China Is Winning The Tech Battle In The South China Sea


A police officer prepares a drone for display during a drill at a military base in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A police officer prepares a drone for display during a drill at a military base in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

Ryan Pickrell 2:46 PM 01/12/2017

China’s deployments of technological assets to the South China Sea may be aiding its efforts to dominate one of the world’s most contested waterways.

Other regional claimant states lack the capabilities to compete with China’s maritime technology, and the U.S. deploys its strategic assets on a non-permanent basis.

China, on the other hand, has deployed radars, drones, and satellites to significantly boost its ability to monitor its “territorial waters” in the South China Sea.

“China can use their technology or use defense to claim that we have strengthened our holding or our control, or administration or even our scientific research in the South China Sea,” Yun Sun, senior associate in the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, told Voice of America.

In the long run it is one way that could matter,” she added.

She stressed that while China’s extensive claims to the South China Sea were discredited by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague this past summer, “the Chinese can come up with a list of the equipment they deployed in the region and show that as evidence of sovereignty.”

Chinese deployments also give China the ability to monitor regional activities in a way that other states cannot.

China launched the Gaofen 3 satellite in August 2016 to “play an important role in monitoring the marine environment, islands and reefs, and ships and oil rigs,” the China Daily wrote, citing Xu Fuxiang, the project director.

The satellite “will be very useful in safeguarding the country’s maritime rights and interests,” the report added.

China revealed in September last year that it can now deploy domestically-produced drones to carry out “complicated surveillance” in the South China Sea and around the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

“Reefs and islands are an important parts of our national territory. Precise information of their geology is crucial evidence for the demarcation of territorial waters and for safeguarding national maritime interests and security,” Li Yingcheng, general manager of China TopRS Technology Co. Ltd., an affiliate with the Chinese Academy of Surveying & Mapping, told the People’s Daily.

The report called the drones “especially stealthy.”

China is also working on a defensive wall beneath the waves. At a Chinese underwater robot exhibition in March 2016, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), which builds a majority of China’s naval vessels, introduced plans for the construction of an“underwater Great Wall” for anti-submarine warfare purposes.

The project will rely on seabed sensors and unmanned underwater vehicles like the U.S. naval drone recently seized by the Chinese navy in international waters.

“We’re faced here with a very a non-uniform, uneven proliferation of new technologies in the South China Sea,” Collin Koh, a research fellow focusing on maritime security at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, told VOA reporters.

China’s military deployments often receive the most attention; however, the non-military strategic assets appear to also be impacting the situation in the South China Sea.

Source: Daily Caller “China Is Winning The Tech Battle In The South China Sea”

Note: This is Daily Caller’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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4 Comments on “China Is Winning The Tech Battle In The South China Sea”

  1. Fre Okin says:

    China should quickly deploy dozens of small drones launchable from the artificial islands to conduct FON around US destroyers, aircraft carriers if they dare to show up near the islands. Cheap swarm drones will make USN very uncomfortable. Show US the Chinese have kamikaze small swarm drones that could incapacitate her destroyers, aircraft carriers just by crippling their electronics making them inoperable. Small drones will be much harder to shoot down.

    Underwater, China should deploy dozens of Haiyan UUV to guard the islands. USN will be very fearful to come nearby in case these UUV are armed.

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  2. Simon says:

    To further legitimise Chinese soveriegnty over the SCS China should have the confident to allow Western journalists under the officialdom of China hosting their travel to Chinese controlled islands in SCS. We had BBC journos having to go to Manila and take a flight to disputed islands to be chased away by Chinese coastguard giving the wrong impression that China are the hostile invader.

    Chinese tycoons such as Jack Ma must be ask to invest in SCS islands so whenever such people visist abroad and do deals they will have a stake in SCS and the host countries, America included, would be force to accept Chinese sovereignty or risk upsetting business deals.

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  3. Mad Max says:

    1. Washington continues to be very hypocritical. If the U.S. can maintain forward bases all over the world such as Jeju, Yokohama, Okinawa, Guam, Marshall islands, and Diego Garcia, no reason China cannot.

    If the Nansha and Xisha islands are not recognised, the same will apply to the aforementiond U.S. military bases. It will be total war.

    In fact, China should maintained some bases off the U.S. mainland. Doesn’t matter if it is on man-made islands or structures or otherwise.

    Let’s hope the hawkish neocon warmongering words uttered by Tillorson and Mathis are just rhetorics for the neocons controlled Foreign Relations Committee’s consumption.

    The world is not in favor of war but in favor of peace and it is hoped peace will be achieved.

    2017 may see a bruising battle between psychpathic neocons and the rest of the American People. May a special Nuremberg court be established under the UN auspices to try the neocons under George W Bush, Obama/Hillary and even Bill Clinton (for the attacks and partition of Yugoslavia).

    2. The “Court of Arbitration”, as every now knows it, is a fake court. It is a private court not under the UN. What “jurisdiction” can such fake courts dictate to China or the rest of the world for that matter. The use of such fake corrupt “body” reflects poorly on the morals of the people who rigged this game of political one-upmanship. It is nothing but abuse of freedom and freedom of speech and action. There may be a case for the UN to take action on criminal grounds against this usurper.

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    • Tyler reber says:

      Western laws aren’t even respected in the West. The rules they created are only mentioned when they need a club to force others to do what they want.

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