China Builds World Largest Oil Rig to Exploit South China Sea OilPosted: March 6, 2017
I have pointed out repeatedly that what South China Sea claimants fight for is not the small reefs and islands but the rich energy and fish recourses there.
In this respect, no one can contend with China as it has built large artificial islands as fishery and fish farming bases and has the technology to build large oil rigs for energy exploitation. Cooperation with China is the only way out for other claimants and it is good for them as China is willing to cooperate with them.
The US pitted the Philippines against China in order to deprive China of its rights and interests in the area. It did help the Philippines obtain an arbitration award to that purpose, but dare not fight China to impose the award as China has geographical advantages in a war with the US.
As a result, the US can only strive for free of navigation in the South China Sea but dare not interfere with China’s exploration and exploitation of energy and fishing resources there.
Having realized that the US, though a long-term ally, cannot help it get anything in the disputed area, Philippine President Duterte took a 180 degree turn to separate with the US and develop close ties with China.
Now China is making great investment in the South China Sea. In addition to building large islands and facilities on them, according to Strait Times’ report “China launches world’s largest oil exploration offshore platform”, China has built Bluewhale 1, the world largest oil rig as tall as a 37-storey building specially designed for South China Sea.
Now, other claimants have to cooperate with China. Otherwise, all the resources will be exploited by China.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Strait Times’ report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-launches-worlds-largest-oil-exploration-offshore-platform