SCSC - In September 2012, China commissioned the Liaoning aircraft carrier, mostly for naval training purpose. To realize its hegemonic ambition and to become a great naval power, China planned to commission of 3 other aircraft carriers by 2020. China hopes that with a fleet of 4 aircraft carriers, its navy can expand its influence over the Western Pacific.
SCSC - The visit to Truong Sa in 2014 left a lot of emotional feelings for overseas Vietnamese participants. They demonstrated ardent love for the seas and islands of the homeland by poems and songs. Dang The Sang, an overseas Vietnamese living in the Federal Republic of Germany, was one of the participants. I was lucky enough to join the visit and recorded the overwhelming emotional feelings of Mr. Dang The Sang regarding Viet Nam’s land, seas and sky.
SCSC - Chinese spies stole key design information about Australia's new Joint Strike Fighter, according to top secret documents disclosed by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
German magazine Der Spiegel of signals intelligence collected by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and its "Five Eyes" partners, including the Australian Signals Directorate.
The intelligence reveals new details of the directorate's efforts to track and combat Chinese cyber - espionage. [READ MORE]
SCSC - From the air, the Spratly Islands, a cluster of miniature rocks and sandbars 425,000 kilometres square in the middle of the South China Sea, are almost imperceptible. Even up close, the Spratlys do not look like much – a few islands have tiny rocky beaches or occasional makeshift buildings.
A tiny contingent of Filipino marines camps on a rusty hulk of an American ship from the Second World War grounded in the Spratlys. [READ MORE]
SCSC - In the past decade and a half, despite some ups and downs, economic and then political relations between Taiwan and mainland China have gone from strength to strength. The election of Chen Shui - bian as President of Taiwan in 2000 saw a period in which political relations were tense, even though trade shares multiplied rapidly. Chen was pro - Taiwan independence.
The turning point came when Chen, nonetheless, lifted the ban on direct trade with the mainland in 2001 and with Taiwan’s and China’s accession to the WTO at the end of 2001. [READ MORE]
SCSC - As part of a broader project of land reclamation, beginning in November China started efforts to develop Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands. As of late November the reef had been built up to 3,000 meters long and between two and three hundred wide. This makes it large enough, in the assessment of analysts with IHS Jane’s and the US - China Economic and Security Review Commission, to argue that China’s first airstrip in the Spratly Islands might be under development.
China already has a growing airfield on Woody Island in the Paracels a several hundred miles north, and this would not be the first airstrip in the Spratly Islands; Taiwan, the Philippines, and Malaysia all have airstrips of their own. If a runway is truly planned for Fiery Cross Reef, what does this mean for the region’s security environment? [READ MORE]
SCSC - As the U.S. Department of State published the Report No. 143 on the Limits in the Sea to refute the “nine - dashed line” claim, Biendong.net would like to share with the readers the opinions of lawyers, experts and researchers of international studies on the “nine - dashed line” recently.
CHINESE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS CANNOT DENY THE JURISDICTION OF THE ARBITRAL TRIBUNAL OR LAWSUIT
SCSC - On December 7, 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China posted on its website the Position Paper of the Government of the People’s Republic of China on the matter of jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal of the South China Sea Arbitration initiated by the Philippines. In this Paper, China provides arguments to deny the jurisdiction of the Tribunal. However, none of the arguments is new but just the old repetition, thus it cannot deny the jurisdiction of the Arbitration.
SCSC - A new report says piracy is a rising concern for the region.
Asia accounted for around 75 percent of the world’s maritime piracy and robbery incidents in 2014, according to the latest report released by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
According to the IMB’s figures, which were widely reported in media outlets Wednesday, there were 245 actual and attempted acts of piracy worldwide last year, and 183 of those occurred in Asian waters. [READ MORE]
SCSC - The Kachin conflict is a thorn in China’s side as it tries to manage its relations with Myanmar.
The Je Yang refugee camp is crawling with youngsters. Some run down the camp’s main dirt road in stained clothes rolling along old tires while others hang from tree branches or sit in windowsills. The elderly, looking pensive and forlorn, idle crouched in doorways while able - bodied men hammer together the frame of a new house. The air is smoky from cooking fires and near the raised huts squeezed up against the jungle lingers the unmistakable odor of human excrement.
The camp of 8,000 sits just over the border from China’s southwestern Yunnan province, in the town of Laiza, the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). [READ MORE]
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