Maritime Militia in the South China Sea

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China’s Third Sea Force, The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia: Tethered to the PLA

Authors: Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson China Maritime Report 1 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, March 2017) Summary Amid growing awareness that China’s Maritime Militia acts as a Third Sea Force which has been involved in international sea incidents, it is necessary for decision-makers who may face such contingencies to … Continue reading

Fishing, Not Oil, Is at The Heart of The South China Sea Dispute

Authors: Clive Schofield, Rashid Sumaila, William Cheung The Conversation, 16 August 2016 — Abstract: Contrary to the view that the South China Sea disputes are driven by a regional hunger for seabed energy resources, the real and immediate prizes at stake are the region’s fisheries and marine environments that support them. It is also through the fisheries dimensions … Continue reading

Japan Coast Guard Releases Video Showing Chinese Intrusions into Waters near Senkakus

Reported by Reiji Yoshida The Japan Times News, 16 August 2016 In an apparent move to draw international attention to China flexing its maritime muscles in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard has released a four-minute video showing numerous Chinese vessels from earlier this month advancing near the Senkaku Islands. From Aug. 5 through … Continue reading

Unprecedented Swarm of 230 Chinese Vessels Enter Waters Near Senkakus

By Kyodo 6 August 2016 Tokyo lodged a protest with China on Saturday after spotting an unprecedented 230 Chinese vessels swarming waters near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said. The roughly 230 fishing boats and six China Coast Guard vessels were confirmed in a contiguous zone near the … Continue reading

China Opens Large Fishing Port to ‘Safeguard’ South China Sea Claims

By J. Michael Cole The News Lens International, 2 August 2016 A new port facility in Hainan could serve as a base for China’s ‘maritime militias’ in the disputed South China Sea. China on Monday officially opened a new fishing port at Yazhou, Hainan Province, to host fishing vessels operating in the disputed South China Sea. … Continue reading

Increased Chinese Activities Seen in the Spratly Waters: Vietnamese Fishermen

Vietnamese fishermen said the number of Chinese vessels off Spratly Islands has increased significantly since late 2013, according to a report by Vietnam’s state media Thanh Nien. Tran Quang Pho, the 43-year-old captain of a fishing boat in Binh Thuan told Thanh Nien that the number of Chinese vessels, especially armored fishing boats, increased dramatically … Continue reading

China Using Fishing Fleets to Expand Maritime Claims: US Official

By Today Online, AFP 23 June 2016 China is using its fishing fleets with armed escorts to bolster maritime claims in disputed territory, a senior United States’ State Department official warned yesterday, calling China’s behaviour “disturbing”. “I think it’s a disturbing trend to see Chinese fishing vessels accompanied by coast guard vessels, used in a … Continue reading

Fishermen: Beijing’s Front Line in the South China Sea

By Stratfor, 17 June 2016 Over the past four decades, China has gradually abandoned its self-imposed isolation in favor of deep ties with global markets. Though the approach has pushed the Chinese economy to new heights, it has also made the country’s supply lines more vulnerable, a reality to which the Chinese military has had to … Continue reading

Calm Before the Storm over the Spratlys

On-the-ground report by Mai Thanh Hai Thanh Nien, 12 June 2016  Translated by David Ha and Trinh-Don Nguyen At the end of May and early June, the Chinese has not only accelerated the land reclamation and construction on the reefs forcefully seized from Vietnam since 1988, conducted surveillance activities around uninhabited reefs, but also stepped … Continue reading

Shepherds of the South Seas

Shepherds of the South Seas Ryan D. Martinson Survival 24 May 2016 Citation: Ryan D. Martinson (2016) Shepherds of the South Seas, Survival, 58:3, 187-212, DOI: 10.1080/00396338.2016.1186987   On 21 July 2014, a Chinese law-enforcement ship, YZ 32501, arrived at its home port in Nantong, Jiangsu. As its crew disembarked, they were received by a … Continue reading

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