China Outlines Plan for Military Buildup on Disputed Island

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Website reveals future warship deployment to Philippines’ Scarborough Shoal

China’s plan for a new military buildup on a disputed island near the Philippines shows the future deployment of Chinese warships close to where U.S. naval forces will be stationed in the future.

Details of the militarization plan for Scarborough Shoal in the Spratly Islands were obtained by U.S. intelligence agencies over the last several months, according to defense officials. Continue reading

US can’t uproot China in South China Sea, retired PLA general says

A hawkish retired PLA general has questioned the US’ ability to counter China’s defensive posture in the South China Sea and echoed Beijing’s claim it had the right to establish an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the disputed waters.

“Hasn’t the US already deployed almost all of its advanced weapons in the South China Sea? Did it work? Can the US remove the islands China built there?”Luo Yuan wrote in an article published by China Youth Daily on Thursday. “Can the US destroy the self-defence weapons China deployed on the islands?” Continue reading

Chinese media: military must be ready to counter US in South China Sea

This is one of the more blatant threats from China to the United States in recent years. When reading this article, keep in mind the following previous warnings of war from China:

War Is Not Far from Us and Is the Midwife of the Chinese Century — Leading CCP official argues for exterminating U.S. population

China’s Military Threatens America: ‘We Will Hurt You’

China’s leader is telling the People’s Liberation Army to prepare for war

 

Editorial in Global Times, which is close to Communist rulers, condemns Washington’s ‘ceaseless provocations and coercion’

Chinese media criticised the US on Thursday for “ceaseless provocations” in the South China Sea, with Washington expected to soon send warships close to artificial islands Beijing has built in disputed waters.

An editorial in the Global Times, which is close to China’s ruling Communist party, condemned US “coercion”, adding: “China mustn’t tolerate rampant US violations of China’s adjacent waters and the skies over those expanding islands.”

It said China’s military should “be ready to launch countermeasures according to Washington’s level of provocation”. Continue reading

Two lighthouses in Spratlys solidify China’s territorial stake

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Huayang Lighthouse. (Photo/Xinhua)

 

China’s Ministry of Transport held a completion ceremony for the construction of the Huayang and Chigua Lighthouses on Huayang Reef, built on disputed Nansha (Spratly) island territory. The ceremony has marked the start of the operation of the two lighthouses.

The two lighthouses, as the first civil aids to navigation in Nansha waters, will greatly improve navigational conditions and reduce navigational risks and accidents by providing route guidance, safety information and emergency rescue and other public services to passing vessels, according to an official government statement. Continue reading

Beijing to use floating docks for S China Sea reclamation: report

An official from the China Ship Scientific Research Center under China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation told the weekly at the Shiptec China 2014 exhibition in Dalian that Beijing is developing multifunctional floating docks for deployment to the Paracel and Spratly islands in the South China Sea. He said the docks will be manufactured in China and transported to the islands for final assembly. Continue reading

Japan builds two cutters to defend Diaoyutai as Abe seeks Xi meeting

Japan launched two 1,500-ton cutters last month that will be deployed in late October to defend the country’s administration of the disputed Diaoyutai (Senkaku or Diaoyu) islands, at a time when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking an official meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping during the APEC summit in Beijing next month, according to the Tokyo-based Asahi Shimbun. Continue reading

How China’s Enormous Fishing Fleet Is Being Used As a Surrogate Navy

But it’s not just about keeping Chinese bellies full. According to an excellent in-depth report from Reuters, Beijing is increasingly equipping fishing boats with geolocation devices, filling them up with subsidized fuel, and dispatching them to the disputed waters of the South China Sea, where they are clashing with rival fishermen from Vietnam and the Philippines. Continue reading

China unveils coast guard to manage ‘sea conflicts’

China’s new unified coast guard agency has gone into operation, state media reported yesterday amid maritime disputes with its neighbours, and experts said more ships will be armed as a result.

The China Coast Guard integrates the functions of marine surveillance, the existing coast guard which came under the police, fisheries law enforcement and Customs’ anti-smuggling maritime police. Continue reading