land reclamation

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Joint Statement of Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

Source: Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs  7 August 2017 The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Taro Kono, and the Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, met in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, 2017, for the 7th ministerial meeting of the Trilateral Strategic … Continue reading

Full Text of Joint Communiqué of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Compiled by Hue Viet 7 August 2017 The Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met on Saturday, 5 August 2017 at the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Manila, Philippines, under the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”. The release of their joint communiqué, however, was reported delayed until … Continue reading

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

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

Grappling with the Fait Accompli: A Classical Tactic in the Modern Strategic Landscape

By Van Jackson War on the Rocks, 31 May 2016  Good scholarship doesn’t need to fit within a 2×2 matrix, but it sure helps make sense of things when it does. It’s in this spirit of conceptual clarity that I developed the diagram below depicting variations in the fait accompli, an age-old but underappreciated tactic … Continue reading

China and Vietnam: Land Reclamation Comparison

By Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative China has sought to deflect criticism of its island building in the South China Sea by accusing other claimants, especially Vietnam, of doing the same. AMTI has examined each of the islets and reefs Vietnam occupies in the Spratly Islands and found evidence of reclamation at 10 of them. The … Continue reading

Halt reef destruction in South China Sea

Author:  Elizabeth M. P. Madin Nature Correspondence, Nature Volume 524, p. 291 (20 August 2015) China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea has raised geopolitical concerns (see go.nature.com/tmrpih). It is also destroying coral reefs on a large scale — together with their fragile ecosystems. This loss of reef habitat is estimated from high-resolution satellite imagery … Continue reading

Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs

Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs Camilo Mora, Iain R. Caldwell, Charles Birkeland, John W. McManus PLoS Biology March 31, 2016 Citation: Mora C, Caldwell IR, Birkeland C, McManus JW (2016) Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs. PLoS Biol 14(3): e1002422. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002422   Abstract Coral reefs on remote islands and … Continue reading

Networked Transparency: Constructing a Common Operational Picture of the South China Sea

Authors: Dr. Van Jackson, Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper, Paul Scharre, Harry Krejsa, and Commander Jeff Chism Center for a New American Security I. Introduction The South China Sea is strategically important and resource-rich, crucial to the lifeblood of U.S. and Indo-Pacific economies. Roughly one-third, or $5 billion, of the world’s commercial shipping passes through its waterways annually. … Continue reading

What is China doing in the South China Sea?

What is China doing in the South China Sea? Leszek Buszynski Australian Outlook China’s militarisation of its claims in the South China Sea are an attempt  to force ASEAN claimants into negotiating a resolution on Chinese terms and not according to international law, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and … Continue reading

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