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Taiwan to spend US$100m on work at disputed Spratlys

Motorboats anchor at an isle of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which is claimed by China in almost its entirety. Photos: Reuters

Taiwan plans to spend more than US$100 million to build a dock big enough for warships in the disputed Spratly islands, a legislator said Thursday, as other claimants strengthen their regional military presence.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 9:29pm 1 comment

Taiwan stages live-fire exercises in hotly contested Spratly Island chain

A Taiwanese soldier fires during an exercise on Taiping. Photo: AFP

Taiwan's coastguard said yesterday that Taipei had staged a live-fire drill within a hotly contested island chain in the South China Sea, in a move that risks stoking regional tensions. More than 2,000 rounds of ammunition were fired by garrison forces on Taiwan-administered Taiping, the largest of the Spratly Islands, Wang Chin-wang, chief of the Coast Guard Administration, told parliament.

23 Apr 2013 - 2:22am

Taiwan plans to expand pier in disputed islands

The runway built by Taiwan on Taiping Island, largest of the Spratly Islands. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration has budgeted NT$19 million (US$640,000) to evaluate the project, which is part of its efforts to boost defence capabilities in the disputed area this year.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:55pm 1 comment

Spratly Islands dispute defines China-Vietnam relations 25 years after naval clash

Vietnam's flag flies over the fortified Da Tay Island in the Spratlys archipelago. It is 25 years since China and Vietnam clashed over the islands, but the issue remains central to Beijing-Hanoi relations. Photo: Reuters

The 25th anniversary this past week of the naval clash between China and Vietnam in the Spratly Islands is not merely cause to reflect on history; it speaks to one of the more disturbing contingencies in the South China Sea now exercising minds in the region.

17 Mar 2013 - 6:05am

Protest in Vietnam marks anniversary of clash with China at Spratly Islands

Anti-China protesters shout anti-China slogans during a flower-laying ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1988 naval battle between China and Vietnam near Spratly reefs, in Hanoi. Photo: Reuters

China and Vietnam have been locked in long-standing territorial disputes over the Spratlys, also known as the Nansha Islands, and often trade diplomatic barbs over oil exploration and fishing rights in the contested waters.

15 Mar 2013 - 2:54am

Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle

Vietnamese protesters shout anti-China slogans during a flower-laying ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1988 naval battle between China and Vietnam near Spratly reefs. Photo: Reuters

Activists in Hanoi chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers on Thursday at a protest marking the anniversary of a battle over the contested Spratly Islands in which 64 Vietnamese soldiers died.

14 Mar 2013 - 3:47pm

Japan to give patrol boats to Manila amid China tensions

A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship (left) shoots water at a fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists near the Diaoyu Islands last month. Photo: Reuters

Japan plans to donate patrol boats costing US$11 million each to the Philippines, ramping up regional efforts to monitor China’s maritime activity in disputed waters, a newspaper said on Monday.

The Japanese government plans to finance the deal in its fiscal this year budget starting in April and hopes to officially sign it early next year, the Nikkei business daily reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Long way to joint Asean claim on Spratly Islands

Motorboats anchor at an isle of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which is claimed by China in almost its entirety. Photos: Reuters

Raking over the embers of a volatile year between Asean and China over South China Sea disputes, it is clear a few at least still flicker with life. Among them is the prospect of talks among Asean's four rival claimants to the Spratly archipelago - Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam - to settle their own positions.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

China decries attempts to 'read too much into' passport map

Disputed islands and territorial waters appear on a map of China that includes the South China Sea, printed in new Chinese passports. Photo: EPA

China said on Wednesday that people should not read too much into the placement of a new map in its passports that depicts claims to disputed maritime territory.

28 Nov 2012 - 8:16pm 2 comments

US to raise passports row with China, calling it 'unhelpful'

Signs at a passport office in Beijing announce new editions will be issued. Photo: AP

The United States plans to raise controversial new Chinese passports with Beijing, saying the documents featuring a map laying claim to disputed islands, were not helpful.

“We do have concerns about this map, which is causing tension and anxiety between and among the states in the South China Sea,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Asia's fishermen in middle of South China Sea row

Fishing vessels prepare to leave from Ly Son Island to fish in waters off the disputed Paracel and Spratly islands. Photo: AFP

When gun-toting Chinese guards spotted Tran Hien's unarmed wooden fishing boat in disputed waters, they seized his vessel, detained his crew and threw him in jail.

For generations the Vietnamese islanders of Ly Son have braved typhoons and other dangers to bring home fish, but now they also have to contend with patrols sent by Beijing to assert its territorial claims.

3 Nov 2012 - 4:07am

No major troop escalation in Spratlys, Philippines says

The Philippine military said it had sent fewer than 100 Marines to help guard disputed South China Sea islands, while emphasising it had no plans for a major troop build-up in the area.

Lieutenant General Juancho Sabban, head of the military’s western command which has jurisdiction over the area, said the soldiers arrived on Palawan island facing the South China Sea last Friday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Philippines sends marines to Palawan to defend Spratly Islands

Garrison head Juancho Sabban leads an island tour. Photo: AFP

The Philippines has deployed 800 marines and opened new headquarters to guard its interests in the disputed Spratly islands, which China also claims, a senior military official said yesterday.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Philippines sends more troops to guard disputed Spratly islands

Lieutenant General Juancho Sabban (right) and Philippine politicians on a Spratly island last year. Photo: AFP

The Philippines has deployed 800 more marines and opened a new headquarters to guard its interests in the disputed Spratlys islands, which China also claims, a senior military official said on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Xi Jinping uses tougher tone on South China Sea disputes at Asean meeting

Vice-President Xi Jinping at the China-Asean Expo. Photo: Xinhua

Vice-President Xi Jinping told Asean leaders yesterday that China wanted "friendly" talks to resolve territorial disputes but would stand firm on issues of sovereignty.

22 Sep 2012 - 1:22pm 2 comments

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