Tag Archives: Natural Resources

South China Sea: the far-reaching consequences of island-building

WASHINGTON – What has been largely overlooked in the conversation to date around China’s campaign of dredging and construction in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea is the necessary synthesis between the geopolitical and environmental aspects of the issue. In recent months, U.S. Navy patrols in the South China Sea and denouncements […]

The Cost to Doing Nothing in the South China Sea

President Obama’s visit to the Philippines this week will train a spotlight on the fiercely contested South China Sea. Both he and his hosts will likely call on China and other claimants to maintain the status quo in the region until their various differences can be resolved. Yet while that may be the best one […]

South China Sea tensions deter oil exploration

An energy analyst said exploring for oil and gas near disputed islands in the South China Sea is too much of a gamble for international energy companies because of the tensions in the region and unconfirmed estimates of the size of the oil and gas deposits. China has been reclaiming land and building port and […]

‘Gas in WPS can energize entire PH’

The natural gas resources on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) are so vast that the fuel there can energize the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao grids for at least 20 years, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers’ Association (LPG-MA) said on Sunday. “This is one of the compelling reasons why we have to secure our […]

A Hole in the U.S. Approach to Beijing on South China Sea

America tackles China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea from a legal angle, but the law it refers to is one the U.S. itself isn’t a party to. As Andrew Browne writes in this week’s China’s World column: In the contest for control over the South China Sea and its natural resources, China always has […]