Failure to get serious about overfishing as a form of resource warfare will lead to depleted fisheries and collapsed marine environments which will exacerbate economic inequality, food scarcity and regional instability.
SeaLight is committed to lighting up the maritime gray zone so
that bullies and criminals can no longer hide in the darkness
while they harass law-abiding fisherfolk; destroy the marine
environment and fish stocks; prevent legitimate exploration and
survey activities; and violate international law and other
countries' sovereign rights.
This National University of Singapore (NUS) project involved a satellite image-based mapping of all visible insular geographic features in the SCS, including natural and man-made features.
Note that the project ended in 2016, and therefore lacks imagery and descriptions of much of the infrastructure on the features.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Monday that he had no choice but to defend his country's territory in the South China Sea against what he called Chinese aggression, and he might even "push back ties" if Beijing continues to trample upon Philippine interests.
President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos Jr has vowed his country will not yield an "inch" of territory to China and has spruiked expanding military ties with Australia during a speech to federal parliament.
Australia and the Philippines have also signed a new agreement to deepen maritime cooperation in a sign the two nations are likely to step up joint exercises and patrols in the contested waters of the South China Sea.
Malaysia’s low-key response to Chinese coastguard patrols of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) signals an interest in maintaining economic ties with Beijing and a desire not to “politicise or unilaterally alter the status quo in the region”, analysts have said.
China's coast guard vessels may be painted white, but they operate in what has been called the "gray zone," embarking on coercive activities that deliberately stop short of war. The agency's enforcement of declared national boundaries—as close as 6 miles and as far as 600 miles from the Chinese coast—poses unique policy challenges for U.S. allies and partners in Asia.
China dispatched a military helicopter to disputed waters and jammed the tracking systems of Philippine ships in the area to keep them from broadcasting their locations, the Philippine Coast Guard has claimed.
The United States has sent a nuclear-capable bomber for its first joint patrol with the Philippine military over the West Philippine Sea (WPS), prompting China’s military to send its forces there to monitor that activity.
Not wanting a military confrontation with the United States, China will not dare to remove the dilapidated BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal and will instead wait for it to fall apart, a United States-based maritime security analyst said.