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July 16, 1991 | Kevin Fox
Spratly Island chain is made up of more than 100 islets, reefs and atolls about 1,000 miles south of Hong Kong and 500 miles east of South Vietnam. The islands are scattered across an area measuring 500 miles by 560 miles in the South China Sea, but the total land area of the islands is less than two square miles. That land area varies during the typhoon season as many of the islands become partially or totally submerged.
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June 18, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
The Chinese navy conducted three days of exercises — including live fire drills — in the disputed waters of the South China Sea this week, escalating tensions over a potentially resource-rich area also claimed by some neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. The display of naval might hundreds of miles from China's southernmost border was widely seen as a warning to Vietnam, which this week conducted its own live fire drills near the Spratly Islands. Several countries claim sovereignty over the string of uninhabited volcanic rocks, which are ringed by jagged reefs and crusted with bird droppings but rendered attractive by virtue of the surrounding waters that are fertile fishing grounds and may cover significant reserves of oil and natural gas. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei all claim jurisdiction over some of the territory.
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July 25, 1992 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State James A. Baker III will arrive here today to find that the new world order, at least in Southeast Asia, has started without him. In its first annual meeting since the end of the Cold War, the six-nation Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations unexpectedly signed its first formal declaration on regional security in hopes of defusing rising tensions in the strategically important, potentially resource-rich South China Sea.
WORLD
November 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
China signed a landmark agreement with Southeast Asian countries on avoiding open conflict over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The Assn. of South East Asian Nations and China signed the deal in Cambodia. The pact said claimants would practice self-restraint in activities that could spark disputes, such as inhabiting the islands.
NEWS
March 15, 1988
Chinese and Vietnamese ships exchanged fire near disputed islands in the South China Sea, and each side accused the other of firing first, news reports said. The exchange took place near the Spratly Islands, a group of islets and reefs claimed by Vietnam, China and the Philippines. The incident prompted protests from both Hanoi and Beijing.
WORLD
November 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
China signed a landmark agreement with Southeast Asian countries on avoiding open conflict over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. The Assn. of South East Asian Nations and China signed the deal in Cambodia. The pact said claimants would practice self-restraint in activities that could spark disputes, such as inhabiting the islands.
NEWS
November 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Philippine navy has arrested 20 Chinese fishermen who were found near a reef claimed by Manila in the disputed Spratly Islands, a military spokesman said. The Chinese were aboard six fishing boats loaded with fish when they were found by patrol ships about five nautical miles from Mischief Reef, Maj. Romulo Gualdrapa said. He was speaking at a military base at Puerto Princesa, about 360 miles southwest of Manila.
NEWS
April 6, 1988 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
China accused Vietnam on Tuesday of preparing for war in the disputed Spratly Islands, warning that Hanoi must stop immediately what it termed the "invasion and occupation" of the islands. Since mid-March, when naval forces of the two countries clashed near the South China Sea islands, "the Vietnamese side has continued to seize and occupy Chinese islands and atolls under the pretext of undertaking rescue operations," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
NEWS
March 18, 1988 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Vietnam called Thursday for a cease-fire and negotiations with China to end a territorial dispute over the Spratly Islands that flared into fighting early this week. Le Mai, Vietnam's ambassador to Thailand, told reporters here that the proposal was handed to the Chinese ambassador in Hanoi. He said there has been no immediate Chinese response.
WORLD
September 24, 2002 | From Associated Press
A Philippine governor said Monday that he has sent settlers and officials to an island guarded by Philippine troops in the South China Sea's disputed Spratlys archipelago to boost his country's territorial claim to the area. Gov. Joel Reyes of Palawan said about 90 Filipinos left the province Sunday aboard a navy ship for Pag-asa island to try to build a community there.
NEWS
December 15, 1998 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
China's recent construction of "fishermen shelters" in the Spratly Islands off the Philippine coast has heightened regional tensions and raised concerns in Southeast Asia that Beijing is seeking to expand its military influence. The increased Chinese activity in the strategic island chain was detected last month by Philippine reconnaissance planes.
NEWS
November 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Philippine navy has arrested 20 Chinese fishermen who were found near a reef claimed by Manila in the disputed Spratly Islands, a military spokesman said. The Chinese were aboard six fishing boats loaded with fish when they were found by patrol ships about five nautical miles from Mischief Reef, Maj. Romulo Gualdrapa said. He was speaking at a military base at Puerto Princesa, about 360 miles southwest of Manila.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1996
What The Times didn't say in its March 7 editorial criticizing the House Republican defense of Taiwan is more disturbing than what you did say. Not one of the 300 words in your attack piece was critical of Communist China's aggression toward its Asian neighbors. No condemnation of China's launch of missiles into target areas a few miles away from Taiwan's two largest port cities and millions of people--an outrageous act of intimidation. Nor does The Times mention the dismal human rights record of China's Communist dictators, their accelerating military buildup, oppression of Tibet, intellectual property piracy, military aggression against Filipino possessions in the Spratly Islands and other atrocities against their own people and their democratic neighbors.
OPINION
May 21, 1995
For most Americans, as for most Asians, the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea remain a place of obscure insignificance. Yet the Spratlys could soon become alarmingly well-known. Strategists count a number of potential flash points in Asia. The Spratlys may be moving toward the top of the list. The barren Spratlys, which include about 200 islets, reefs and atolls, sprawl across 150,000 miles of the South China Sea, an area about the size of Montana.
NEWS
May 17, 1995 | CHARLES P. WALLACE and ABBY TAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With anxiety already high among Southeast Asian nations about a perceived threat of Chinese expansionism, China warned the Philippines on Tuesday that it could face "serious consequences" over a disputed South China Sea island. The warning followed a weekend confrontation at sea in which Chinese fishing trawlers intercepted a Philippine naval vessel carrying journalists to see Chinese construction on Mischief Reef, 150 miles west of the Philippine island of Palawan.
NEWS
July 25, 1992 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Secretary of State James A. Baker III will arrive here today to find that the new world order, at least in Southeast Asia, has started without him. In its first annual meeting since the end of the Cold War, the six-nation Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations unexpectedly signed its first formal declaration on regional security in hopes of defusing rising tensions in the strategically important, potentially resource-rich South China Sea.
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