China to build supply dock in disputed sea

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BEIJING—China’s government said Thursday that it has approved a provincial proposal to build a supply dock in the South China Sea, where Beijing is beefing up its claims of sovereignty amid territorial disputes with five other governments.

The State Oceanic Administration said in a statement that it had “in principle” agreed to a proposal by southernmost Hainan province to build the dock over more than 3.3 square kilometers (1.3 square miles) of sea space off Jinqing island to service Chinese tourism and fishing activities in the South China Sea. Jinqing is part of the disputed Paracel Islands, and the move could further raise tensions with rival claimant Vietnam.

A separate proposal to build another comprehensive supply dock in the South China Sea is under consideration, the administration’s three-sentence statement said, without elaborating.

Hainan Vice Governor Tan Li said earlier this week that he is determined to start tourism development in the Paracel Islands this year.

China ejected forces of the former South Vietnam from the Paracels in 1974, but Vietnam claims the islands as part of its territory and protested China’s plans to develop tourism there in 2009.

The Paracels are among 200 islands, reefs and coral outcrops in the South China Sea that have been claimed in all or in part by China, Vietnam and four other governments for their potential oil and gas deposits, rich fishing grounds and proximity to busy commercial sea lanes. The other claimants are the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

Also on Thursday, the Philippines said China violated a 2002 nonaggression pact when Chinese government ships prevented Filipino authorities from arresting Chinese fishermen who allegedly intruded into a disputed shoal in the South China Sea this month.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said in Manila that China’s aggressive actions at Scarborough Shoal, including an order by its ships for Filipino vessels to leave the area, violated the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

The accord, signed between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, discourages aggressive acts that might spark clashes in the disputed South China Sea.

Del Rosario said Manila would consider any Asean offer to intercede to end the shoal dispute, which began April 10.

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  • neverwint3r

    since it’s beginning to appear like china has hostile intentions against  claimants like the philippines we should also beef up our garrisons in the spratlys and build more fortifications.. dapat bantayan ,abuti yan, traydor itong mga intsik na ito, malingat ka lang saglit, kung ano ano na pala ginagawa nilang kabalastugan.

    • lastduckstanding

      Have the Chinese finance these said garrisons

  • bob41252

    this insek will not abide by any agreement so what is the dfa waiting for, lets go to the itlos and get the support of the un if the insek will not abide by the decision of itlos.
    the only law this insek know is the ‘law of military power’ and the ‘law of economic might’, period.
    i have an idea, lets put corona at the itlos so he can railroad the decision, issue a tro on the insek, lets do this fast, call him back from his vacation.
    going back, once the insek start building their structures, they gain an advantage. 

  • joeldcndcn

    WELL, LET THE PH NAVY DIVERS SET EXPLOSIVES ON THIS DOCK, IS THAT A PROBLEM; LET THESE COMMUNISTS KNOW THAT THEY DON’T OWN THE WORLD, BUT THOSE “PIRATED” GOODS, HE, HE, HE!

  • staad

    i told you same tactic as what they did in Tibet.

    1. make claims
    2. populate (current stage)
    3. then later blitzkrieg invasion and overwhelming force.

    the philippine government should continue talking with them, but should now talk to the UN and the US and the EU. we know where we are going next. from fishing vessels it will become war vessels. its time to act ! now !. there are many collaborators in the government under china’s payroll so be wary.

  • cycloneblurr

     As I am praying for the land of my birth, The Philippines, I would like to ask you to read and share my posting so that it can spread to many and bring international understanding to what is currently happening in this region of South East Asia.

    The Philippines and China are presently involved in a naval stand-off for the control of Scarborough Shoal.  Both countries have claims to these rocks and these claims are in competition with one another.  The Philippines has already invited China to take the matter to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for a fair arbitration but China would not agree to it.  Settling this issue bilaterally, between a third-world country and an emerging if not already a superpower would not necessarily result to a fair resolution.

    It is comforting to know that I have found a good suggestion from an inspirational leader known internationally.  I take his words from a powerful speech and quote, “Since numerous Third World countries and people were able to achieve political independence through protracted struggle, certainly they will also be able, on this basis, to bring about through sustained struggle a thorough change in the international economic relations which are based on inequality, control and exploitation and thus create essential conditions for the independent development of their national economy by strengthening their unity and allying themselves with other countries subjected to superpower bullying as well as with the people of the whole world, including the people of the United States and the Soviet Union.”

    This inspirational leader that I have quoted above, has transformed his country from a third world status into an emerging superpower that she is now, is none other than Deng Xiaoping.  Towards the end of the same speech that he delivered on the 10th of April 1974 at the Special Session of the U.N. General Assembly he mentioned this ensuring words: “If one day China should change her colour and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialism, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.”

    My friends, please help us to expose and oppose China’s bullying of The Philippines.  Thank you and God bless.

  • tvnatinto

    so alam nyo na kung saan hulaan nyo

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