China ready to launch military power from artificial islands in South China Sea

China has won the first round of its contest for control in the South China Sea by completing construction of an archipelago of artificial islands, say senior Australian sources.
And there is little that will stop China from winning the next round, too, as an indecisive US Administration and allies including Australia struggle to follow through on earlier promises to challenge unlawful Chinese claims with "freedom of navigation" exercises, the sources say. [READ MORE]


SCSC - The South China Sea is extremely significant to China nowadays. The role of the South China Sea to China is as important as that of the Caribbean to the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. So far, the US has become a super power in term of geopolitics after succeeding in controlling the Caribbean area.

The US’ domination over the Caribbean allows it to control the Western Hemisphere. And with its control over the Western Hemisphere, the US can affect the balance of power in the Eastern Hemisphere, where the World Wars and Cold Wars used to break out.

Japan’s defense white paper for the first time criticizes China’s island building in the South China

SCSC - On 21st July 2015, the Defense Ministry of Japan announced the annual defense white paper in which for the first time ever it criticized China’s island building in the South China Sea, accusing it of a “high-handed” action to change the status quo and a threat to the security environment as well as the regional stability[1].

Then what is the reason for Japan’s concern over the Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea? Is it irrational, since Japan is not a claimant, that the country decided to raise its voice in such an important document? Such a move can be explained as follows:

The Phil’ legal proceedings against China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration: Possible rulings

SCSC - From the 7th to 13th July 2015, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague heard two oral hearings in the arbitration instituted by the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China over disputes in the South China Sea.


The Arbitration Tribunal, who was established under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, is in charge of the case. At these two hearings, the Philippines focused presenting their arguments for whether or not the Arbitration Tribunal has jurisdiction to rule the case of the Philippines against China in the South China Sea dispute.

SecDef Carter Tells McCain Chinese Can Come To RIMPAC

In a July 16 letter to Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain, Carter goes to some lengths to avoid offending China, on the one hand, and, on the other, to placate McCain and the committee’s ranking member, John Reed, who don’t want China taking part in RIMPAC 2016.

The two defense lawmakers wrote Carter a May 21 letter about this. In his response to the SASC leaders, Carter says China “is engaging in some conduct that is causing us to respond and to draw closer to the many allies and partners that share our concern.” [READ MORE]

Japan joins U.S.-Philippine humanitarian drills amid China Sea dispute

Japan has joined U.S.-led maritime humanitarian exercises off the Philippines for the first time, as concerns mount among the three allies about China's growing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea.

A Japanese navy replenishment ship was in Subic Bay, a former U.S. naval base, to refuel a U.S. Navy floating hospital en route to Vietnam for the seven-nation humanitarian mission. [READ MORE]

Hegemon: Wargaming the South China Sea

Hegemon is a wickedly interactive multi-player/multi-round geostrategic game devised by the Potomac Foundation. Each player represents a country, fielding certain economic and military resources and possessing (secret) objectives.

Ranged across a gods-eye planetary gameboard, Hegemon is the 'softwar' wild-child born of hardcore videogamers and grizzled defence planners. Don't be fooled by its simplistic initial game conditions; things get tricky, fast. Just as in real life, events build upon themselves like fractals. [READ MORE]

Dredging fleet shores up Beijing’s position in South China Sea and beyond

China's burgeoning dredging fleet adds another piece to the country's 'Swiss Army Knife' of infrastructure developmental tools that are driving its controversial island building in the South China Sea.

Long after the sediment settles in those formerly pristine waters, China's 'Maritime Silk Road' strategy and related economic diplomacy is poised to drive major dredging demand in the form of port construction and channel widening. [READ MORE]


In the early hours of 4 February 1945 two Australian commandos, Alex Chew and Bill Jinkins, paddled away from an American submarine, the USS Pargo, and landed on Woody Island in the Paracels. In the weeks beforehand, American airmen had reported seeing a French tricolour flying on the island and ‘Z Force’ had been tasked to investigate.

Chew and Jinkins discovered there were indeed French people on the island but also Japanese sailors and so retreated to the sub. The Pargo surfaced and shelled the buildings for several minutes. [READ MORE]


When Japan surrendered 70 years ago this month, the United States stood supreme in the Pacific.  Only the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy had surface combatants that could roam freely from the Indian Ocean to the East China Sea and these remained a fraction of the massive “Big Blue Fleet” the U.S. Navy had deployed.

With the exception of Taiwan, parts of the Dutch East Indies, the Japanese archipelago and a smattering of isolated South Pacific atolls, the entire offshore island chain in the Western Pacific was under the control of the United States and its allies. [READ MORE]

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