China reportedly prepares detailed military plans to seize Spratly Islands from the Philippines in 2014

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is reportedly drawing up plans to invade the Spratly Islands this year, 2014. China’s claim is based on an assertion that the Han Dynasty had “discovered” these islands in 2 BC. The islands were claimed to have been marked on maps compiled during the time of Eastern Han Dynasty and Eastern Wu (one of the Three Kingdoms). Since the Yuan Dynasty in the 12th century, several islands that may be the Spratlys have been labeled as Chinese territory, followed by the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty from the 13th to 19th Century. In 1755, archaeological surveys on the remains of Chinese pottery and coins have been found in the islands and are cited as proof for the PRC claim.

A report of business and strategy news platform Qianzhan (Prospects) in Mandarin was translated by English news site China Daily Mail and titled “Chinese troops will seize Pag-asa Island, which is called by China Zhongye, back from the Philippines in 2014.”

The report said the Philippines is so arrogant as to announce in the New Year that it will increase its navy and air force deployment at Pag-asa Island which is part of the disputed Spratly Islands.

“According to experts, the Chinese Navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea. The battle is aimed at recovery of the island stolen by the Philippines from China,” the report said.

The Philippines’ arrogance, the report said, is an intolerable insult to China.

“There will be no invasion into Filipino territories,” the report said.

Regional arms race: Philippine Navy BRP Gregorio del Pilar
Regional arms race: Philippine Navy BRP Gregorio del Pilar
The Spratlys (collectively referred to as Kalayaan by the Philippine government) are one of three archipelagos of the South China Sea (also known as the West Philippine Sea) which comprise more than 30,000 islands and reefs and which complicate governance and economics in that region of Southeast Asia. Such small and remote islands have little economic value in themselves but are important in establishing international boundaries. No native islanders inhabit the islands which offer rich fishing grounds and may contain significant oil and natural gas reserves.

About 45 islands are occupied by relatively small numbers of military forces from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan (ROC), Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Brunei has also claimed an exclusive economic zone in the southeastern part of the Spratlys encompassing just one area of small islands on Louisa Reef. This has led to escalating tensions between numerous countries over the disputed status of the islands.

Pag-asa island has been occupied by the Philippines since 1970s after the government purchased the whole Free Territory of Freedomland from Tomás Cloma. It has a 1,400-metre (1,500 yd) unconcretized airstrip (named as Rancudo Airfield) which serves both military and commercial air transportation needs. It was the only airstrip in the whole Spratly chain that can accommodate large aircraft, such as Philippine Air Force’s (PAF) C-130 cargo planes, until the ROC constructed an airstrip on Itu Aba in 2007.

An 1801 map of the East Indies Isles which shows the placement of the Spratly islands. Most of the names have changed since then. In 1956, a private Filipino citizen, Tomas Cloma, unilaterally declared a state on 53 features in the South China Sea, calling it “Freedomland”. As the Republic of China moved to occupy the main island in response, Cloma sold his claim to the Philippine government, which annexed (de jure) the islands in 1978, calling them Kalayaan. On June 11, 1978, President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines issued Presidential decree No. 1596, declaring the Spratly Islands (referred to therein as the Kalayaan Island Group) as Philippine territory.

The Philippine claim to the Spratlys on a geographical basis can be summarized using the assertion that the Spratlys are distinct from other island groups in the South China Sea, because of the size of the biggest island in the group. A second argument used by the Philippines regarding their geographical claim over the Spratlys is that all the islands claimed by the Philippines lie within its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone according to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This argument still requires that the islands were res nullius (that there was no prior effective sovereignty exercised over the territory), though. The Philippines also argue, under maritime law that the People’s Republic of China can not extend its baseline claims to the Spratlys because the PRC is not an archipelagic state.

On 2 August 2012, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring that China’s recent actions to unilaterally assert control of disputed territories in the South China Sea “are contrary to agreed upon principles with regard to resolving disputes and impede a peaceful resolution.”

In a statement released on 3 August 2012, United States Department of State deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell said that the US has a “national interest in the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law, freedom of navigation, and unimpeded lawful commerce in the South China Sea.” He added that the US does not take a position on competing territorial claims and that it urges all involved parties to clarify and pursue their territorial and maritime claims in accordance with international law. He further said the US is urging all parties to take steps to lower tensions in keeping with the 1992 ASEAN Declaration on the South China Sea and the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

A Mutual Defense Treaty between the US and the Philippines signed in 1951 states that “Each Party recognizes that an armed attack in the Pacific Area on either of the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common dangers in accordance with its constitutional processes,” which means that regardless of whatever lack of “position” the US government takes on the matter of the dispute itself could be trumped if ever military conflict between China and the Philippines escalates.

US V-22 Ospreys in action in Leyte in 2013
US V-22 Ospreys in action in Leyte in 2013
The US together with Great Britain have demonstrated a capability to rapidly deploy large military forces into the region back in November 2013 after super-typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda) devastated much of the central Philippine islands. The military hardware and personnel sent by the US alone, supposedly to aid in the relief and recovery effort following the disaster, was awesome to say the least. It consisted of a naval contingent led by the aircraft carrier USS George Washington equipped with more than 80 military aircraft including the state-of-the-art V-22 Osprey tiltrotor vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft (the first of its kind in the world put into active service). It is likely that the Haiyan disaster presented itself to the US military as an excellent opportunity to further evaluate the battle readiness of these new weapons systems.

The deployment of military resources into the region by the US and her allies in the days following the exit of Haiyan from the Philippines was swift and efficient and highlighted the usual severe and often fatal paralysis of the Philippine government in the face of crises requiring fast military response. Indeed, the Philippines has long relied on the United States for military defense. The Philippines’ military capability and state of military preparedness had progressively degenerated since the country gained its independence from the United States in 1946.

The country’s vulnerability to external threats was also exacerbated by a shortsighted 1991 decision to not renew the US’s lease on huge military bases it built all over the country. The US naval base in Subic Bay at its peak was capable of supporting 9,000 military personnel and was home to the US Navy Seventh Fleet back in the good ‘ol days. Furthermore, the US military presence there and in other parts of the Philippines contributed at least $1 billion to the national economy per annum. The Philippines also sits smack within vital sea lanes that serve most of East Asia, specifically the Straits of Malacca which is one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping lanes.

Chinese destroyer on goodwill visit to US in 2006
Chinese destroyer on goodwill visit to US in 2006
Since its withdrawal from the Philippines in 1991, US interest in Philippine affairs and wherewithal to honour its commitments under existing defense treaties has wavered. But the Philippines remains important to the US because it is located near the Straits of Malacca, is within missile and airstrike shot of one notably belligerent Korean regime, and is a more convenient staging platform for any sort of strategic “deterrence” position America aspires to taking in the next several years to balance military power in a region surrounded by the emerging might of China and India.

Unfortunately for the good guys, China remains committed to its resolve to enforce its claim on what it considers its territories in the area. According to China’s state media, a “counterstrike” will be launched against Philippine forces if the Philippine government does not stand down on its provocative activities in the area…

The overseas edition of the People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, said in a front-page commentary that the Philippines had committed “seven sins” in the South China Sea.

These include the “illegal occupation” of the Spratly Islands, inviting foreign capital to engage in oil and gas development in the disputed waters and promoting the “internationalization” of the waters, said the commentary.

The Philippines has called on the United States to act as a “patron”, while ASEAN has become an “accomplice,” said the commentary, which does not amount to official policy but can reflect the government’s thinking.

“The Philippines, knowing that it’s weak, believes that ‘a crying child will have milk to drink’,” the People’s Daily said, accusing Manila of resorting to many “unscrupulous” tricks in the disputed waters.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi had warned last year that “countries with territorial claims in the South China Sea that look for help from third parties will find their efforts ‘futile’, adding that the path of confrontation would be ‘doomed’.”

[NB: Parts of this article were lifted from the articles “Thitu Island”, “Spratly Islands”, and “Spratly Islands dispute” in a manner compliant to the terms stipulated in the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License that governs usage of content made available in this site. Photos of BRP Gregorio del Pilar, US Marine Osprey, and Chinese destroyer in Pearl Harbr courtesy Building for a Better Philippines, and China People’s Daily respectively.]


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This is part of Red China’s broader attempts to enforce the Philippine Sea/South China Sea as “its territory”, along with new edicts ordering international airlines and marine vessels to inform Chinese authorities of their itineraries, even though the area itself is basically international waters (and thus not really required).

Beijing wouldn’t be trying this, if they didn’t think they had a realistic chance of being successful at it.

The Americans should be asked to carpet bomb the Spratlys out of existence. Then deliver the pebbles to Beijing.


For sure, it’s not only Spratly Islands but the entire Philippines as well.

The Original Proud Pinoy III
The Original Proud Pinoy III
This is not something that just affects filipino. China is being increasingly aggressive in it’s expansionism. The next world war will definitely be fought in Asia, America has already begun withdrawing from all it’s ME conflicts and pivot towards Asia. America doesn’t want to pay it’s debt to China, what better to use the pretense of war to reject the debt. Their previous wars have been over any land with oil, but this time the debt is worth the war. Will we be proxies and pawns in this coming conflict? Given our worship of all things American, the answer is… Read more »

“Zhōngguó yǒu jù yànyǔ shuō – nàxiē shuí zài zhuōzi xiàmiàn duǒ zhǐ néng chī nítǔ”

Chinese proverb says those who are yellow will hide under desk and can eat our dirt


So…when’s China gonna claim the Philippines as their property as well?

Sea Bee

Original Proud Pinoy III…….Is the USA prepared to engage in nuclear war to save a couple of tiny uninhabited islands? Why should they? As far as “selling your souls” (what does that mean?) and your women?? If you do not want your women to sell themselves; make sure they have enough rice to eat. No one willingly prostitutes themselves.

Happy Kano

I do hope China does invade, the need to reminded who runs the world.

On a personal level, if it brings down the cost of LT barfines back to 500p like the good old days I will be CHEERIN lol!

Buy one filipina get one free, I can’t wait to go back to Angeles City, it’s definitely more fun in the Philippines! YOLO

Hyden Toro
First the V-22 Osprey is not made in U.S.A. It is designed and manufactured in Canada. It is just a Cargo Plane. It is used for support, not for combat. If your want a combat plane with Vertical Take Off capability. You can have the British Harrier Jet. It is easy to handle, and is good in combat. It was designed for Aircraft Carriers. It works like a Helicopter and a Combat Jet Fighter/Bomber, in one. Diplomacy can work for China. China is now beating its war drums. Mr. Aquino is again hiding in his Hole. There is no use… Read more »

Give China what they want, Philippines is a country of beggars, slaves, thieves and whores, they cannot defend or survive an attack from the red army.

Your only hope is the Americans, better start begging them now!


China can do that, AFP will not just watch and take our native lands.What they will do is depend our economic zone. As of this time media / social network do the publicity, We are not finish w/ Panatag shoal and china make West Philippines sea as their lake. News whether bluffed or real, we have an eye on you. Do what you supposed to do and the AFP will respond to your hostile action.

Reyco B. Basanez Pn reserve
Reyco B. Basanez Pn reserve

we as a filipino does not honored surrender we would rather to die for our country and if we all die dont forget that philippines is a mystic island many legend are born in other dimension we can kill all of you by any means we would rather surrender only to god if he told us to do so.remember that!!!!!!!!!!


Chinese Invasion Plan

One rowing boat.
One oarsman.
One soldier armed with 18th century musket,no need to bring the hardware (nuke subs, stealth fighters)as no opposition will be encountered.
One soldier to carry the large red flag.
One soldier to carry the picnic hamper.


Duwag presidente ntn pano may lahi silang chinese c Cory nmn ang ngpadami ng chiese d2 tamo c lucio tan d nkakasuhan

Pero hndi matatalo ng china ang Pilipinas noh.

Thomas Jefferson

The communist Chinese are the new imperialist aggressors of the twenty-first century. They now show their greed for the the maritime resources of the Republic of the Philippines. They are really after the strategic resources of oil and natural gas.The Mutual Defense Treaty with the United States of America will act as a deterrence to armed aggression/invasion. The question is… Are the Chinese willing to risk a war with the USA and its allies in the free world?

The PRC communist hierarchy setting a date for a possible invasion of the Spratley’s is not chest thumping but a real threat the Aquino administration must consider seriously. The ruling communist party are not a bunch of fools like those clowns in Malacanang. China always believed that the Philippines was once part of China that drifted away from the mainland during the last earth cycle change. But a German geologist claims that it was unlikely possible because the Philippines, he said, rose from the Pacific only some 3,500 years ago. Secondly, China is now claiming that a 2BC Han dynasty… Read more »
I don’t know much and my english is not that proficient. However, I do know one for sure – my own country has no means of fending itself against a giant like China. China knows that for a fact and knows that we’d be asking for help in the US if ever war (or something of a much smaller scale) breaks out. I feel humbled of the fact that the US is making an effort to stop China’s aggresiveness (they even claimed an island in Japan now…) over its neighboring Asian countries. And I am deeply ASHAMED of the leaders… Read more »
dinggol araneta divinagracia

It has been said; “God made the world, the rest are made in China”. And sages have spoken; “In the long run China will win”.

So, if there be war, let it come in my days, so that my children may live in peace -if there’s still a place to live.

faina lee

no doubt Chinese expansionist ambition will inevitable lead to armed confrontation among contending countries- its just a matter of time.It doesn’t help that we have a President continues to deliver `paper tiger’ like remarks(sorry this is already beyond this discussion’s purview). For me, we should come prepared for the inevitable. Our aim as a nation should be in having a navy that could match China’s and not rely on US dole-outs. This is not impossible if we start now.

In truth and in fact china’s Greediness started upon learning that ph waters are abundant in oil and gas resources, she knew for a fact ,that the ph.military are not well equipt to defend themselves..but communist ideology can never be at the top. The. Chinese people knew how good and brave Filipino was proven in the battlefield in south korea ,when the ph sent 1400 filipino soldiers against 40000 chinese…and what happened? The casualties in the sides of filipino soldiers were 24 and how many in the sides of China , only 7000. Hahhahaha…One American officer said “. Give… Read more »

history will tell that arm conflict with filipinos will be your biggest mistake, we will fight anyone to the end. chinese can’t even win against genghis khan. spanish use religion, american use education, japanese didn’t read history so we fight them for 3 years of occupation. go with the arms struggle and we will make sure that all chinese even filipino chinese will die in this conflict. i can’t wait to start.