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China’s Big Three in the Spratlys Near Completion

By AMTI Updated 29 June 2017 New imagery shows that while China is keeping attention focused on its negotiations with Southeast Asian countries over basic principles to manage the South China Sea disputes, its construction of military and dual-use facilities on the Spratly Islands continues. New missile shelters, radar/communications facilities, and other infrastructure are going … Continue reading

Chinese Navy Seizes U.S. Oceanographic Glider in the South China Sea

Compiled by South China Sea News team 17 December 2016 On 15 December, a Chinese naval ship seized a research glider launched by a U.S. Navy’s USNS Bowditch oceanographic ship working in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said. The incident occurred about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay. The following is a compilation … 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

Latest Satellite Imagery Suggests Philippine Fishermen Still Not Entering Scarborough Shoal

Author: AMTI 29 October 2016 Despite earlier reports, it appears that Filipino fishermen are still not fishing inside Scarborough Shoal. New imagery from October 29 showed a China Coast Guard (CCG) vessel anchored just inside the mouth of the lagoon, where it has been for most of the period since China seized the shoal in … Continue reading

South China Sea: What Exactly Has Changed At Scarborough Shoal?

Author: Ankit Panda The Diplomat, 1st November 2016 Scarborough Shoal remains under the watch of the China Coast Guard, but Philippine fishermen have access once again. Last week, following accounts by fishermen, the Philippines’ defense secretary, Delfin Lorenzana, confirmed that Filipino fisherman had access to Scarborough Shoal. “Since three days ago there are no longer Chinese ships, … Continue reading

China Tightens Grip on Scarborough Shoal Post-Ruling

By AMTI 27 October 2016 Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s recent trip to Beijing yielded a number of agreements, including a vaguely-worded commitment to peacefully resolve the South China Sea disputes. But there was no public breakthrough on one closely-watched topic: the ability of Filipino fishermen to return to Scarborough Shoal. An international tribunal ruled on … Continue reading

Filipino Fishermen Reportedly Harassed by Chinese Ships Near Scarborough Shoal

Compiled by Rosa Tran 27 September 2016 Filipino fishermen were reportedly harassed by Chinese Coast Guard in Scarborough Shoal recently despite a ruling in July by an arbitration tribunal granting access to Filipinos who traditionally fish there and calls by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for China to allow fishing in the area. In a report submitted … Continue reading

Chinese Coast Guard Blocks Filipino Fishermen Again from Scarborough Shoal

GMA News Online 9 September 2016 The Chinese coast guard has blocked Filipino fishermen again from entering Scarborough Shoal, GMA News’ Jiggy Manicad reported on “State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.”. The fishermen on board four fishing vessels said the Coast Guard vessels closed in on them and that they also heard horn signals. They … Continue reading

Philippines Releases Images of Chinese Vessels at Scarborough Shoal

Compiled by Rosa Tran 8 September 2016 The Philippines on September 7 released photos to back its claims that China had secretly begun work to cement control over a crucial shoal in the hotly contested South China Sea. The Philippines said the images showed Chinese ships at the shoal last weekend that were capable of dredging … Continue reading

Philippines Worried, Says More Chinese Boats Spotted at Scarborugh Shoal

Reported by Manuel Mogato Reuters, 4 September 2016 The Philippines expressed “grave concern” on Sunday and demanded an explanation from China’s ambassador over what it said was an increasing number of Chinese boats near the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. A Philippines air force plane flew over the rocky outcrop on Saturday and … Continue reading

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