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South China Sea News & Discussions, incl Spratly Islands News

This is a discussion on South China Sea News & Discussions, incl Spratly Islands News within the Geo-strategic Issues forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by ManilaBoy China's new territorial claim was 'REJECTED' by the Philippines, the area is called Reed Bank which ...


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Old November 17th, 2011   #61
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China's new territorial claim was 'REJECTED' by the Philippines, the area is called Reed Bank which is rich in gas deposits and is only 80 kilometers from the province of Palawan but is not located in the disputed Spratlys Islands...

Philippines rejects new Chinese territorial claim - Yahoo! News
Ridiculous....an area claiming which is clearly in the 200km EEZ of the Philipines... Just 80 km from the nearest Philippines coast and around 800 km (10x !)from the nearest Chinese coast....
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Ridiculous....an area claiming which is clearly in the 200km EEZ of the Philipines... Just 80 km from the nearest Philippines coast and around 800 km (10x !)from the nearest Chinese coast....
Extremely Ridiculous indeed, any other nations would have responded the same way to China's claim which is preposterous...

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What was the point of China putting claims on these areas?

They know there isn't a worlds chance they are going to get that area so I was wondering what the true meaning behind it was. Was it to put pressure on the Phillipines or something?
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Its all about who controls the narrative.
Or to put it in more simple form, a little guy is stuck between two big ones.
One big guy says to the little guy "Pick up that box and put it over there otherwise I will hit you"

The other big guy says to the little guy "That's my box, touch it and I will hit you"

Who is the little guy most afraid of?
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The matter was recently discussed between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabo and Indian PM Manmohan Singh in their meeting on the sidelines of the Asean summit. The Premier brought forth the issue and the PM responded that "Issues of sovereignty should be resolved according to international laws and practice"
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India - Proxy player?

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What's not to understand here? Did I imply there was any Indian base now or if there was surely going to be one in the future? Please reread the statement.

First of all, India isn't even a player in the South China Sea, but IF AND ONLY IF they had an air presence, it would prove to be a big thorn to China's South China Sea policy. And yes, I know that Chinese presence is great enough in countries like Myanmar and Pakistan so it would be logical to assume India is countering this move by developing closer ties with Vietnam.
India has in fact been awarded whole blocks of SCS oil, which china have since unsuccessfully contested. On top of which there are provisions for mutual assistance in extraction, so part Indian rigs. India may not be a direct player in the SCS but it has as much of a vested interest as the United States of America. In fact they recently announced tri-lateral China centric talks with Japan & the US in Washington.

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China's President Hu Jintao recently made an announcement urging the PLAN to be prepared for military combat due to the esclating regional maritime disputes over the SCS and a US campaign to assert itself as a Pacific Power...

China's Hu urges navy to prepare for combat - Yahoo! News
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China's President Hu Jintao recently made an announcement urging the PLAN to be prepared for military combat due to the esclating regional maritime disputes over the SCS and a US campaign to assert itself as a Pacific Power...

China's Hu urges navy to prepare for combat - Yahoo! News
Chinese leaders have been telling the military to prepare for war since the formation of PRC. Even former president Jiang told the military to prepare for war, eventhough absolutely nothing happened during his term. I think this line just got overplayed because of the sensitivities surrounding South China Sea issue.
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Newly installed AFP Chief of Staff Lt.Gen. Dellosa says on his speech that the upgrade of the external defense for the Philippines is 'INEVITABLE'...

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President Aquino ordered the newly appointed AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Dellosa to prepare for defense of the Spratlys in his speech yesterday during the change of command ceremony...

Aquino to new military chief: Prepare for defense of Spratlys - InterAksyon.com
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India has in fact been awarded whole blocks of SCS oil, which china have since unsuccessfully contested. On top of which there are provisions for mutual assistance in extraction, so part Indian rigs. India may not be a direct player in the SCS but it has as much of a vested interest as the United States of America. In fact they recently announced tri-lateral China centric talks with Japan & the US in Washington.

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Who or what entity awarded India blocks of South China Sea oil? India has no legal or resource rights there. I have some doubts about the veracity of your post.
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Who or what entity awarded India blocks of South China Sea oil? India has no legal or resource rights there. I have some doubts about the veracity of your post.
The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) made a deal with Vietnamese firms to exploit oil and gas in two offshore South China Sea oil blocks, it was finalised in september. while i cannot link to sources, google should get you various news articles relating to it.
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Who or what entity awarded India blocks of South China Sea oil? India has no legal or resource rights there. I have some doubts about the veracity of your post.
Petro Vietnam has entered into a joint venture with India’s ONGC to develop Blocks 127 and 128 after ONGC bought BP’s assets in the project in 2006.

sorry for the double post.

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Petro Vietnam has entered into a joint venture with India’s ONGC to develop Blocks 127 and 128 after ONGC bought BP’s assets in the project in 2006.

sorry for the double post.
Ok thanks. Just wanted some clarification because there is a big difference between a nation - state and a company. Beijing will still have to be careful about asserting its claims in the SCS. Going by memory there are certain international conventions that have to be adhered to.such as the UNCLOS.
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They are just trying to annoy China since it is bigger than both of them...
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