South China Sea: Fiery Cross Reef a Signpost to Chinese Security Policy

By Andrew Reynolds, 5 December 2014. Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s insistence on China’s “peaceful rise“, China’s ongoing program of island reclamations and infrastructure development in the Spratly Islands threatens regional stability. Regional states remain concerned about China’s long-term strategy for the South China Sea (SCS). A recent IHS Jane’s article detailed China’s recent land-reclamation project on Fiery Cross Reef, in the Spratly Islands. According to the Jane’s report, China … Continue reading South China Sea: Fiery Cross Reef a Signpost to Chinese Security Policy

China’s Oil Rig Diplomacy

By Andrew Reynolds, 15 June 2014 China’s current oil rig crisis with Vietnam is not in essence a sovereignty dispute – it is all about China asserting power China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC’s) May 2 towing of oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 into the South China Sea (SCS), 120 nautical miles off the Vietnam coast and ostensibly within Vietnam’s 200nm continental shelf Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), … Continue reading China’s Oil Rig Diplomacy