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Artificial Island Building in the South China Sea

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Viet Nam and the South China Sea’s Roiled Waters

Author: Carlyle A Thayer APPS Policy Forum, 30 January 2017 Shining a spotlight on Vietnam’s militarisation in the Spratlys — Vietnam’s military activities in the South China Sea, while not on the same scale as China’s, pre-date them considerably and are squarely aimed at maintaining a balance of power in the region, Carlyle A Thayer writes. On … Continue reading

South China Sea Strategies: Determining China’s Next Move in the Region

Author: Alexander L. Vuving Indo-Asia-Pacific Defense Forum, Volume 41, Issue 3, 2016: 26-31 Since 2014, the Spratly Islands have remained a large and unique construction site. Workers aboard dozens of Chinese vessels have been cutting coral and dredging sand to turn previously submerged reefs into artificial islands. In less than a year, they created more than … Continue reading

Fiery Cross Reef: Latest Photos and Developments

Compiled by Rosa Tran et al. 18 November 2016 Fiery Cross Reef is known as “Yongshu Jiao” (永暑礁) in China, “Kagitingan Reef” in the Philippines and “Đá Chữ Thập” in Viet Nam. It is a coral reef located at 09° 33′ 00″ N, 112° 53′ 25″ E, to the north of Cuarteron Reef and along the … Continue reading

Island Building in the South China Sea: Detection of Turbidity Plumes and Artificial Islands Using Landsat and MODIS Data

Authors: Brian B. Barnes & Chuanmin Hu Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 33194 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep33194 Abstract The South China Sea is currently in a state of intense geopolitical conflict, with six countries claiming sovereignty over some or all of the area. Recently, several countries have carried out island building projects in the Spratly Islands, converting portions of coral … Continue reading

A Maritime or Continental Order for Southeast Asia and the South China Sea?

Address by Peter Dutton at Chatham House, London, U.K., 16 February 2016 Reprinted in Naval War College Review 69.3 (Summer 2016): 5-13 Since the sixteenth century, Southeast Asia has been open to maritime trade and political engagement, advanced and supported by naval and other military power. Although historical evidence demonstrates that international trade occurred prior to … Continue reading

Assessment of the Potential Environmental Consequences of Construction Activities on Seven Reefs in the Spratly Islands

Expert report of Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian C.A. Ferse, Professor Peter Mumby, PhD and Dr. Selina Ward, PhD For the South China Sea arbitration, April 2016 Executive summary This report reviews the scientific literature, other publicly available documents and information provided by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) with regard to large-scale Chinese construction activities … Continue reading

Testing the Waters: Charting The Evolution of Claims to and From Low-Tide Elevations and Artificial Islands under the Law of the Sea

By Clive Schofield and Richard Schofield Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy 1 (2016) 37-67 Abstract Low-tide elevations [LTEs] and artificial islands have received less attention than islands ‘proper’. The article examines the evolution of the law of the sea applicable to such features, providing a contextual background for controversial contemporary state practice relating to their … Continue reading

Building a Regional Network and Management Regime of Marine Protected Areas in the South China Sea for Sustainable Development

Nguyen Chu Hoi & Vu Hai Dang To cite this article: Nguyen Chu Hoi & Vu Hai Dang (2015) Building a Regional Network and Management Regime of Marine Protected Areas in the South China Sea for Sustainable Development, Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy, 18:2, 128-138, DOI: 10.1080/13880292.2015.1044797 INTRODUCTION The South China Sea (SCS) or … Continue reading

CogitAsia Podcast: How to Build an Artificial Island

By CogitAsia, 27 May 2016 The CogitAsia podcast explores how China is building artificial islands in the South China Sea . Dr. John McManus of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School gives a step by step guide to construction and describes the techniques China has used in building up reefs in the South China Sea. … Continue reading

China’s Construction of Artificial Islands Could Lead to Permanent Ecocide

By Hannah Beech Time, 1 June 2016 Most ecologically harmful is China’s construction of artificial islands, which biologists say could lead to permanent ecocide. From his living room in the Chinese fishing port of Tanmen, Pu Xidong offers up a giant-clam shell for $1,200 — a great deal, he says, for a bivalve that can live … Continue reading

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