China Warships To Contested Gas Field

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  1. China has sent five warships, including a guided missile destroyer, to Chunxiao gas field in the East China Sea.

    China is apparently thus reinforcing its claim to natural gas which is also claimed by Japan.

    "China deploys ships to area Japan claims
    Tensions rise as fleet of warships appears near disputed gas field just days before election and a few weeks before drilling is to begin" by Norimitsu Onishi and Howard French. 11 September 2005
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/09/11/MNGDGELU7M1.DTL
     
  2. If you think that's bad, just wait and see what'll happen with the Spratly Islands. Sooner, rather than later.

    You can check their Wikipedia entry here.
     
  3. Rather chilling reading.
     
  4. Jap has best oriental navy so could get intresting. Think it will end with some serious jaw jaw, but China is sensitive on what it considers Traditional Chinese territory.
    john
     
  5. Think there was a book bysome septic about China annexing the Spratly's .
    They do seem to be flexing their military muscle at the moment, and haven't we been saying that they are the power to watch and be wary of?
    The Chinese are the biggest growing economy in the world and the largest importer of fossil fuels in the world, so the oil/gas fields in that area would be a welcome gain for them.
    Do remember that some American oil exploration was done early 80's in the area, but was shelved at the time as uneconomic, but times change and life is cheap in China .
     
  6. Wouldn't that be a Tom Clancy book? Or was it Larry Bond?
     
  7. May have been Clancy, don't remember off-hand.
    But did read in several papers that the plot wasn't too far fetched, and i think one of the reviewers was Sandy Woodward
     
  8. Every man and his dog claims all or some of the Spratlly Islands. This includes nations who have defence agreements with the US, Britain and Australia so it has the potential to get very nasty. However, the Chinese know this as well an the term MAD springs to mind.
     
  9. Larry bond did one about Korea and the US haveing a bust up, called Red Pheinox.
     
  10. It's Tom Clancy - SSN. Not one of his better efforts (think it was supposed to be a companion to a computer game).

    lancslad
     
  11. If they do kick off.... does this mean I'll have to boycott Crispy Aromatic Duck from my local Chinky?


    Best get the diplomats talking right now!!!!!!!!!!




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  12. The last part of Clancy's "Debt of Honor" was about 'planes crashing into buildings in Washington D.C. so he's quite often on the ball. From his Acknowledgements pages it is obvious that he talks with and listens to U.S. security specialists - it's a shame that the U.S. Administration doesn't appear to...:roll:
     
  13. wasn't it one plane crashing into a building ? The pilot of the plane was a Captain Sato. One of the Clancy novels was a bout arabs exploding a nuke at the superbowl ! scary thought.
     
  14. Yes, one 'plane into the Capitol Building IIRC - not sure why I used the plural for both in my previous post.
     
  15. Already done - SSN by Tom Clancy, one of the most boring books ever written.

    Edit:
    Bugg*r! - Lancslad beat me to it.