Tag Archives: Mischief Reef

China May Owe The Philippines $177 Billion In South China Sea Rent & Damages

hina owes the Philippines and other countries more than $177 billion in rent and damages for the South China Sea fiasco. The Permanent Court of Arbitration found on Tuesday that Mischief Reef is a low-water elevation and within Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. This gives the Philippines’ indisputable legal rights to the reef. But since 1995 […]

Next US Navy South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Operation: Mischief Reef

The U.S. Navy may be gearing up for its second freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea within 12 nautical miles of a Chinese artificial island. Bill Gertz, at the Washington Free Beacon, citing U.S. officials with knowledge of matter, reports that two U.S. Navy warships will sail within 12 nautical miles of […]

Mischief Reef land reclamation to restrict PH access to Ayungin, Recto Bank

MANILA – China’s land reclamation activities at Panganiban Reef, internationally known as Mischief Reef, could be its first step in gradually restricting the Philippines’ access to Ayungin Shoal and the Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. But for one analyst, the bigger objective of China is to put in place a “strategic triangle” in […]

New Images Show China Literally Gaining Ground in South China Sea

Washington:  The clusters of Chinese vessels busily dredge white sand and pump it onto partly submerged coral, aptly named Mischief Reef, transforming it into an island. Over a matter of weeks, satellite photographs show the island growing bigger, its few shacks on stilts replaced by buildings. What appears to be an amphibious warship, capable of […]

China mounts detailed defence of South China Sea reclamation

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Thursday sketched out plans for the islands it is creating in the disputed South China Sea, saying they would be used for military defence as well as to provide civilian services that would benefit other countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing that the reclamation and […]

Is China Reclaiming the Law of the Sea?

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has released a special issue on land reclamation and development activities in the South China Sea. As part of its ongoing effort to promote transparency in maritime Asia, AMTI obtained exclusive, never-before-published, imagery of China’s recent building efforts in the Spratly Islands. The collection of exclusive photographs includes coverage of […]

Beijing to deploy live fish carrier to South China Sea

China is planning to deploy a live fish carrier to Mischief Reef in the South China Sea’s disputed Spratly Islands, according to the Beijing-based China Science Daily. The news comes just months after China removed the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil platform from waters near the disputed Paracel islands, which had given rise to widespread protests […]

Jakarta rejects China’s ‘nine-dash line’

In a significant policy shift, Indonesian officials on March 12 announced that China’s nine-dash line map outlining its claims in the South China Sea overlaps with Indonesia’s Riau province, which includes the Natuna Island chain. For over two decades, Indonesia has positioned itself as an independent mediator in the South China Sea disputes between its […]

Study: Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Committee Hearing on China’s Maritime Disputes in the East and South China Seas

Peter A. Dutton Professor and Director China Maritime Studies Institute U.S. Naval War College This testimony reflects the personal views of the author and not the official views of the U.S. Navy or any other entity of the U.S. Government. Questions presented: What are the origins of China’s territorial claims in the East and South […]

Chinese navy launches new patrol route in the S. China Sea

After fortifying its naval outposts in the South China Sea, China has established a maritime surveillance patrol route that covers practically all disputed reefs, shoals and islets in the sea, even those within 85 nautical miles of the Philippines’ westernmost island province of Palawan, a classified military report seen Monday by Kyodo News says. The […]