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China is building a string of artificial islands to fortify its position in the disputed South China Sea

China is constructing five man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea in an apparent effort to secure its sweeping territorial claims in the region, the Los Angeles Times reports. The largest island is being constructed at theShow More Summary

Top Stories: South African Apartheid Killer Freed; ISIS Hostages

yesterdayNews : The Two-Way

Also: Blasts at a mosque in Pakistan kill many people; China's education minister wants to ban Western values in college textbooks; and poet Rod McKuen dies.

The Midnight Guardian of the Serene Seas

An AV-8B Harrier jet sits on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, somewhere on the South China Sea on January 26th 2015. Waiting, and ready. Read more...

CO US 7th Fleet: Japan should start patrolling the South China Sea

The commander of U.S. 7th Fleet said Japan should start patrolling the South China Sea and said China’s claims in the region are resulting in, “unnecessary friction” with neighbors.In a Thursday interview with new service Reuters, Vice Adm. Show More Summary

The HD Aquarium

2 days agoOdd : Kottke.org

In the tradition of the 80-minute video of the South China Sea shot from the bow of a container ship, here's six high-definition hours of 8000 fish and other aquatic animals swimming in the massive Ocean Voyager tank at the Georgia Aquarium. Are you relaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaxed? (via @riondotnu) Tags: video

China's man-made islands in disputed waters raise worries

China is rapidly building five man-made islands from tiny reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, U.S. officials say, sparking concern that Beijing is growing more assertive in the disputed waters even as the United States boosts its own forces in the western Pacific.

Malice review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Higashino Keigo's Malice. Higashino is phenomenally successful in eastern Asia -- his native Japan as well as China and South Korea, where he is among the most successful...Show More Summary

India, China, and Letting the Balance of Power Do Its Thing

Paul R. Pillar India China, South Asia President Obama and his team scored an early success in the president's visit to India that didn't really require any effort on their part. The first 45 minutes of the president's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was devoted to discussing China, with the U.S. Show More Summary

Mercedes moves R-Class production to AM General in Indiana

The R-Class may be produced in the US, but though it's not available here any more, it hasn't been killed off entirely. It's still available in China, but now Mercedes has awarded the manufacturing contract to AM General in South Bend, IN. Show More Summary

The Philippines vs. China in the South China Sea: A Legal Showdown

Gregory B. Poling South China Sea, China Provoking an extreme reaction from China will not be in the Philippines’ interests, nor in those of the other South China Sea claimants, the United States, or the international legal order. The...Show More Summary

Two Companies Are Battling Over Oil In The South China Sea

Two Chinese oil companies show contrasting approaches in their attempts to operate in the South China Sea where, to the discomfort of its smaller neighbours, China's claims in disputed waters have grown increasingly assertive. One company's actions are adding to tensions in the area, while the other's may hint at a way to ease them. Show More Summary

Mental Health Break

Go full-screen for this, and don’t worry, you don’t have to watch the whole thing: From the description: 80 Minutes from the Bow of the Gunhilder Maersk as she traverses the South China Sea from Vietnam to China. Shot and assembled in 4K as a single take with no frame-breaks. (Hat tip: Kottke)

Teenage Girl Pulls Off $4.6 Million Diamond Heist

last weekOdd : Neatorama

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, a group of four individuals, including a girl estimated to be twelve to fourteen years old, made off with a 100-carat diamond necklace worth $4.6 million, with the teen being the one who physically took the jewels. Show More Summary

The Liaoning story says much about modern China

The South China Morning Post has published a terrific series on the remarkable story of a near-derelict unfinished Soviet aircraft carrier which was rebuilt by China to become its first carrier, the Liaoning. Most incredible is the revelation...Show More Summary

South China Sea: Jakobson and Glaser are both right

There has recently been a touch of disagreement on this site between Linda Jakobson of the Lowy Institute and Bonnie Glaser of CSIS about the motivations for China's actions in the South China Sea. In short, Jakobson argues that China's...Show More Summary

South China Sea: Does Xi have a grand strategy?

I am grateful to several people for commenting on my Lowy Institute Report China's Unpredictable Maritime Security Actors. To date I have received detailed and substantive feedback in over 40 emails, more than I usually do after publishing. Show More Summary

Beijing leaves little room for compromise in South China Sea

Linda Jakobson's recent report, China's Unpredictable Maritime Security Actors, is an important contribution for China watchers, especially for those who seek to understand the relationship between Chinese actions associated with its maritime disputes in Asia and its broader strategic approach to the region. Show More Summary

The endlessly rolling ocean

last weekOdd : Kottke.org

If you'd like to relax for 80 minutes, watch this 4K video shot from the bow of a container ship navigating the South China Sea. Strangely compelling. If you put this on the biggest, highest definition screen you have, it really looks like you're on the deck of a ship looking out at the ocean. Pretty cool. Tags: video

Highlights of China PR vs Australia and South Korea vs Uzbekistan games [VIDEO]

last weekSports / Football : EPL Talk

The 2015 AFC Asian Cup witnessed a unique event. That’s right, for the first time since the tournament kicked off, there was a game that didn’t have a conclusive result after 90 minutes. South Korea versus Uzbekistan has the ‘honor’ … Continue reading ?

Weekend catch-up: Charlie Hebdo, free speech, South China Sea, IMF and oil prices, Myanmar elections and more

Bringing together the best longer Interpreter articles you were too busy to read this week. In our first week back from the break, The Interpreter dedicated significant coverage to the tragic shootings at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and the subsequent global reaction. Show More Summary

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