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China Raise Stakes In The Spratly Islands

January 8, 2016

By Paul Homewood    




The Spratly Islands have been an increasing source of territorial dispute between China and its neighbours around the South China Sea, notably Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The islands are no more than an uninhabited collection of reefs, but in the last few years China has been busy building man made islands there, including three military runways..


Construction at Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the disputed Spratley Islands in the south China Sea by China

Construction at Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the south China Sea by China

Chinese land reclamation operations in the South China Sea

Chinese land reclamation operations at Fiery Cross reef in the South China Sea


This move is the latest escalation in the dispute.

I don’t think China wants them for their tourist potential, as they are only a couple of feet above sea level, and experts tell us they will drown in a few years time.

Which can only leave the abundant deposits of gas and oil!


Meanwhile other “experts”, such as Mark Carney and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, assure us that oil reserves are stranded assets, and that China is going to save us all from global warming by building loads of wind turbines.

Perhaps they might care to tell us why China is going to such lengths occupy the Spratlys? 

  1. January 8, 2016 1:35 pm

    1. In the 1960’s, China was promoting Vietnam. Interesting to see these 2 Communist “buddies” going at each other. 2. When the “high school clique” sticks their fingers in their ears to avoid hearing what anyone outside their little cadre has to say, it is one thing–annoying, but not earth shattering. However, when, as presumed “adults”, ” the “experts”, such as Mark Carney and Ambrose Evans-Pritchard,” stick THEIR fingers in their ears to avoid the obvious, it is quite another–dangerous with potentially grave world-wide consequences.

    • January 8, 2016 2:03 pm

      There has always been a lot mistrust and hidden enmity between China and Vietnam. During the Vietnam war, the North got most of their backing from Russia rather than China.

      The two countries actually went to war in 1979.

  2. CheshireRed permalink
    January 8, 2016 2:43 pm

    Isn’t there an international (maritime?) law preventing nations from annexing and claiming coral atolls as their own sovereign territory? I seem to remember reading somewhere that there is. If there are natural resources to be had I suppose a base from which to help extract them would make sense, however I see this as primarily a military exercise rather than commercial. Nicely isolated out there so they’d certainly have plenty of time to see any military incoming.

    • January 8, 2016 3:53 pm


      I’ve no doubt the Chinese would simply ignore it anyway

    • ron permalink
      January 9, 2016 12:35 am

      China’s contention is that international maritime law doesn’t apply since they consider the entire South China Sea to be their territory. From their point of view, they are their reefs in the middle of their maritime territory. International processes are as irrelevant as they are to the Orkneys. (they believe)

  3. January 8, 2016 3:19 pm

    Like any politicians, what China’s leaders say and what they do are not necessarily well correlated – a bit like climate and CO2 in fact.

  4. January 8, 2016 5:54 pm

    The USA / CIA seems to be totally focussed on Russia as the enemy: China is quietly following a very successful imperialist agenda, in Africa mainly at this time, (but we are not immune as we ship all our manufacture there).

    The USA will eventually notice that China is now a major player….what then?

  5. J Martin permalink
    January 8, 2016 10:06 pm

    HM gov should summon the Chinese ambassador and tell him to remove the Chinese invasion forces from the Spratley islands since they belong to the British and not the Chinese. Spratley is not a Chinese name.

    • ron permalink
      January 9, 2016 12:38 am

      Spratley is not a Chines name…..which is why the Chinese (or anyone else in the area don’t call them the Spratleys.

  6. Green Sand permalink
    January 8, 2016 10:18 pm

    But, but, what about sea level rise? Don’t the Chinese read The Guardian? Might be something to do with reading right to left?

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