Monthly Archives: December 2017

Catch-22 in the South China Sea: why preserving fish stocks is key to a resolution

  Despite upcoming talks, Manila’s deferential stance to Beijing, and wider ASEAN disunity, mean no end in sight for China’s island-building in the South China Sea. Yet those islands will destroy the coral reefs they are built on, and the very fish stocks China wants to control in the first place.   China’s provocations and […]

China Flies Long-Range Bombers Near Japan and Taiwan

The Chinese bombers and support aircraft aimed to “test real combat capabilities.” The People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) sent two Xian H-6K long-range bombers, two unidentified fighter jets, one Shaanxi Y-8 electronic countermeasures aircraft, and one Tupolev Tu-154MD electronic intelligence plane through international airspace between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the […]

China Calmed Asian Maritime Dispute in 2017 Without Ceding Sovereignty

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — China calmed Asia’s biggest maritime sovereignty dispute in 2017 by offering aid, investment and the pledge of negotiations with weaker Southeast Asian countries as Beijing’s chief nemesis, the United States, kept quiet. These shifts in the South China Sea sovereignty dispute involving six governments allow Beijing to minimize public criticism of its […]

Singapore backs peaceful resolution of sea dispute

  SINGAPORE – The city-state of Singapore has expressed support for a peaceful resolution of the overlapping claims of some areas in the South China Sea.   Although Singapore is not a claimant state, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan noted that majority of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have trade and economic-related interests, […]

Combat ready: Chinese air force puts new Y-9 transport planes through paces in South China Sea drill

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force announced on its social media account on Saturday that a fleet of the aircraft from the Western Theatre Command flew thousands of kilometres to simulate an airdrop over an island in the contested waters before returning the same day.   The exercise was conducted in mock combat conditions and […]