Monthly Archives: November 2014

Opening Remarks for the Cartographic Exhibit

By Atty. Elma Christine R. Leogardo President Institute for Maritime and Ocean Affairs The Institute for Maritime & Ocean Affairs (IMOA) is very privileged to co-present with the National Defense College of the Philippines today’s lecture by the Honorable Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, and to open a cartographic exhibit based on […]

US should stay out of S.China Sea land reclamation issue: PLA general

“Stay out of it.” That appears to be the message of a general of China’s People’s Liberation Army, following reports the US urged China to halt land reclamation activities in the South China Sea. PLA Major General Luo Yuan told the Global Times that as China is constructing infrastructure on the reef, mainly to improve […]

PLA’s JL-2 missile can reach US mainland: report

China’s JL-2 second-generation intercontinental-range submarine-launched ballistic missile, which has the ability to reach the continental USA, is already believed to be deployable by the People’s Liberation Army, reports Huanqiu, the Chinese-language website of the nationalistic Global Times tabloid. The Julang-2 — literally “Giant Wave 2” — has reached a preliminary level of proficiency, according to […]

Aquino and Xi shake hands

Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and Chinese President Xi Jinping met for the first time and shook hands last November 21 in Beijing. It was a historic occasion because the two countries had been locked in territorial disputes over islands and reefs in the West Philippine Sea ( South China Sea) for the past few […]

US asks China to stop building Spratlys island which could host airfield

The United States has urged Beijing to stop its reclamation projects in the South China Sea, as a report provided more details on a massive island being built in the disputed waters. According to a report by IHS Jane’s Defence, China had over the past three months used dredgers to build an island about 3,000 […]

The Militarization of China’s Coast Guard

With new “China Coast Guard” ships entering service at regular intervals, it is easy to forget that the China Coast Guard as an organization does not yet exist in any complete sense. Legislation passed in March 2013 to integrate the ranks (duiwu) of four maritime law enforcement agencies into a new China Coast Guard within […]

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip – report

WASHINGTON – Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday. The construction has stoked concern that China may be converting disputed territory in the […]

China to build 18 naval bases in Indian Ocean

Sri Lankan website Colombo Page quoted a namibian.com.na report that China planned to build 18 naval bases in areas of the Indian Ocean including Sri Lanka, where China has built Hambantota Port as its naval base. China also plans to build naval bases in Pakistan and Myanmar. In Namibia, China plans to build a naval […]

China building possible airfield in South China Sea: US

WASHINGTON: China is building a massive island in the South China Sea that could host an airfield in an area where Beijing is locked in bitter territorial disputes with neighbouring states, a US military spokesman said on Friday (Nov 21). The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is […]

What’s next in South China Sea? 4 scenarios simulated

MANILA, Philippines — More than 70 analysts from various countries held debates in a bid to simulate the future of the disputed South China Sea. In a statement earlier this week, consultancy firm Wikistrat examined “key factors” driving instability in the waters claimed by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan to come up with […]