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    Chinese Ships Reported Spotted Near Spratly Shoal

    South China Sea Territorial Claims
    South China Sea Territorial Claims
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    The Philippine military is reporting the presence of two Chinese military surveillance vessels near the Philippine-occupied Ayungin Shoal in the disputed Spratly’s region, according to the Philippine Inquirer newspaper.

    The ships were reported to have taken up stations on about six nautical miles west of the shoal beginning May 7, according to the May 10 report.

    A Philippine military spokesman confirmed with the Inquirer that it was monitoring the Chinese ships.

    Ayungin Shoal, also known as Second Thomas Reef, is a part of the municipality of Kalayaan. The area is near Mischief Reef, which was controlled by the Philippines until 1994, when China built a fortification on it.

    The Spratlys, a chain of shoals and islands that are believed to contain important oil and gas reserves, are claimed in whole or part by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. China and Taiwan both base their claims in part on a centuries-old Chinese map.

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    by: NQ from: Hong Kong
    May 23, 2013 10:43 PM
    Take a close look at the map, Jonathan Huang.
    Senkaku Islands are much closer to the Japanese islands of Yonaguni, Ishigaki etc. than to Taiwan. Having said that, using this logic of proximity is nonsense, because we can then say China is part of Russia.

    by: Sino-phobia from: every country except CCP
    May 13, 2013 4:40 AM
    China will invade everywhere in the globe and even in the universe in the future. China is scattering all evils in the world, such as air pollution, bird flu, contaminated food, SARDS, invasion, theft, violence, occupation, and so on. China must resolve these domestic problems first. In addition, China must not divert its national's beefs to foreign affairs.

    by: bob day from: california
    May 12, 2013 4:49 PM
    huwang chinas trying 15 century tactics . gonna lose and shame itself forever. those days are over

    by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
    May 12, 2013 11:48 AM
    Tell me Steve from Michigan.
    Frankland island is close to Argentian or UK?

    Guam island is close to Japan or US?

    Diaoyu island is close to Taiwan or Japan?

    And what the heck that France owns some islands in Pacific ocean?

    by: steve from: Michigan
    May 11, 2013 9:12 AM
    If there's enough islands for everyone, why be greedy? Those shoals are too far from China to really claim anything. Just all the nations in that region sit down and discuss what can be done to resolve the issue. China needs to quit being bullies and talk to the other nations that are closer to the islands than they are. It would greatly benefit everyone and not start a war over resources.

    by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
    May 11, 2013 3:02 AM
    Go! China Go!, I am so proud of being Chinese.

    Once again China is becoming a super power in the world!

    Truth is in the range of cannons!

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