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September 25, 1995
THE AGREEMENT that Britain and Argentina will sign for joint oil exploitation of the seabed east and west of the Falkland (or Malvinas) Islands does nothing to resolve the dispute of sovereignty over those forlorn sheep lands in the South Atlantic. But it does everything to set that dispute aside and get on with business.It sets an example that could well get China and six neighbors past a similar dispute to rocky outcroppings in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, which are valueless in themselves but possibly surrounded by oil and subject to belligerent action.
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Steve Phillips | August 22, 2012
Although Americans wish to focus on the anemic economy and upcoming election, the wider world may intervene. Competing claims over sovereignty in the waters around China - the East China Sea and the South China Sea - threaten to transform from rhetoric into military conflict. Territorial issues have became embroiled in partisan politics within many countries in the region, as leaders seek to bolster their domestic positions by taking a tough stand on issues related to national pride.
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By JEANE KIRKPATRICK | April 11, 1995
Washington. -- As long as the U.S. Navy was based at the Subic Bay in the Philippines, its presence discouraged any of the six countries with territorial claims in the vast South China Sea from pressing them too far.In the years since the U.S. withdrawal, however, China has made unprecedented claims to exclusive jurisdiction over the strategically located mineral-rich Spratly Islands chain -- to the irritation of Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and...
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By Steven Phillips | February 2, 2012
In light of the North Korean nuclear threat, Sino-Japanese territorial disputes and conflicting claims in the South China Sea, Taiwan appears to be the exception in a region of rising tensions. Beijing claims that Taiwan is part of China but has been willing to take a long-term approach in the hope that enhancing cross-Strait ties will bring the island into China peacefully. Taiwanese have shown little interest in provoking the mainland by declaring permanent independence. At the same time, they will not risk their freedom or sovereignty though closer political ties to the mainland.
NEWS
April 12, 2001
THE UNITED STATES did not apologize for spying on China from air space over waters claimed by China as its exclusive economic zone, and presumably won't. China agreed to release the 24 captured U.S. personnel as a humanitarian gesture and not as a resolution of the dispute. Wang Wei, dead in the South China Sea, is a hero and martyr of legendary proportions to the Chinese nation, but in U.S. eyes he is a reckless hotdog pilot who brought about his own death. The United States and China will discuss these and other differences starting a week from today.
NEWS
August 5, 1995
At an Asian foreign ministers' meeting last Sunday, China insisted on sovereignty over all the Spratly Islands and adjacent waters. Yet in the same breath, it proposed joint development by all the claimants. China's neighbors should jump at this. If China meant this in good faith, it is the peaceful way out.The Spratly Islands are hundreds of uninhabitable reefs and atolls in the South China Sea that were once prized for guano, birds' nests and offshore fish. The lure now is offshore oil.China and Taiwan, the most distant claimants, claim all the islands and most of the South China seabed.
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By Richard Halloran and Richard Halloran,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 18, 2003
An almost unnoticed battle against piracy in the South China Sea has become more intense, with the pirates winning and governments in Southeast Asia fearing the pirates will be joined by terrorists in an attempt to disrupt trade throughout Asia. "The essential nature of the threat has changed. Risk and potential targets used to be assessed on the basis of the intrinsic value of cargoes and the ships carrying them. That no longer applies," said Capt. Pottengal Mukudan of the International Maritime Bureau in a statement this week.
NEWS
August 19, 2001
U.S. Navy holds major exercise in South China Sea HONG KONG - The U.S. Navy held an unusually large exercise in the South China Sea, three days before sending a battle group into Hong Kong for a port call. There was no immediate response from the Chinese government to the drill Friday by two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups - described by the U.S. Navy as a "rare meeting at sea" - but one defense analyst said yesterday that it was a show of force to China. VW workers in Mexico strike for pay increase MEXICO CITY - Workers at Volkswagen AG's Mexico plant walked off the job yesterday, bringing a halt to the German automaker's production of the new Beetle, which it exports to 80 countries.
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By Robert Benjamin and Robert Benjamin,Beijing Bureau | August 4, 1992
BEIJING -- The leading candidate for Asia's next flash point is a cluster of more than 400 rocky atolls and reefs -- largely barren and some often submerged by high tides, but possibly rich in oil and gas.China attempted last month to defuse mounting anxieties over its aggressive power plays this year in the South China Sea's Spratly Islands. But Southeast Asian countries remain anxious about China's intentions.Six nations -- China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei -- claim sovereignty over all or parts of the Spratlys.
NEWS
Steve Phillips | August 22, 2012
Although Americans wish to focus on the anemic economy and upcoming election, the wider world may intervene. Competing claims over sovereignty in the waters around China - the East China Sea and the South China Sea - threaten to transform from rhetoric into military conflict. Territorial issues have became embroiled in partisan politics within many countries in the region, as leaders seek to bolster their domestic positions by taking a tough stand on issues related to national pride.
TOPIC
By Richard Halloran and Richard Halloran,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 18, 2003
An almost unnoticed battle against piracy in the South China Sea has become more intense, with the pirates winning and governments in Southeast Asia fearing the pirates will be joined by terrorists in an attempt to disrupt trade throughout Asia. "The essential nature of the threat has changed. Risk and potential targets used to be assessed on the basis of the intrinsic value of cargoes and the ships carrying them. That no longer applies," said Capt. Pottengal Mukudan of the International Maritime Bureau in a statement this week.
NEWS
August 19, 2001
U.S. Navy holds major exercise in South China Sea HONG KONG - The U.S. Navy held an unusually large exercise in the South China Sea, three days before sending a battle group into Hong Kong for a port call. There was no immediate response from the Chinese government to the drill Friday by two U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups - described by the U.S. Navy as a "rare meeting at sea" - but one defense analyst said yesterday that it was a show of force to China. VW workers in Mexico strike for pay increase MEXICO CITY - Workers at Volkswagen AG's Mexico plant walked off the job yesterday, bringing a halt to the German automaker's production of the new Beetle, which it exports to 80 countries.
NEWS
April 23, 2001
GETTING relations with China right will preoccupy the Bush administration for years. It is not a subject to be wrapped up in a week. Why? China has 1.2 billion people. Its economy grew at an 8.1 percent annual rate in the first quarter while much of the world stagnated. Enough said. The technical talks about the April 1 plane collision, return of the U.S. EP-3E and safety rules for future flights got off to a rough start. That is not directly related to more basic relations, but cannot fail to set a mood.
NEWS
April 12, 2001
THE UNITED STATES did not apologize for spying on China from air space over waters claimed by China as its exclusive economic zone, and presumably won't. China agreed to release the 24 captured U.S. personnel as a humanitarian gesture and not as a resolution of the dispute. Wang Wei, dead in the South China Sea, is a hero and martyr of legendary proportions to the Chinese nation, but in U.S. eyes he is a reckless hotdog pilot who brought about his own death. The United States and China will discuss these and other differences starting a week from today.
NEWS
By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | November 12, 1998
MANILA, Philippines -- Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado has called for a return of American troops to the Philippines, six years after the country's Senate closed down all U.S. bases in a wave of nationalist fervor.Over the past year, legislators have been debating the wisdom of closing the bases in 1992 when their leases expired. Many felt a U.S. military presence in the Philippines was needed to deter Chinese expansion in the South China Sea.The issue has become more pressing recently after Chinese warships and cargo vessels transporting building materials were spotted around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands.
NEWS
By JONATHAN POWER | May 28, 1996
LONDON -- At the same time China bristles over American accusations of trade piracy, it indicates that it will ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. It's typical Chinese conduct -- hot and cold, sweet and sour, confrontational and accommodating.Even at its sunniest, Beijing rarely wins points for presentation. So the announcement provocatively insisted that Chinese jurisdiction over the sea will be ''expanded'' by nearly 1 million square miles. It also promised ''better protection'' for China's island resources, including the oil-rich Spratly Islands, over which five other countries and China, have been sparring.
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By CHICAGO TRIBUNE | November 12, 1998
MANILA, Philippines -- Defense Secretary Orlando Mercado has called for a return of American troops to the Philippines, six years after the country's Senate closed down all U.S. bases in a wave of nationalist fervor.Over the past year, legislators have been debating the wisdom of closing the bases in 1992 when their leases expired. Many felt a U.S. military presence in the Philippines was needed to deter Chinese expansion in the South China Sea.The issue has become more pressing recently after Chinese warships and cargo vessels transporting building materials were spotted around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands.
NEWS
February 25, 1996
THE UNITED NATIONS convention on the Law of the Sea was intended to resolve disputes, not start them. But it was Japan's intended ratification of the convention this year that brought a collision with South Korea over three tiny islands in the Korea Strait between them.It would be tempting to call the isles uninhabited but a Korean fisherman lives on one. South Korea put 26 soldiers there and, as the crisis developed, sent eight more. South Korea has claimed the islands since the year 512. Japan says it took them from Russia in 1904.
NEWS
February 25, 1996
THE UNITED NATIONS convention on the Law of the Sea was intended to resolve disputes, not start them. But it was Japan's intended ratification of the convention this year that brought a collision with South Korea over three tiny islands in the Korea Strait between them.It would be tempting to call the isles uninhabited but a Korean fisherman lives on one. South Korea put 26 soldiers there and, as the crisis developed, sent eight more. South Korea has claimed the islands since the year 512. Japan says it took them from Russia in 1904.
NEWS
September 25, 1995
THE AGREEMENT that Britain and Argentina will sign for joint oil exploitation of the seabed east and west of the Falkland (or Malvinas) Islands does nothing to resolve the dispute of sovereignty over those forlorn sheep lands in the South Atlantic. But it does everything to set that dispute aside and get on with business.It sets an example that could well get China and six neighbors past a similar dispute to rocky outcroppings in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, which are valueless in themselves but possibly surrounded by oil and subject to belligerent action.
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