News / Asia

Chinese Ships Reported Spotted Near Spratly Shoal

South China Sea Territorial Claims
South China Sea Territorial Claims
TEXT SIZE - +
VOA News
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.

You May Like

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

Turkish Law Gives Spy Agency Controversial Powers

Parliament approves legislation to bolster powers of intelligence service, which government claims is necessary to modernize and deal with new threats Turkey faces More

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face of American Farmer is Changingi
X
Mike Osborne
April 18, 2014
The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid