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'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'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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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