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Oil Drop Won't Stop China in South China Sea

 South China Sea (Map by Council on Foreign Relations)

South China Sea spats are a territorial fight and not about the oil, points out a report appeared in Bloomberg. "When it comes to territorial tensions in the South China Sea, it’s more about what goes through it than what lies beneath it," says the report. The collapse in oil prices prompted oil majors from Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Norway’s Statoil ASA to shelve the projects of deep-sea exploration.   But in the South China Sea political and security considerations will keep territorial tensions simmering, fueling military spending by countries that border the area. The South China Sea contains some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and is a vital artery for China’s energy supplies from the Middle East.   According to Shi Yinhong, director of the Center for American Studies at Renmin University in Beijing and an adviser to China’s State Council, the South China Sea dispute is not some struggle for energy but a dispute for maritime territory and there is no compromise over claims.   China claims about four-fifths of the South China Sea, but the area overlaps claims from Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan. Chinese and Vietnamese boats clashed last May after China parked an oil rig in disputed waters. Deadly anti-Chinese riots erupted in Vietnam and the U.S. called the action “provocative.” 


China apprehending boats weekly in disputed S.China Sea

Chinese patrols enforcing disputed new fishing rules in the South China Sea are apprehending foreign boats on a weekly basis, Communist Party officials said on Thursday.   In comments that provide the first window on how China is enforcing new rules criticized by Washington, the party secretary for Hainan Island said Chinese patrols attempted to peacefully negotiate with vessels that initially ignored warnings to leave Chinese waters


US Urges Dialogue in Chinese Oil Rig Dispute

Photo courtesy Vietnam Coast Guard

The White House said on Wednesday that a dispute in the South China Sea over erection of a Chinese oil rig about 120 miles (193 km) off the Vietnam coast needs to be resolved through dialogue, not intimidation. Spokesman Jay Carney said the United States is not a party to the dispute but said President Barack Obama on a recent Asia tour had repeatedly stressed the need for peaceful dialogue on various disputes involving China and the South China Sea.


Chinese South China Sea Drilling Illegal Says Vietnam

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Vietnam says China's plan to move its first deep-water drilling rig into the disputed South China Sea, one of Asia's most volatile hotspots, is illegal and has called for the rig to be removed from what it says is Vietnam's territorial waters. The $1 billion offshore oil rig called Haiyang Shiyou 981 owned by the China's state-run CNOOC oil company has been drilling south of Hong Kong. Maritime Safety Administration of China (MSAC) on Saturday published an announcement on its website


Xi Says China Won't Stir Trouble In South China Sea

Chinese President Xi Jinping

  Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed not to stir up trouble in the South China Sea but said China would react "in the necessary way" to provocations by other countries, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The comments come at a time of deep tension between China and Vietnam over Beijing's decision in early May to move an oil rig into disputed waters between the Paracel islands and the Vietnamese coast.


Asean: Malaysia Prepares to Set Sail Into Maritime Disputes

Picture by ASEAN

Will Malaysia’s chairmanship of Asean spur the establishment of a long-delayed maritime Code of Conduct (CoC), aimed at resolving territorial disputes between China and neighboring countries in the South China Sea?  A report appeared in New Strait Times in Singapore says that the United States is hoping so as Malaysia this year takes over the chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  


US Restrain China GofM Aspirations

CNOOC, China's largest offshore oil and natural gas producer, barred from outright opeation of recently acquired Gulf of Mexico oilfields. The oilfields were acquired by CNOOC through its US$15-billion takeover of Canadian firm Nexen. The state-owned oil giant's purchase of Nexen includes about 200 deep-water leases in the Gulf, however the company has surrendered operating control of them to quell US national security concerns, reports the South China Morning Post


U.S. Lawmakers Call Chinese Actions In South China Sea 'Troubling'

South China Sea

  Six U.S. senators urged their colleagues on Friday to support legislation reaffirming U.S. support for freedom of navigation, saying they consider China's recent actions in the South China Sea troubling. China this week accused Vietnam of intentionally colliding with its ships in the South China Sea after Vietnam asserted that Chinese vessels used water cannon and rammed eight of its vessels during the weekend near an oil


China's Assertiveness Hardens Malaysian Stance in Sea Dispute

By Stuart Grudgings, Reuters The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia's Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China's claims to the disputed South China Sea, senior diplomats told Reuters. The reef lies outside Malaysia's territorial waters but inside its 200 nautical mile exclusive economic


Fishing Boat Incident Heightens Philippine-China Tensions

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Philippines police seized a Chinese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday, an official told Reuters, the latest flare-up of tensions in the oil and gas-rich waters that are claimed wholly or in part by six Asian nations. Chief Superintendent Niel Vargas of the Philippine National Police Maritime Group said a maritime police patrol apprehended a Chinese fishing boat around 7 a.m. on Tuesday off Half Moon Shoal.


China Warns India, US on Regional Conflict

Pic: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

There is no need for India and the United States to have concerns on navigation and over flight over the disputed South China Sea, says China. "The situation in the South China Sea was stable and that there was no problem with freedom of navigation in the area," China said. 


India-US “New Vision” for Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean

Barack Obama and Narendra Modi. Pic: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

 India and the USA on Sunday released a Joint Strategic Vision statement for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region, marking the deepening strategic equation between the two nations.  The partnership is expected to cover a wide sphere of influence that would extend from Africa to the


Maritime Dispute an Issue for Entire ASEAN, Says US

Image: Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippines

The South China Sea took center stage at the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between the United States and the Philippines held in Manila, as China continues to engage in "massive" construction activities in the disputed area. Both the countries jointly expressed their concern over recent


China in Mind, Japan Seeks Maritime Ties with India

Image: Indian Navy

 apan has pitched for stronger maritime security cooperation with India, to counter an increasingly powerful China.  During his visit in India on Saturday Japan's foreign minister Fumio Kishida said that both nations should "proactively" assume responsibilities to ensure


Iranian Naval Fleet in Rescue Mission

Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari (Courtesy:  IRGC - Iran)

In a bid to protect cargo ships and oil tankers in international waters, the Iranian Navy’s 33rd fleet of warships departed for the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea on Sunday, says Tasnim News Agency.  The naval fleet consists of Vice-Admiral Qandi destroyer


Tanker Oil Spills Notches New 5-year Low

ITOPF Graph

A new five-year low in oil spills from tank­ers reported by the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), as the average for 2010-2014 falls to 1.8 large spills per year.   During the year, ITOPF recorded 1 large spill of bitumen (over 3


Increasing Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia

Piracy in South East Asia (Pic: ReCAAP)

Does piracy off the coast of South-East Asia pose a threat? The answer is yes. Shipping lanes in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, have been hit by a “worrying new rise” in piracy. How is maritime piracy threatening South-East Asia and to what


Report: Hong Kong Box Terminals Should be Moved

A study says Hong Kong will eventually have to move its container terminals out of Kwai Tsing to remain competitive.   A study by think tank SD Advocates, the Chinese University and BMT Asia Pacific says that Hong Kong needs to relocate the container terminals from Kwai Tsing to another


Wärtsilä Engines for Cutter Dredgers

6500 CBM vessel

  One of the world's largest non self-propelled cutter dredger vessels, which is also one of the largest of all cutter dredgers in the world with 5200 kW of cutter power, will feature Wärtsilä engines, both to generate power and to drive the dredging pump


China, Vietnam to Address Maritime Disputes

South China Sea

  Senior Chinese and Vietnamese officials have agreed to settle their maritime disputes without resorting to "megaphone diplomacy", the official Xinhua news service said on Saturday. The agency's report follows a meeting in Hanoi on Friday between Chinese political advisor Yu


Philippines to Buy Naval Assets, China Sea Dispute Simmers

The Philippines aims to buy two frigates, two helicopters and three gunboats for deployment in the South China Sea where a territorial dispute with China has lent urgency to the need to bolster forces, a Philippine navy officer said on Wednesday.


LM Handling Installs FPSO

Acteon operates across the entire life of field, from exploration to decommissioning

  LM Handling, an Acteon company, has provided handling expertise and equipment to support Acteon sister company, InterMoor, in the successful mooring installation of a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) operated


Japan Military Wants China "Crisis Management" Pact

Japan's highest-ranking military officer on Friday urged an early start to a "crisis management" mechanism with China amid conflicting claims to a group of tiny East China Sea islands. Relations between China and Japan, the world's second- and third-largest economies


Vietnam Warship Visits Underscore Regional Tension

Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines but an official said it was not trying to challenge China's superior naval forces amid tension in the South China Sea. Hanoi invited the diplomatic community to its Russian-built


China Defies U.S. Plea for Restraint in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea






 
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