Monthly Archives: June 2014

PH becoming a thorn in China’s side

MANILA, Philippines–Who would have thought that the tiny Philippines would be a thorn in the side of giant China? Magdalo Rep. Francisco Ashley Acedillo said the Philippines’ geographic location is in the way of China’s defense strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, giving its ally, the United States, a base from which to counter China. “Our […]

Deploying more oil rigs, China turns East Sea into its pond, int’l scholars

VietNamNet Bridge – On the sidelines of the international conference on Hoang Sa (Paracel), Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands in Da Nang on June 20-21, domestic and foreign scholars expressed their concerns over China’s deployment of more oil rigs in the East Sea. On June 21, 2014 the delegates who attended the International Workshop under the […]

Beijing ‘setting precedent’ in South China Sea

China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea amid mounting regional tensions. Analyst Ian Storey tells DW Beijing is likely to deploy more rigs in the future as it intends to assert its “historic rights.” China has sent four more oil rigs into the South China Sea in a bid to […]

‘China wants to seize more sea’

DA NANG: Vietnam and regional countries should raise world alarm about China’s nine-dash claim to much of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), retired French general Daniel Schaeffer told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos here. Schaeffer, an expert on Chinese issues at France’s Asia Research Center, […]

Why Doesn’t Russia Support China in the South China Sea?

Recently, tensions over maritime disputes in the South China Sea seem to have surpassed even those caused by the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. China and Vietnam are embroiled in their worst political conflict in decades over an oil drilling platform near the Paracel Islands. The resulting anti-China protests in Vietnam brought China-Vietnam relations to a temporary halt. […]

‘China wants to seize more sea’

DA NANG: Vietnam and regional countries should raise world alarm about China’s nine-dash claim to much of the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), retired French general Daniel Schaeffer told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos here. Schaeffer, an expert on Chinese issues at France’s Asia Research Center, […]

Analysis: South China Sea dispute pits power-hungry China against weaker regional neighbours

The dispute over the South China Sea pits China against its smaller, weaker regional neighbours. Vietnam is one of them, and right now there is a concerning flash point that could have deep, significant implications for the region. Around Vietnam you find propaganda billboards denouncing China’s actions after it built a billion-dollar oil rig about […]

UNCLOS signatory states asked anew to respect treaty

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has reiterated its call for signatory states to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), including China, to respect the treaty amid rising tensions in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). The government made the appeal during the 24th meeting of state parties to […]

Beijing sends another oil rig to South China Sea

BEIJING–Another Chinese oil rig is set to arrive Friday in the South China Sea, authorities said, as Beijing and Hanoi trade accusations over an increasingly heated territorial row. The move marks a fresh escalation of the dispute, which has seen a wave of deadly anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam as well as accusations from both sides […]

On the frontline in the South China Sea: A diary by South-East Asia correspondent Samantha Hawley

South-East Asia correspondent Samantha Hawley spent nearly a week travelling to a giant Chinese oil rig deployed between the Vietnamese coast and the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea. Travelling onboard Vietnamese coastguard ships, Hawley came within eight nautical miles of the Chinese rig, operated by China Oilfield Services Limited, which is located […]