Reported Facts on the Ground and on the Waters

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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

Taiwan’s Minister of the Interior Visits Itu Aba, Reasserts Taiwan’s Sovereignty

Compiled by Rosa Tran 18 August 2016 On 16 August, Taiwan’s Minister of the Interior Yeh Jiunn-rong led a team of officials and researchers to Itu Aba Island in an attempt to reaffirm its sovereignty over the largest naturally formed feature in the Spratly Islands, according to Taiwan Today. “As President Tsai Ing-wen stated during … Continue reading

China Steps Up Naval Presence Near Key Disputed Island

By Bill Gertz/The Washington Free Beacon 11 August 2016 China is building up maritime security forces around a key disputed island in the South China Sea that the Pentagon has warned China not to militarize. According to Pentagon officials, the number of Chinese maritime security vessels near Scarborough Shoal, in the Spratly Islands, has risen … Continue reading

Western Officials Say Vietnam Moves New Rocket Launchers into Disputed S.China Sea, Vietnam Denies

By Reuters 10 August 2016 Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers … Continue reading

New Photos Cast Doubt on China’s Vow Not to Militarize Disputed Islands

By The New York Times, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative 8 August 2016 When President Xi Jinping of China visited President Obama at the White House last September, he startled many with reassuring words about his intentions for the Spratly Islands, a contested area where the Chinese government has been piling dredged sand and concrete atop reefs … Continue reading

NanHaiShu: RATing the South China Sea

By F-Secure Labs July 2016 SUMMARY This whitepaper details a malicious program we identify as NanHaiShu. Based on our analysis, the threat actor behind this malware targets government and private-sector organizations. Notable targets of the malware include the Department of Justice of the Philippines, the organizers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and a major … Continue reading

The Philippine Coast Guard Deploys Another Vessel to the South China Sea

6 August 2016 The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has deployed another vessel to conduct routine patrol near Scarborough Shoal, according to a Philippine Star’s report. PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said that aside from the 56-meter BRP Pampanga, the 35-meter BRP Nueva Vizcaya would join the patrol in the disputed waters. BRP Pampanga … Continue reading

USS Harpers Ferry Completes South China Sea Patrol

The dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) conducted a transit through the South China Sea on 4 August, according to a report on the official website of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. “All watch standers were vigilant in their duties throughout the night, ensuring timely effective reports to the pilothouse and CIC [combat … 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’s H-6K Bombers and Jet Fighters “Inspect” the South China Sea

6 August 2016 Chinese Air Force aircraft, including several H-6 bombers and Su-30, have inspected the airspace around the Nansha and Huangyan islands in the South China Sea, Senior Colonel Shen Jinke of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force said, according to Xinhua News Agency. The flight is part of actual combat training to … Continue reading

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