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Nautical Security Review Day Archive| Paracel Islands
The rumbling in the South China Sea is on. Sino-South Sea: Peking attacks'irresponsible' US commentary China has denounced as'irresponsible' US commentary that it intimidates its neighbors with its army..... Bomber for Paracels. Sino-South Sea: This is the first year that China has seen bomber planes land on controversial waters of the South China Sea, his Luftwaffe said.....
U. S. S. Chafee undertakes a cruise of Paracels.... U.S. military vessel sailing near Beijing islands claimed in the South China Sea - U.S. official WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. naval destroyer sailing near islands.... There are also light houses for the Paracel Islands. A China office is designing a modern emergency response vessel in the South China Sea.....
The tension between China and Vietnam continues. The China Coast Guard plunders Flemish fishermen' s ship A Flemish fishermen' s ship was said to have been attacked by a Chinese coast guard ship off the Hoang Sa..... The Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh has reaffirmed Vietnam's determination to protect its independence and the Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Vinh has reaffirmed Vietnam's determination to do so?
There is a certain danger of the Vietnames shipwreck in controversial seas being mentioned by Euan McKirdy, CNN Da Nang, Vietnam (CNN) -- If..... By next months, China is to carry out tourist crossings to a series of controversial islands in the South China Sea.
The controversial Paracel Islands open in China... Infatuated by submarine reserves and the weak competition in the Paracel Islands, China started a marine campaign to conquer the controversial artic.
New work begins on the controversial South China Sea Isle
Local war attachés and specialists believe that China's work shows its commitment to building its reef and islet networks, even if it tries to prevent a new clash with the new government of US President Donald Trump. A picture taken on 6 March of North Island in the Paracels Group shows recent work, which includes the clearance of lands and the possible preparations for a port to assist possible naval facilities.
Images provided by the privately owned Planet Labs company followed January coverage showing work on near-by Tree Island and other characteristics of the Paracels, which are also used by Vietnam and Taiwan. Diplomates informed of the latest estimates by West Secret Service say Beijing is making an effort to domineer its naval "backyard", even if it optimizes the time of steps to prevent open provocation.
"Paracels will be crucial to any prospective China effort to rule the Southern China Sea," said Carl Thayer, Southern China Sea Specialist at the Australian Defence Force Academy. More controversial Spratlys archipelagos in the southern hemisphere are better known, but the Paracels are the keys to China's present in the Southern China Sea, China has in recent years provisionally stationed surface-to-air rocket launchers and crackjet combat aircraft on long-established Woody Island base on the Paracels, which help to conserve its atomic submarines on Hainan Island.
The North Island is part of a reef arch that is thought to provide a shield for woody, including civil installations and a bugging outpost. Lingnan University's Hong Kong land safety specialist Zhang Baohui said he believes that China has long pursued the objectives of reinforcing its Paracels institutions and that the Trump government would not overreact to other urgent priority issues.
"There is also insecurity among this young Trump government, but this is a very important work for the people of China.... the Paracels are important for the defense of Hainan, which in turn is important for China's nuke deterrence," he said. Chinaýs Defense Ministry said it was "not familiar" with any work on the North Island. "It must be emphasized that the Xisha Islands are China's indigenous territory," he said, using the name of China for the Paracels.
In 1974, China completely invaded the Paracels after supplanting the navies of then South Vietnam. As Rex Tillerson is preparing for his first trip to the area as US Secretary of State later this weekend, there will be reports of new activities in China. In Beijing, Tillerson raised the alert when he said in January that China should not have entry to the islands it has constructed in the South China Sea.
One US officer, who spoke on an anonymous basis, was not able to approve new building work on the North Island, but said it would not be outrageous. Diplomacy in Beijing says China is not looking for a clash with the United States over the South China Sea, indicating China's cautious response to a US air force strikers' patrolling the seas last northwest.
It has recently tried to present itself as reconciliatory about the controversial waterways by saying that it and the South East Asia countries are working for a peace settlement. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said last weeks that the outline of a South China Sea Customs Policy has now been finalised and tension has been "significantly reduced".