Although the CCG operates a number of decommissioned PLAN ships, the choice of a warship hull for a newbuild coastguard vessel is slightly surprising as naval construction usually increases the cost due to the extensive compartmentalisation of the ship required to enhance its watertight integrity.
However, the number and rate of build of the Type 056 corvettes indicates the PLAN is satisfied with the performance and capabilities of these ships. It is not known how many vessels of this type are required by the CCG but if it is only a small number, it may be more cost-effective to draw on a proven hull design than start from scratch. Another benefit the CCG may be seeking in adopting the Type 056 hull is to improve logistics support and reduce maintenance costs by increasing commonality with systems used by the PLAN.
US Navy: Beijing creating a 'great wall of sand' in South China Sea
Commander of US Pacific fleet says China is building artificial land in disputed waters by pumping sand on to live coral reefs and paving them with concrete
A Chinese flag flies from a structure on the Mischief Reef off the disputed Spratlys archipelago in the South China Sea in 1999. Chinese land reclamation in the area has increased considerably.
China is "creating a great wall of sand" through land reclamation in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions, the commander of the US Pacific fleet said on Tuesday.
Admiral Harry Harris Jr told a naval conference in Australia that competing territorial claims by several nations in the South China Sea are "increasing regional tensions and the potential for miscalculation".
"But what's really drawing a lot of concern in the here and now is the unprecedented land reclamation currently being conducted by China," he said.
"China is building artificial land by pumping sand on to live coral reefs – some of them submerged – and paving over them with concrete. China has now created over 4 square kilometers (1.5 square miles) of artificial landmass," he said.
Harris said the region is known for its beautiful natural islands, but "in sharp contrast, China is creating a great wall of sand with dredges and bulldozers over the course of months".
China claims virtually all of the South China Sea. The Philippines and other countries that have territorial disputes with China in the busy sea have been particularly concerned by the land reclamation projects, which have turned a number of previously submerged reefs in the Spratlys archipelago into artificial islands with buildings, runways and wharves. The islands could be used for military and other facilities to bolster China's territorial claims.
Harris said the pace of China's construction of artificial islands "raises serious questions about Chinese intentions".
He said the United States continues to urge all claimants to conform to the 2002 China-Asean Declaration of Conduct, in which the parties committed to "exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability".
"How China proceeds will be a key indicator of whether the region is heading toward confrontation or cooperation," he said.
The US says it has a national interest in the peaceful resolution of the disputes in a region crucial for world trade. China says its territorial claims have a historical basis and objects to what it considers US meddling.
Harris said the United States is on track to reposition 60% of its navy to the Pacific fleet by 2020.
"By maintaining a capable and credible forward presence in the region, we're able to improve our ability to maintain stability and security," he said. "If any crisis does break out, we're better positioned to quickly respond."
US Navy: Beijing creating a 'great wall of sand' in South China Sea | World news | The Guardian
China is on its way to claim the world as their own.China 'aggressively' expanding into South China Sea says US
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells US senators there is a worrying trend of conflict between China's neighbours over expansion
A Chinese Coast Guard vessel passes near the Chinese oil rig, Haiyang Shi You 981 in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) from the coast of Vietnam. The US says it is concerned at China's aggressive exertion of sovereignty in the sea.
China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" effort to exert sovereignty, the US intelligence chief said Thursday.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats. His comments underscore US concern over land reclamation activities that could fuel tensions between China and its neighbours over disputed islands and reefs.
"Although China is looking for stable ties with the United States it's more willing to accept bilateral and regional tensions in pursuit of its interests, particularly on maritime sovereignty issues," Clapper said.
He described China's claims traced by a so-called nine-dash line a rough boundary covering more than 80 percent of the South China Sea as "exorbitant."
The US is not a claimant of territory in the South China Sea but does claim a national interest in the peaceful resolution of the disputes in a region crucial for world trade.
China says its territorial claims have a historical basis and objects to what it consider US meddling.
Sen John McCain, the committee's Republican chairman, displayed commercial satellite imagery showing expansion of the Chinese-occupied Gaven Reef in the Spratly Islands in the past year.
He said China's expansion could allow it to employ weaponry, including anti-air and other capabilities.
Clapper said China was still in a construction phase so it was unclear what weaponry or forces it might deploy there.
He said such Chinese activities in the past year-and-a-half, combined with oil drilling near disputed islands that caused conflict with Vietnam, was a "worrying trend."
The Centre for Strategic and International Studies last week said Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan have over the years modified existing land masses in the South China Sea, and the Philippines is planning to upgrade an airport and pier on an island it occupies.
But among the claimants, China is unusual in how it has been "dramatically changing the size and structure of physical land features," the think tank said.
China has had a troop and supply garrison at Gaven Reef since 2003, but it began significant construction there last year, building a new artificial island, more than 18 acres in size. The main building on the new island appears to have an anti-aircraft tower, the center said.
China 'aggressively' expanding into South China Sea says US | World news | The Guardian
Maybe tt is time for the US to be spurred into stitching together the Strategic Alliance in the Pacific Rim and take on China.Obama: China 'using muscle' to dominate in South China Sea
The US is concerned China is using "sheer size and muscle" to strong-arm smaller nations in the row over the South China Sea, Barack Obama says.
The US president's comments came amid heightened focus on Beijing's construction of artificial islands in disputed areas of the sea.
On Thursday a US think tank released images showing land reclamation work on a reef claimed by the Philippines.
China says the work is needed to safeguard its sovereignty.
China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with several other Asian nations including Vietnam and the Philippines.
They say China is illegally reclaiming land in contested areas to create artificial islands with facilities that could potentially be for military use.
Images have emerged of work in multiple areas in the Spratly islands, which several nations claim.
The most recent images, from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, showed work on Mischief reef.
The think tank published before-and-after satellite pictures showing man-made islands with runways and harbours, and Chinese vessels dredging sand on to the reef.
Asked about the issue during a visit to Jamaica, Mr Obama said the views of smaller claimant nations had to be considered.
"Where we get concerned with China is where it is not necessarily abiding by international norms and rules, and is using its sheer size and muscle to force countries into subordinate positions," he said.'
"We think this can be solved diplomatically, but just because the Philippines or Vietnam are not as large as China doesn't mean that they can just be elbowed aside."
Hours earlier, China gave one of its most detailed comments on the issue at a foreign ministry daily press briefing.
Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said (transcript in Chinese) that China had "indisputable rights" to the Spratly islands, and that it was only "protecting the country's national sovereignty and maritime rights".
The construction was to serve troops protecting the area and civilian activity such as search and rescue operations, scientific research and commercial fishing, she said.
"The structures... do not affect, nor are they targeted at, any particular country," she said, adding that China would "continue to strengthen" its activities in the area.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes: China's Island Factory
I stare out at the endless rolling waves. On the horizon the sky is dark and threatening. Then my eye is caught by something sticking up above the waves. It looks like an oil or gas-drilling platform. What on earth is it doing here?
As we get closer, to my right, I am sure I can now see something pale and sandy beside the platform. "That looks like land!" I say. It can't be. I look at my GPS.
There is no land marked anywhere near here, only a submerged reef of the Spratly Island chain. But my eyes are not deceiving me. A few kilometres away I can now clearly see the outline of an island.
In recent days, several senior US officials have weighed in on China's land reclamation work, warning it raises regional tensions.
The commander of the US Pacific fleet, Adm Harry Harris, said in a speech in Australia last week that China was "creating a great wall of sand with dredges and bulldozers".
He said that work to date had created more than 4 sq km (1.5 sq miles) of artificial land mass.
US Navy Lt Cmdr Wilson VornDick wrote in an analysis on the CSIS website: "It appears that China's building projects are part of an expansive territorial grab or to make China's disputed Nine-Dash Line claim a reality."
The Nine-Dash line is a boundary which China uses to demarcate its claims in the South China Sea. It is not recognised outside China.
The row has already led to conflict. When China placed an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam last year, anti-China riots erupted.
The Philippines has filed a complaint with UN's Permanent Court of Arbitration - but China says it will not engage with the case.
Obama: China 'using muscle' to dominate in South China Sea - BBC News
The USA Government never said the diaoyu island's sovereignty belong to japan, only the rule rights.falkland is claim by UK, hawii is part of US, so does guam. daiyu island is part of japan, yet its closer to taiwan. distance is never really a factor here.
by history daiyu island should be part of taiwan or china. and china has ScS record in 1500's
China will have the biggest market in the world. Next ten years , we will provide the huge market for neighboring countries and area.Maybe tt is time for the US to be spurred into stitching together the Strategic Alliance in the Pacific Rim and take on China.
Likewise, economic sanction maybe thought of by those affected and they and could break relationship with China and isolate it from Asia.
China maybe thus socially otracised.
A country may have a huge economy and humming industries, but if it does not have a market, then it will be up for deep trouble.
Indeed.China will have the biggest market in the world. Next ten years , we will provide the huge market for neighboring countries and area.
Go beat your jungle drums!China's growth slows to 7% in the first quarter
China's economic growth slowed further in the three months to March this year, expanding 7% compared to a year earlier, its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in 2009.
China's growth slows to 7% in the first quarter - BBC News
Beat your jungle drum is ecstatic joy.Sorry ,What is the meaning of "Go beat your jungle drums!" ?
7% Growing , the second economic of the world. I think it's good.
Well, just laughing at my opinion.Beat your jungle drum is ecstatic joy.
What is good is not really good since China wants to be an unstopping giant and the best in everything.
Reality facing them in the face and the fact that they are on the losing spectrum is very demoralising.
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