For the first time, the United States called on China to remove missiles it has deployed on three fortified outposts it built in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. All such islands are owned by the Philippines as ruled by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
Category: Territorial dispute
In spite of President Rodrigo Duterte’s refusal to implement the arbitral tribunal’s award that invalidated China’s massive claims in the South China Sea, the world’s naval powers are doing their part to enforce it, Supreme Court acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said.
The United States “has had lots of experience” in “taking down small islands” in the Pacific region, a senior US military official said as the Pentagon ratcheted up rhetoric over China’s militarization of islands and reefs in the contested South China Sea (also known as West Philippine Sea).
The Philippines is now within reach of China’s nuclear strike-capable bomber after the Chinese military demonstrated that it could operate from artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea aka South China Sea (SCS).
Chinese forces recently installed surface-to-air missile systems (SAMS) on three Philippine-claimed reefs in the West Philippine Sea, otherwise known as South China Sea.
In an article posted by The Society of Honor, Joe America expressed disagreement in giving up the West Philippine Sea to China. He quoted Philippine President Duterte who said: “They are so big and strong and we are small and poor. We can’t send Filipinos to war. They’d be slaughtered!”
China has conducted large-scale naval exercises with “a large show of force” off Hainan Island in the South China Sea, Reuters reported.
ON BOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, South China Sea — As fighter jets streaked overhead, a U.S. aircraft carrier sailed through the South China Sea in the latest display of America’s military might after China built a string of islands with military facilities to assert its claims in the strategic waters, sparking regional alarm.
The fifth annual China-Russia naval drill started last September 12, featuring stalwarts from both navies in action at the waters of Zhanjiang, in Guangdong province, the HQ of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Nanhai Fleet.
With the signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between the U.S. and India, U.S. President Barack Obama achieved a key part of his “Pivot to Asia” strategy. Indeed, it is a major accomplishment considering that the U.S. had been negotiating such an agreement for the past 12 years.
Satellite photos show China making progress on construction of at least two dozen concrete hangars suitable for housing Chinese air force planes, including strategic bombers and in-flight refuelers, on disputed islands in the South China Sea.
If the world thinks that after the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on the territorial disputes between the Philippines and China, conflict in the region or a possible war will be farfetched, think again.