Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tensions On The South China Sea Are Rising Over Reports That China Is Building A New Island Near The Philippines

Bill Gertz, National Interest: Is China Getting Ready to Build a New Military Base in the South China Sea?

Photos of Chinese ships deployed near a key disputed reef in the South China Sea surfaced over the weekend as U.S. and Chinese leaders met at the Group of 20 nations summit and discussed maritime disputes.

The Philippines Defense Ministry published photos of 11 Chinese ships near Scarborough Shoal that include vessels that some reports indicated appear designed for dredging operations – a key indicator Beijing is ignoring U.S. and international calls for a halt to island-building on disputed reefs and islands.

A Pentagon official confirmed that the Chinese have stepped up the number of ships and maritime patrol craft in the vicinity of Scarborough – a large reef claimed by China and Philippines and close to Subic Bay where U.S. warships will be deployed in the future in support of an upgraded Washington-Manila defense pact. But the official said it could not confirm Philippines reports they included dredging ships.

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More News On The Growing Tensions In The South China Sea

Philippines broadens claims of Chinese reach into disputed South China Sea -- Washington Post
Philippines in Talks on China Boats Near Disputed South China Sea Shoal -- Bloomberg
Filipino Pictures Show China in South China Sea -- AP
Despite Washington's Warning, New Chinese Vessels Spotted In South China Sea -- NDTV
Philippines worried about more than usual Chinese vessels near disputed island in South China Sea -- IBTimes
Tensions over South China Sea belie summit cordiality -- Reuters
South China Sea Tensions Persist at ASEAN -- VOA
Q+A on Scarborough Shoal, a flashpoint in South China Sea -- AFP

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