neighbors – Analysis

China’s unresolved land and maritime border disputes with its neighbors continue to be a negative factor in bilateral relations among them; undeniably they also complicate the regional situation. What are the root causes of China’s territorial positions? Why certain disputes remain unsettled? Can such situation lead to future conflicts? Has China begun to work towards implementing an economic interests based foreign policy and if so, how that may impact on the country’s so far adopted core-interest based foreign policy resulting in its territorial assertiveness? These are some of the questions the following study attempts to address. China, like India, has five thousand years of civilization and history; in both the countries, the roots of the present can always be traced to the past; a prominent instance in the case of China is the influence of China’s founding Emperor Qin Shihuang, on the thinking of the country’s architect, Mao Zedong.[1] Similar is the linkage seen between China’s traditional ‘’ Tian Xia” (Under the Heaven) concept and its current stand on ‘territorial sovereignty’. The concept considers that all the people and areas where they lived belong to the Chinese Emperor, the Son of God, who is in possession of mandate of heaven; regarding areas which are not under the control of the Emperor, their rulers derived their power from the Emperor. [2] It holds that the biggest political unit for the Chinese is the framework of ‘world/society’, not the ‘country or nation state’. Read more: http://www.eurasiareview.com/03042015-chinas-unsolved-territorial-disputes-implications-for-its-relations-with-neighbors-analysis/

Beijing’s land reclamation project worrisome; India, Washington should be watchful

During a visit to New Delhi earlier this month, Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Fleet, exhorted India to increase its presence in the South China Sea where China is literally creating new geography by enlarging reefs into artificial islands. He called China’s massive land reclamation “provocative” because it effectively changes “facts on the ground.” True, China is equipping these man-made “islands” with helipads, airstrips and docks capable of supporting troops. The speed has unnerved countries in the region as they watch submerged reefs transform under their very eyes.   Read more: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-03-12/news/60047923_1_south-china-sea-asean-countries-land-reclamation

East Sea issues draw attention from Belgian experts

A conference on the international law perspective on the East Sea came under the spotlight in an article carried by the Belgian Euro Press Image (EPI) portal on March 11. Professor Erik Franck, a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) chaired the conference in Brussels, which brought together over 100 scholars, lawyers, researchers and former judges at international courts along with officials from the European Union and the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The discussion was focused on fishery, navigation, islands and archipelagos, and the settlement of international disputes. The article quoted PhD Friedrich Wieland, head of the legal section of the European Commission Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fishery, as saying the aquatic resources in the East Sea are being overexploited, causing negative effects on the environment. According to Wieland, one of the causes behind this problem is the lack of clear delimitation of sovereignty. To solve this problem, the involved parties should cooperate, avoid any unilateral action and respect international law, he said. Experts agreed that the so-called “nine-dash line” claim of China in 2009 lacks legal foundations and to date China has failed to produce any valid legal documents to prove its claim.   Read more: http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/125347/east-sea-issues-draw-attention-from-belgian-experts.html