CHINA TO BEGIN DEEP WATER DRILLING IN DISPUTED SOUTH CHINA SEA

Fox News on May 8, 2012, published an AP report on China’s first deep water oil drill being ready to start production in the South China Sea amid an ongoing standoff with the Philippines in another section of the contested waters. Excerpts below:

The official Xinhua News Agency says China National Offshore Oil Corp’s rig will start operations on the 9th in an area 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Hong Kong. It will drill at a depth of 1,500 meters (almost 5,000 feet), Xinhua said in a report.

The area where the platform will be stationed does not appear to be under dispute, but southeast of it, ships from China and the Philippines continue a standoff over Scarborough Shoal.

That dispute has been going on since April 10…

China submitted a map to the U.N. in 2009 claiming virtually the entire South China Sea, but has not clarified the exact extent of its claims to the 200 islands, coral outcrops and banks spread over the potentially resource rich waters. Other claimants are Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.

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