China’s ADIZ in West PH Sea

“China is rushing reclamation developments in the region because it intends to position its fighter jets and warships to enforce the ADIZ.” – Security official

Commentaries, News and Update to SC: EDCA is constitutional:

Included in this post are:
Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines (December 6-8, 2014)
China’s Position paper (December 7, 2014)
China’s ADIZ in West Philippine Sea
Relevant Latest News
US ratification of 1982 UN Law of the Sea Treaty
Ricardo B Serrano videos, predictions and commentary

Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines

True to EDCA‘s Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) commitment, the US Embassy has offered the use of some American aircraft and personnel to help with Typhoon Ruby even as the Armed Forces of the Philippines continues to prepare for Typhoon Ruby.

According to Maj. Emmanuel Garcia, commander of the 7th Civil Relations Group of the AFP Civil Relations Service, the US embassy has offered the use of nine C-130 transport aircraft and three P-3C Orion surveillance planes for air assessment and monitoring.

It has also offered “medical and relief workers and other suport if needed,” Garcia said, adding other foreign armed forces are also offering help.

He added that the US team is composed of nine personnel while the Japanese team is composed of eight while those coming from Australian and Singapore are composed of four each.

Garcia said that these teams will help their Philippine counterparts in expediting assessment of damage sustained by the country during the onslaught of “Ruby.”

In line with this, a US aircraft, U-28, which overfly the affected areas in the Visayas and nearby provinces, initially indicated light damage along a 20-kilometer width path.

“(The plane) saw no signs of major damage (in) structures, most trees it saw were bending but not down,” Garcia said.

And with adverse weather caused by “Ruby” expected to batter Metro Manila early Tuesday, the 7th Civil Relations Group commander said that Joint Task Force-National Capital Region has already pre-positioned disaster response task units in flood prone areas in Manila, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela.

See Pleased with PH response to Ruby, US gives P33.4M
US, Japan, Australia, Singapore assessment teams now in Philippines

China’s Position Paper

The Chinese Position Paper reiterates its firm standing that the Chinese Government will neither accept nor participate in the arbitration, and elaborates at length on the legal basis for its position that the Arbitral Tribunal does not have jurisdiction over this case.

China said it will “neither accept nor participate in the arbitration” as the UN tribunal lacks jurisdiction over the territorial dispute.

In the 26-page paper, the US said that China’s position on its maritime claims is unclear. It analyzed 3 possible interpretations of the 9-dash line, two of which “do not have a proper legal basis under the law of the sea.”

“Unless China clarifies that the dashed-line claim reflects only a claim to islands within that line and any maritime zones that are generated from those land features in accordance with the international law of the sea, as reflected in the LOS Convention, its dashed-line claim does not accord with the international law of the sea,” the paper concluded.

The US was referring to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which the Philippines cited in its arbitration case to invalidate the 9-dash line. Manila is a key treaty ally of Washington.

The US State Department said that the study was part of a series to “examine a coastal state’s maritime claims and/or boundaries and assess their consistency with international law.” Yet the timing of the publication was close to the deadline for China’s counter-pleading.

The paper reiterated earlier statements of State Department officials asking China to clarify the 9-dash line.

“Although the US Government is active in protesting historic claims around the world that it deems excessive, the United States has not protested the dashed line on these grounds because it does not believe that such a claim has been made by China. Rather, the United States has requested that the Government of China clarify its claims.”

China criticizes what it views as US meddling in its disputes with its neighbors. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also claim parts of the South China Sea, believed to hold vast deposits of oil and gas, and a major shipping route.

Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea, citing the contentious line to assert “indisputable sovereignty.” Declaring the line inconsistent with UNCLOS is the main claim of the Philippines in its arbitration case.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said that China’s rights were based on its historic claims.

See China, Vietnam clash again over South China Sea claims
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China condemns US report on South China Sea claims
China’s sea claim does not accord with intl law – US govt paper
US: China failed to clarify 9-dash line with law
Why China won’t accept international arbitration in South China Sea
China: UN Tribunal has no jurisdiction on case filed by PH
China reaffirms Spratlys claim nixes arbitration
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PH insists on arbitration to end sea dispute with China

“According to Article 287, the UN tribunal has jurisdiction over the territorial dispute.” – Paul Reichler

Paul Reichler to face illegal China

China’s ADIZ in West Philippine Sea

With its expansive historical 9-dashed line claim in the South China Sea, China as a signatory to UNCLOS, is in violation to the Law of the Sea treaty by reclaiming reefs in the Spratly islands by threats of military force against the other claimants such as Vietnam and Philippines.

What’s to stop China grabbing some useless islands, and then a whole sea? The ancient concept of oceans as global commons under UNCLOS is under threat. See How to steal the Sea, Chinese style

China’s reclamation project especially in Fiery Cross Reef (Kagitingan Reef) once built with naval base and airbase will threaten rule of international law, peace and security, unimpeded trade and freedom of navigation along the West Philippine Sea risking naval confrontation with US, Australia, Japan, Vietnam and other Spratly claimants.

The US challenge to China over its construction on Fiery Cross Reef comes in the aftermath of a belligerent speech on November 15 by Obama at the G20 summit in Australia. Obama aggressively reasserted US determination to maintain “American leadership” in the Asia Pacific, declaring that the US had invested “blood and treasure” in the region, and, by implication, would do so again.

IHS Jane’s said the new island — at least 3,000 metres long — could be China’s first military airstrip in the Spratly Islands and might be aimed at helping Beijing impose its sovereignty claims over neighbouring countries that also claim the territory.

“This facility appears purpose-built to coerce other claimants into relinquishing their claims and possessions, or at least provide China with a much stronger negotiating position if talks over the dispute were ever held,” the report said.

Local aviation official John Andrews had warned that China might attempt to establish another Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, as it aggressively pursues its encompassing maritime claim over the disputed region.

“Once ADIZ is established in the region, it will not only affect our air and naval movements in our Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) but also other claimant countries,” said another security official.

He said China is rushing reclamation developments in the region because it intends to position its fighter jets and warships to enforce the ADIZ.

At present, only Kalayaan town in Pag-asa Island has an airport while the remaining eight islets and reefs occupied by Filipino troops could be reached by Navy or civilian boats.

An air base being built on a disputed island chain is raising eyebrows as its puts Chinese strategic bombers in range of Australia for the first time.

China secretly set up an air defense identification zone (ADIZ)

China secretly set up an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the disputed South China Sea before the incident in August where a PLA Navy Air Force’s J-11 fighter intercepted a US P-8 patrol aircraft, according to Kanwa Defense Review, a Chinese-language military magazine based in Canada.

Unlike the establishment of the ADIZ in the East China Sea in November of last year, the creation of a South China Sea ADIZ was never announced, the magazine said, and the US Navy aircraft was intercepted because it had entered the area.

While China has a dispute only with Japan in the East China Sea, it is in contention with several of its neighbors over territories in the resource-rich South China Sea, making the establishment of an ADIZ more sensitive as an implied assertion of China’s sovereignty claims.

At the same time, Beijing has been seeking to improve its relations with Southeast Asian nations through holding the 2014 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Beijing. Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia may have refused to send representatives to Beijing to attend the meeting in November if China had announced it had decreed that the entire airspace over the South China Sea should be subject to its inspection.

However, the presence of the US military aircraft in the region is still considered a threat by the PLA. The P-8 flying over the South China Sea had apparently taken off from a US base in Okinawa. Kanwa said the plane was tracked and monitored by the PLA’s coastal radar systems before being intercepted by a J-11 fighter taking off from Hainan. As the J-11 has a longer range than the earlier J-8, it was able to follow the patrol plane for an extended period of time.

See Beijing set up South China Sea ADIZ in secret: Kanwa
China’s Grand-Strategy: Creating its own islands in the South China Sea

US Embassy offers planes, personnel

Latest news on Typhoon Ruby, UNCLOS, EDCA and China’s Spratly island reclamation projects vs US Asia-Pacific Alliance:

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PH to get $500 M loan from South Korea
PH eyes comprehensive strategic partnership with South Korea
US the ultimate guarantor of peace in Philippines-China dispute
China’s sea claim does not accord with intl law – US govt paper
US: China failed to clarify 9-dash line with law
Why China won’t accept international arbitration in South China Sea
China’s Grand-Strategy: Creating its own islands in the South China Sea
US, Japan, Australia, Singapore assessment teams now in Philippines
Red Cross: Ruby leaves at least 21 dead
Medical missions from USA in Manila to support response efforts to Ruby
Reckoning with Ruby
Yolanda survivors find homes in ruins again
US Embassy offers planes, personnel as AFP continues preps for Ruby
11 countries pledge aid as Ruby batters PH
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China: UN Tribunal has no jurisdiction on case filed by PH
China reaffirms Spratlys claim, nixes arbitration
China: PH legal case weak on jurisdiction
China slams PH over South China Sea case
China denounces PH pressure over sea dispute arbitration
US defends Asian alliance against China criticism
How to steal the Sea, Chinese style
Why China should conclude a Code of Conduct with ASEAN
Drilon to await SC ruling before taking any action on EDCA
Gazmin: EDCA deterrent but doesn’t assure US help
China stopped harassing PH ships after EDCA signing – Gazmin
China vows to protect sovereign right over disputed territories
China-US Relations: The Return of Mao’s Noose
US intervenes in South China Sea dispute
China strengthening claim to South China Sea oil and gas
South China Sea competition takes a toll on reefs
South China Sea: Navigating the most dangerous place in the world
UK: Asia Silk Road needs no toll operator
One year of ADIZ: What next for China?
Philippines protest won’t affect ties with China – DFA
Philippines protest China’s reclamation activity on Kagitingan Reef
DFA chief confirms Chinese reclamation on Kagitingan Reef
China to continue building on disputed islands, retired PLA general says
Island China is building in disputed territory is for public services: Beijing
Vietnam, the US and Japan in the South China Sea
Victims under the South China Sea
US should butt out of South China Sea disputes: Barry Grossman
Construction of an airfield on the disputed Spratly islands put Australia in reach of China’s strategic bombers: Reports
China blasts US comments on Spratly project as irresponsible
China defies US call to stop island project in South China Sea
China and US face off over South China Sea artificial island
China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip – report
China reef development a prelude to Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)
China seen risking naval confrontation with Spratly claimants
David vs Goliath in the South China Sea: The Philippines vs China
China builds military airstrip on disputed island
Shiptec China 2014: CSSRC showcases plans to build floating docks for Spratly islands

US ratification of 1982 UN Law of the Sea Treaty

US President Obama’s administration is pushing for the approval of the 1982 United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty. In the past few years, China has been harassing U.S. Navy vessels conducting exercises near the waters of the disputed territories in Asia-Pacific region.

The reason for the push on ratification of the treaty is that China has been building more defense facilities and noticeable ambition for expansion.

China is certain that even if the treaty is ratified by the US in the United Nation, they will not change their maritime claims against Philippines over the South China Sea.

On the other hand, U.S. Navy, known and respected as the most powerful Navy in the history, “locks in” on the high seas with its privilege and rights to sink any ship who tries to rebuff those rights.

The Convention provides clear, treaty-based rights for U.S. ships and aircraft to travel through and over the territorial seas of other coastal states. This is why the U.S. Navy, with the largest fleet in the world, has long supported the treaty. In this time of shrinking defense budgets, the Navy wants clear legal rights to freedom of navigation when it cannot have more ships to assert these rights in practice. See Should United States ratify the UN Law of the Sea?

Speaking to Army Cadets at West Point, President Obama says it’s more difficult for the U.S. push for a resolution of rival claims because it exempts itself from rules that apply to everyone else.

“It’s a lot harder to call on China to resolve its maritime disputes under the Law of the Sea Convention when the United States Senate has refused to ratify it – despite the repeated insistence of our top military leaders that the treaty advances our national security,” he said. “That’s not leadership; that’s retreat.”

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West Phillipine Sea Primer

Book proves Scarborough Shoal part of Philippine territory

The following videos by Ricardo B Serrano are about sea row disputes between China and Philippines in South China Sea (West Philippine Sea):

See my commentaries, news and updates at:
SC: EDCA is constitutional
VFA/EDCA needed to defend West PH Sea
China vs Philippines Ayungin Standoff
CCP, an outlaw vs US Alliance
US-Asia Pacific Alliance vs China
US, Philippines and Japan vs China
Our Geography is our Destiny

My predictions six months ago:
I personally believe that the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of EDCA to support President Aquino’s primary constitutional duty to serve and protect the people, promote national security, upgrade the AFP’s military facilities and preposition defense assets, and improve the military’s capabilities for humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR).

By next year or so, I believe that China will establish an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the West Philippine Sea where they are building a naval base with airstrip now at Kagitingan Reef in the Spratly islands, and where the war will be between China and the US Alliance (Vietnam, Australia, US, Japan and other claimants).

I believe that regardless of a favorable outcome of the Philippine’s memorial submission to ITLOS, China will still use threats of force, intimidation, coercion and gunboat diplomacy because China will disregard the arbitration outcome and a tribunal can’t stop China from bullying its neighbors posing a complicated challenge to the region’s peace and security unless a necessary boost in military hardware upgrade capability in the Philippines is attained together with a US asia-pacific alliance, sanctions and a strong international support to militarily confront or deter China’s armed invasion collectively thereby upholding the rule of international law, unimpeded trade and freedom of navigation. What other viable peaceful options do we have to resolve China’s fanatical expansion agenda with invasive armed aggression?

With China’s disregard to UN arbitration and international law’s UNCLOS by its illegal declaration of sovereignty to all of South China Sea with its unilateral attempts to assert its bogus 9-dash line claims through its show of intimidation or force in the Philippines and Vietnam, will the group of G-7 still remain silent to China’s military intentions or act on its mandate to oppose China’s actions now?

Since the problem is a state of unpreparedness – the lack of military capability of the AFP now, I believe that a viable alternative or contingency measure to the current sea dispute situation between China and the Philippines would be for the G-7 allies to provide the AFP with the necessary training and credible number of military hardware such as warships, missiles, fighter planes, and drones, on loans, to counter Chinese invasion of Philippine reefs and shoals.

Well trained and credible armed Filipino soldiers have done their own fighting before against internal terrorists, in the Korean war and in WW2 and as first defenders before other nations will intervene, AFP will fight these Chinese invaders and outlaws again with a credible military hardware upgrade to protect its sovereignty and prevent further loss of more rich natural resource Philippine territories to China.”

China keeps on saying that ASEAN claimants must adhere to the Code of Conduct (COC) but at the same time China simply violates that rule and says that it has the right to do whatever it wants in the Spratley’s.

China keeps on building structures and even doing reclamation works despite repeatedly stressing that all claimants must adhere to the COC, which includes stopping any development of any uninhabited area.

In this sense, China is fooling everybody including the US and the global community just like how it stole Mischief Reef.

The Philippines must be reminded of China’s “talk and take strategy”.

It fooled President Noynoy when Noynoy agreed to the withdrawal of ships from Scarborough. Eventually, the Philippine ships were called back to port but the Chinese simply laughed at President Noynoy for believing the Chinese.

Now, that the US has maintained the position of not intervening (unless a war breaks out) then China will probably pursue its objective.

Our only chance is the economic sanctions and making the US and its allies support that sanction. PNoy must work with the US in building a new trade pact that will replace whatever will be lost when we slap China with economic sanctions. Treat ASEAN as one solid economic bloc that will replace the lost Chinese market.

Definitely, we will enforce an enhanced sanction when the UN tribunal announces the decision. Let the US and the rest of the G7 plus EU support that effort.

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I also believe that EDCA with its implementing Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) should be reviewed rather than scrapped because the Philippines needs it to defend West Philippine Sea from China’s creeping incursions in the Philippine territories with joint military capability of US servicemen and military hardware.

Fanaticism and extreme measures by politicians and militants to scrap EDCA with VFA should be discouraged and replaced with common sense and respect for Filipino’s foremost constitutional right in protecting our territorial sovereignty from China’s creeping invasion rather than being fixated in the sexual crime of one US servicemen to a Filipino citizen which should be legally handled solely.

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