China has always been complaining of US operating surveillance activities within China's EEZ. Now that China has sent an uninvited intelligence collection ship to this event near Hawaii. US said welcome, which implying that US could do the same to China - continuing its intelligence gathering near China's coast.
How could PRC leaders possibly have problems with US "democracy promotion" (regime change) inside China, while its drones, planes, ships, and submarines roam a few dozen miles up and down China's shores 24/7/365? I can't see any reason why a "responsible stakeholder" would object to that.China has always been complaining of US operating surveillance activities within China's EEZ. Now that China has sent an uninvited intelligence collection ship to this event near Hawaii. US said welcome, which implying that US could do the same to China - continuing its intelligence gathering near China's coast.
Well, the comment of mine you quoted said nothing of this.
Loopholes in Manila legal position
To a large extent, Batongbacal also said, China is taking advantage of loopholes in the Philippines' legal position.
"This is on account of our implicit assumption that all islands are individually entitled to only 12 nautical miles territorial seas, leaving only Palawan's 200 nautical miles EEZ/CS to reckon with in determining legal rights over Chinese-occupied features," Batongbacal said.
"It also exploits Manila's concession that some of the Chinese position are entitled at least to 12 nautical miles territorial sea zones," he added.
Batongbacal said, apart from the limitations of the Philippine case as formulated, China is also relying on its trump card in the dispute: the status and potential maritime zones of Itu Aba.
Itu Aba Island is one of the northern Spratly Islands, and, since 1955, has been claimed and occupied by Taiwan. Itu Aba lies in the northwestern part of the Tizard Bank, a large coral reef with several islands on it, like Namyit Island (Vietnam). The Taiwanese call it Taiping Island.
"If Itu Aba were to generate a full 200 nautical miles EEZ (unlikely though it may be), the median line between it and Palawan would encompass all of the Chinese-occupied features including Mischief Reef. This clearly requires maritime delimitation which is outside the scope of the arbitration case," Batongbacal said.
The report also warned that China has made major strides with a range of satellites as well as anti-satellite jammers, saying it now had "the most dynamic space program in the world today."
Previous reports have noted China's focus on cyber and space weapons but this year's document included a special section on the country's massive dredging and island building in the strategic South China Sea.
Found some lower altitude pics.
There are so many ships/dredgers working on Meiji Island. Incredible.Mischief Reef
This pic was taken in March 2015. So I would expect it to be more developed now. Looking at the way things are going, a lot could happen in 2 months.Johnson South Reef - I'm guessing the structures on the left side are a central plant of sort.