Chinese navy sails to disputed islands


BEIJING—China’s increasingly powerful navy paid a symbolic visit to the country’s southernmost territorial claim deep in the South China Sea this week as part of military drills in the disputed Spratly islands involving amphibious landings and aircraft.

The visit to James Shoal, reported by state media, followed several days of drills starting on Saturday and marked a high-profile show of China’s determination to stake its claim to territory disputed by the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei amid rising tensions in the region.

Sailors joined in the ceremony on Tuesday aboard the amphibious ship Jinggangshan just off the collection of submerged rocks, located 80 kilometers off the coast of Malaysia and about 1,800 km from the Chinese mainland, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday.

China planted a monument on the shoal in 2010 declaring it Chinese territory.

Sailors gathered on the ship’s helicopter deck declared their loyalty to the ruling Communist Party and vowed to “struggle arduously to realize the dream of a powerful nation,” Xinhua said.

The four-ship task force is headed next to the Pacific Ocean for deep sea exercises via the Bashi Channel separating Taiwan and the Philippines, Xinhua said.

The exercises and visit to James Shoal did not encroach on any islands where neighboring countries have any substantial presence and drew no immediate response from them, but took place in an area with a complicated patchwork of overlapping claims.

The maneuvers were an important symbolic declaration of Chinese sovereignty intended to show that Beijing will not waver over its territorial claims despite a pushback in the region, said Peking University international relations expert Zhu Feng.

Militarily, it means little since the navy has visited a number of times before and has no intention of basing troops near the remote shoal, he said.

“These recent naval operations can be seen as a strong indication of Chinese resolve, but they’re also a continuation of the existing Chinese stance,” Zhu said.

China is also claiming parts of the Spratly group of islands and Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal from the Philippines, which are well within the latter’s exclusive economic zone.

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  • yoyo

    This lunatic Albert keep talking Spratly as if it were PH’s.
    If that were true, why PH wouldn’t present any legal claim of it to UN, instead just trying to invalidate the Chinese claim ?

    Does this Albert really think that all Chinese fools ?

    • Albert Einstien

      ….still hallucinating from the Anglo-Sino
      OPIUM wars….it’s the BRITISH your true enemy …..they DRUGGED you for
      centuries…that is why you will HALLUCINATE ad infinitum….it’s already in
      your genes & will be there for generations to come………

      • yoyo

        Yes, the British was an enemy of China, but also an enemy of Asia, Africa and ect.

        That is why China is so patient with PH because the share of same humiliations.

        China wants develop peacefully, but PH has to be peaceful too.

        Hopefully Chinese new leaders will visit PH soon just show respect and friendship, but PH has to withdraw the compulsive wrong accusations.

    • KriZalid Loco

      tell that to kiram followers.

      • yoyo

        I am having fun with Albert.

      • Albert Einstien

        ha ha..your chinese friends told you i’m DOING that already to you je je …i’m having fun to ALL HALLUCINATING guys like you.. just IMAGINE 3 billion people have been genetically altered & mongreled by centuries of opium…some manifested it by typing on a keyboard…some just stare in nothingness, some just laughed in their lonesome, some eat fetus for delicacy, some just draw dash lines..some believed they live for 10 thousand years ( mostly your emperors ) …some believed they own the world…..& you believed that you know how to read…….lol

  • $18209031

    Im waiting for ICJ to make the final ruling that South China Sea is part of China . THen the squirming Pinos will scream foul at the top of their voice.

    And if IC J award the ownership of South China Sea to Pino Nation, then congrats to you all. But since China is not recognizing this whiteazz court of appeals, then you might as well forget it. That means you have to take it by force from China. Good luck .

    • yoyo

      The point is that China has historical and legal claim, it is fact.
      At the same time China is willing to share.
      Also at the same time China is becoming more popwerful and isn’t afraid of any threat;
      Also at the same time China is much stronger than PH;
      Also at the same time China is economically, culturally and historically a good brother of PH.

      I don’t understand why PH put huge gamble to against China, knowing that all PH has is a loosing hand.

      Sharing is good for both nations and isn’t a sign of weakness of China. Why PH reject it ?

      • $18209031

        Rich Chinese Pino oligarchs and the many brown Pino oligarchs of Malayo ancestry are antiMainland Chinese. The Chinese Fils many of whom pledge their affinity with the Taiwan govt and USA.

  • avmphil

    Reply to Sun Tzu and the filthy associates of this madman:

    You rotten fifths are involved the world-over all the illegal activities even the Guinness Book of Records is unable to tract down. Such dirty guys you lot belong, no one European wants to be a neighbor. You belong to a bunch of Mongoloids who manufacture disease after disease that the Canadians lamented in newspapers that “you Chinese eat like RATS and congregate like COCKROACHES “…”GO BACK to Hong Kong’.

    Not only that, the World banned you Chinese into their respective countries for manufacturing and exporting SARS and other deadly viruses. Ha! Its good the Africans welcome you rots. Cause they manufacture AIDS. SARS and AIDS what a great combination: A Black and Yellow peril.

    • $18209031

      F U , ehh! You crooked teeth scoundrels must bow down to your Limey Queen Mama so she will protect your dirty azzes. All hail to Queen Mama , the grandmother of all thieves. Yep, thieves you all were in the last 500 yrs. Many peoples and countries you killed and raped of their rights .For you only belief in one thing, that is , to rule the world with your iron fist. To own every living soul and enslave them as you wish. You had no qualms as long as the end justifies the means. The world knows of your long dirty history.

      Yep, you use opium and arms exports to further your greed. You are the vile of the world, the scourge of mankind . You go back to the Isle of Man and grow your blithey potatoes and suffer the plague of a lifetime ! You crooked teech limey baztards and your derivatives can never repeat the wanton heydays of landgrabbing , a sickness that hails from the Isle of Man for 500 yrs. China will stop you in your tracks in this century.

      • avmphil

        You are nothing but a Mad Monk of Cheat and engulfed with an inborn filthy culture masquerading, but an alginate human of the worst kind the WORLD ever had to share this only earth. Such a hated race you belong to, only the Nuke will clear the dirty bunch of you and likes of you from the good old earth. You make a FOOL of yourself. HOG. The stupid brother of you, the young punk of North Korea is going to get the KILL and you will see your masters in Beijing how the fools react, joined them and China is TAPOS.

      • $18209031

        Oh yeah its high time to call on your Queen Mama now, ehh.

      • Albert Einstien

        very poetic…for 500 years they made india their dog & china their crazy pet….lately they invaded the indians & created america the land of the FREE ( it means LOST ) their security guard…….lol

  • Val Sor

    Boycott Made In China products now and stop subsidizing the Chinese navy!

  • scorpion

    its too late to hate china, lets just accept that they are stronger and could be strongest. however, they shouldnt be bullying small nation like us , they must be educated in how to respect other race or color . if that happens then enemies will become friend . I just hope chinese will improve and enhance their imagination .

  • fache

    Speaking about boycotting Chinese products, why not boycott ALL political propaganda shows by politicians during their campaign. They were nothing to gain going to their road shows and watch their utmost lies of promises. But, then again, Filipino masses will never learn.

  • Aida Ramos

    This news report is written by the Ass-ociated Press for China.

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