Monthly Archives: December 2017

A Blueprint for Fisheries Management and Environmental Cooperation in the South China Sea

On the left, the relatively healthy but overfished reef flat surrounding Thitu Island; on the right, a reef flat approximately 1.5 nautical miles away destroyed by Chinese clam harvesters. Both photos dated February 2016, courtesy of John McManus.   Total fish stocks in the South China Sea have been depleted by 70-95 percent since the […]

How La Niña’s icy grip may bolster China’s resolve in the South China Sea

  As defined by the US’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, La Niña is “a natural ocean-atmospheric phenomenon marked by cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean near the equator.” That lends itself to a colder winter in China and by extension to higher energy use for heating. China’s changing energy mix can […]

Chinese air force planes fly through Tsushima Strait for first time

  BEIJING, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) — Chinese air force planes Monday flew through Tsushima Strait for the first time and conducted drills in international airspace over the Sea of Japan, an air force spokesperson said.   The drills, involving bombers, fighters, reconnaissance planes and other aircraft, were aimed to examine the high-sea combat ability of […]

The Great Leap Forward: China’s Pursuit of a Strategic Breakthrough

On February 25, 1956, in a closed session of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev gave his “Secret Speech” denouncing Stalin and his cult of personality. The political tremors from this questioning of Communist doctrine traveled across the border to Beijing where Chinese-leader Mao Zedong initially […]

Top Chinese commander takes aim at Australia over South China Sea military moves

    China’s top commander has accused Australia of compromising peace and stability in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.   The accusation comes amid growing wariness in Canberra over China’s roles in the region and a diplomatic row over alleged Chinese political interference in Australian politics.   People’s Liberation Army Navy commander […]

‘Slow-moving crisis’ as Beijing bolsters South China Sea war platform

  China has created military facilities about four times the size of Buckingham palace on contested islands in the South China Sea, a new report has said, calling the build-up a “slow-moving crisis” in one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.   China built about 29 hectares (290,000 square metres) of new facilities on contested […]