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#1241 Charles

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 1404 PM

China made a new dredger.

NANJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese-made dredging vessel, the largest of its kind in Asia, started water testing in east China's Jiangsu Province Friday.
The 140-meter-long vessel, with the designed capacity to dredge 6,000 cubic meters per hour, can dig as deep as 35 meters under the sea floor.
The vessel named "Tian Kun Hao" was funded and designed by Tianjin Dredging Co. Ltd. associated with China Communication Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC) and was built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co. Ltd.
"The electronic vessel is able to dredge an area the size of a soccer field with a depth of one meter within one hour," said Wang Jian, deputy chief engineer of CCCC Tianjin Dredging.
He said on sea floor with rocks, the vessel's 6,600-kilowatt dredging equipment can mince hard rocks and pump the silt into the vessel, where it can be automatically blown out as far as 15,000 meters away.
The vessel is expected to be delivered in June next year.

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So this dredger can blow silt 15km away, fuck me, that's impressive.

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 1426 PM

It's probably 15km through a tube rather than like able to shoot up 15km into the sky that distance.

In any case, many of the pictures of them doing the reclamation work in the Spratly island group 2-3 years ago with multiple dredgers looked as if the dredgers had flexible tubes for dumping the silt that didn't look even close to 15km, maybe not even in near 1km long. So it sounds like a big upgrade.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 2157 PM

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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will make a diplomatic protest to China, which the southeast Asian nation’s defense minister described as having reneged on a promise not to militarize artificial islands in the busy South China Sea waterway.

 

https://www.reuters....d-idUSKBN1EY0H8


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Posted 18 January 2018 - 1159 AM

The PRC reneging? Shocking. What says Philippines Trump?
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Posted 20 January 2018 - 0520 AM

The PRC reneging? Shocking. What says Philippines Trump?

 

Not much. But if he can't get backing for any major statement from the US, or to a lesser extent, from Japan and Australia, then his statements alone don't mean much. So it's a little hard to blame him. He recently gave China the OK to do science exploration together with the University of the Philippines in Benham Rise. I think the North Korea issue is tying up any leverage that the US or Japan have on China right now. I suspect the US is giving general priority to the security of Taiwan over the SCS as well. Worst case scenario within the scope of foreseeable outcomes in the near term regarding SCS would probably be China doing land reclamation on Scarborough Shoal. So if things stay short of that, then satisfactory enough perhaps.. In the meantime, the Philippines needs to develop a stronger economy to give itself some more weight to throw around.


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 0655 AM

Speaking of Scarborough Shoal, a US destroyer went near it and China sent warning messages to it.

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http://www.scmp.com/...outh-china-seas


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Posted 23 January 2018 - 0051 AM

It took Manila a while, but it finally did respond in the form of a statement of firm Filipino resolve against China by Philippines' Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as follows:

 

"They are not telling us to go away because we are now trying to make friends (with China). Our fishermen can now make their livelihood there," Mr Roque said. "So for us, that is really a problem of America because we have come to a point that we now have an independent foreign policy," he said, referring to the Chinese protest against the US warship's passage near Panatag Shoal/Scarborough Shoal. "The problem of America today is no longer the problem of the Philippines."

 

And this firm Filipino resolve against China and Chinese was the foundation, together with TPP, upon which containment of Chinese influence via Washington's pivot to Asia, was supposed to be based on.


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 2044 PM

Philippines used Japan donated patrol aircraft to observe Scarborough Shoal, finds 9 Chinese vessels that include 4 coast guard ships.

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 0708 AM

Next Month, the UK will sail a frigate through South China Sea in a FONOPs way.

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http://www.globaltim...t/1089609.shtml


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