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Chinese officials have created a 3,000m-long reef in the Spratly Islands Archipelago has been source of dispute between south Asian countries Vietnamese, Malaysian and Filipino forces all have airfields in the water The developing Fiery Cross Reef may become China’s first airbase Air force colonel said the military needed facilities in South China Sea

By Jennifer Smith for MailOnline

Published: 13:53 EST, 23 November 2014 | Updated: 16:05 EST, 23 November 2014

Chinese officials are building the first island large enough for its own airfield in the middle of disputed waters in the south sea.

Satellite images revealed that since reclaiming the Spratly Islands in August, workers have expanded one stretch of sand to make it long enough for aircraft to land and take off.

Dredgers are also creating a harbour to the east of the reef large enough to receive tankers and warships.

The 3,000m patch Fiery Cross Reef forms part of the archipelago which has been at the heart of territorial disputes for years.

Satellite images show that since reclaiming the Spratly Islands in August, workers have expanded one stretch of sand to make it long enough for aircraft to land and take off

While the islands, named after the British sailor Richard Spratly who discovered them in 1843, lie between the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia, they are host to a plethora of military machinery and resources owned by the Republic of China.

Fears that China intended to use the archipelago as a mineral-rich installation of military bases spread when officials began reclaiming the abandoned islands in August.

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The Spratly Islands are basically mounds of sand in the middle of the South China Sea, some of them barely tall enough to reach above the water. But China is hell-bent on making them inhabitable, even drawing up plans for floating energy and water plants. It has nothing to do with the islands themselves and everything to do with the water around it.

The South China Sea is one of the most disputed areas of the world, with China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Malaysia all claiming various chunks of it. The sea encompasses valuable shipping routes into Asia and holds vast amounts of untapped oil and gas reserves. You bet China wants a share of that.

But there’s a problem for China, which is that the islands it controls are not real islands long inhabited by people. They’re more like sandy atolls. That hasn’t stopped China though, which come up with creative ways to bolster their islands. They’re dumping sand onto reefs to create new islands and building a military base right in the middle of it all.

But to sustain a military base there, you need people, and you need to somehow make these barren islands inhabitable. That’s where the floating docks come in. Reporting from the Shiptec China 2014 exhibition, IHS Jane 360 has the details on the floating docks.

Two variants are under development. A base unit consists of a towed multifunctional platform and a bridge. [China Ship Scientific Research Center] said the platform can support the following capabilities: docking for 1,000-tonne ships, maintenance and repair stations for fishing vessels, an electric-power plant, fresh-water storage and supply, desalination of seawater, rainwater collection, and general storage of equipment and supplies.

A second platform variant is based on a semisubmersible vessel that can move under its own power, but not over long distances. The platform can be used for light construction and maintenance of an island, such as heightening sandbanks or removing reefs. CSSRC lists its additional capabilities as temporary living quarters for construction crews, and waste water treatment. The bridge is strong enough to carry a 10-tonne truck.

With floating docks in place, China could potentially settle the small islands much more quickly, giving them a stronger claim to the disputed waters. As China sees it, if life doesn’t hand you islands, then you just have to build your own. [IHN Jane's 360 via Popular Science]

Top image: Spratly Islands. NASA/Wikimedia Commons

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DPM says laws to prevent seditious statements must be maintained.

MELAKA: It is important for laws to prevent incitement such as the Sedition Act be maintained to enable the authorities to take stern action against any quarters who made statements which hurt the feelings of the countrys multiracial and multi-religious society.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who said this, stated that even if the Act were to be amended, the amendments should strengthen the role of the Act in protecting important matters that were enshrined in the Federal Constitution and in preventing seditious actions from becoming rampant.

I welcome the views of many parties including former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad who wants the Act to be improved by including a provision on Islam so that its position as the federal religion would not be wantonly questioned by irresponsible parties. Muhyiddin said this in his speech when opening the 15th Malay World Islamic World (DMDI) Convention with the theme, Moderation the Foundation of Unity of the Ummah, here, tonight.

Also present were Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Menteri Besar Idris Haron and DMDI president Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam.

Muhyiddin said the Act should also protect other religions from being insulted by any quarters.

He said the governments experience in managing race relations in Malaysia all this while showed the existence of comprehensive laws in curbing seditious actions, which was important to preserve peace and harmony.

Laws such as this (Sedition Act) are control mechanisms used as a last resort when certain parties cast aside compromise and racial tolerance, which have been the foundation for unity in this country.

In fact, other countries with a plural society such as Singapore have the same law and until today they dont intend to abolish it, he said.

The deputy prime minister said the views of some quarters that the existence of the law (Sedition Act) suppressed freedom of expression was incorrect.

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Chinas completion of an upgraded airstrip in the disputed Paracel Islands gives it another foothold in the South China Sea and risks sparking a renewed diplomatic rift with communist neighbor Vietnam.

Vietnam foreign ministry spokesman Le Hai Binh yesterday called the two-kilometer-long runway on Woody Island, part of the Paracel group, a violation of Vietnams sovereignty after photos of the project appeared in Chinese media this week. In July, a Chinese company removed an oil rig it had placed in contested waters off Vietnams coast after skirmishes between boats of the two countries and deadly anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam.

Chinas presence on the island it calls Yongxing, which houses banks, post offices and government buildings, is likely to further strain ties with fellow claimants to the South China Sea, through which some of the worlds busiest shipping lanes run. The military facility could spur countries such as Vietnam to turn to the U.S. for sophisticated maritime aircraft to counter Chinas actions.

It has a huge significance for Chinese ability to exercise its sovereignty claims over the South China Sea, Collin Koh, an associate research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said by phone. Vietnam is not going to let this go easily. Its going to lead to more diplomatic tensions.

Chinas runway violates international law and damages ties, Vietnam News cited foreign ministry spokesman Binh as saying. The move contravenes an accord between Vietnam and China on settling sea disputes and a 2002 agreement between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on conduct in the area, he said.

Clashes between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels near the oil rig during the summer highlighted Chinas limited maritime air surveillance in the region, according to Koh. An offer by Malaysia offer to host U.S. P-8 Poseidon surveillance airplanes in the country further unnerved China, he said.

The Woody Island outpost is set to become a military command and control network, he said.

Its not just about lengthening the runway, Koh said. Its about having shelters for small aircraft like jet fighters, underground bunkers for fuel and ammunition.

China considers much of the South China Sea its territory based on its nine-dash line map first published in the 1940s. The map covers an area that extends hundreds of miles south from Hainan Island and takes in the Paracels, which are claimed by Vietnam, and the Spratly Islands, some of which are claimed by the Philippines. China is creating artificial islands in the Spratly area.

China is sending a message to everyone in the world about its resolve to maintain what it perceives as its territorial integrity, Alexander Vuving, a security analyst at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, said by phone. China is hardening its position with all of these things.

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This is a guest post by Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tankDemos. You can follow him on Twitter at@jamiejbartlett

Does the creator of a technology have any moral responsibility for the uses to which it is put? It’s an old question. RememberOppenheimer’s famous quote, “I am become death; the destroyer of worlds”? Worried about the effect of his creation he determined, in the end, when making the atomic bomb, that it was the job of the scientist to make something if he or she could. Society can then determine what might be done with it.

Over the weekend,BBC Click ran an interviewwith two of the developers of the dark wallet, which is an application for the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The idea behind the dark wallet, simply put, is this: bitcoin transactions, although hard to track and monitor, are not entirely anonymous because the block chain keeps a public record of every bitcoin transaction made. Dark wallet obscures who is behind each transaction by using clever stealth addresses and a decentralised mixing system. While not making transactions perfectly anonymous, it’s a significant step forward.

Click showed an unverified Islamist blog, which suggested the terrorist group IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS) has potentially expressed an interest in dark wallet. The blog read dark wallet could “send millions of dollars worth of bitcoin instantly from the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ghana, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, or wherever else, right to the pockets of the Mujahideen”. It is, read the blog, “simple, easy, and we ask Allah to hasten its usage for us”. Amir Taaki, the chief developer behind the dark wallet, was quizzed by Click about whether he’d be comfortable with ISIS using the technology he’d built. With admirable honesty he replied: “Yeah.” Adding, “you can’t stop people using technology because of your personal bias. We stand for free and open systems where anybody can participate, no matter who you are”.

Many in the (sometimes vocal and aggressive) bitcoin community were unhappyabout how this had been reported, arguing that it was unfair to saddle bitcoin with IS. IS after all, uses plenty of other technologies far more than bitcoin — so why focus on this?

It’s a fair criticism — Bitcoin, and certainly the complicated dark wallet, is hardly the most useful system of financing for a group like IS given its other means. And as I’ve written elsewhere, Bitcoin has several invaluable societal benefits: such as transforming the wasteful and expensive system of making international remittance payments. Yet the BBC was correct to cover it. Almost anything IS does is newsworthy at the moment: especially when it comes to technology. That’s particularly the case when the creator himself doesn’t seem bothered by it.

To understand the reason Taaki was relaxed requires you to understand his ideology. I know something of this because I’ve spent a fair amount of time with him — including atCalafouin Spain, where he first started work on the project — and I wrote about the dark wallet in my bookThe Dark Net.Bitcoin advocates sit on a spectrum of belief, and many of them see the currency as a way of improving financial services. But Taaki, like some within the Bitcoin community is more radical, and could be loosely described as either a cryptoanarchist orcypherpunk. He is not interested in building neutral but effective technology: he sees dark wallet as a political project, a direct way of undermining state power. He believes that powerful encryption systems, like the dark wallet, can guarantee individual liberty in a more reliable way than any manmade law — and he’s hopeful it will help precipitate the collapse of modern national states.

With this radical world view, dark wallet has pitted itself directly against the more mainstream bits of the community. “Many prominent Bitcoin developers are actively in collusion with members of law enforcement and seeking approval from government legislators,” read the original dark wallet blurb. “We believe this is not in Bitcoin users’ self-interest, and instead serves wealthy business interests that make up the self-titled Bitcoin Foundation.” This divide — between those who see Bitcoin as a political or a financial project — runs through the heart of the community. In fact Taaki is probably closer to Bitcoin’s libertarian origins than all those suited businessmen currently falling over themselves to build bitcoin ATM machines or invest venture capital in the currency.The currency’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s posts on the Cryptography mailing list were littered with his libertarian outlook — and before that Bitcoin’s roots can be traced to the 90s libertarian cypherpunks, and cryptography geniusDavid Chaum.

Taaki knows that people will use the dark wallet to do bad things. He has, I am sure, no desire whatsoever to help IS — who are the apotheosis of his conception of individual liberty. Yet his overarching ambition is to create tools to secure freedom and defang the state. Some people will suffer in the meantime.

This question will keep coming up. Bitcoin protocols can do a lot more than currency exchange. There are social media platforms based on the same distributed system as Bitcoin, making them hard to close down, and its users very difficult to trace. Especially post-Snowdon, hundreds of people around the world have been working on a dazzling array of software to allow people to stay anonymous online. The direction of travel is towards more decentralisation, more powerful encryption, more distributed systems for anyone who wants it: Jitsi, Jabber, Darkmail, Mailpile, and more. That is good news for anyone who cares about freedom and democracy, especially in the less savoury parts of the world. But I daresay IS will be early adopters — as will other people looking to stay hidden for nefarious purposes.

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The Malay Mail Online By Ida Lim September 3, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 3 Angered by the sedition prosecution of their vocal law lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom, a group of University of Malaya (UM) scholars will lead a rally here next Wednesday to reclaim fully their academic freedom.

Student leader Vince Tan said the charge against Azmi over the latters comments on the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis, is an attack on institutions of higher learning, and voiced concern at the growing repression of intellectual thinking.

We feel there is an attack on academic freedom. We have come to a level that is beyond acceptable, because academic freedom in UM and Malaysia has gone so low. (An) academic can be charged for just stating an opinion in the field of his study.

So we are coming out with a protest together with academics in UM, September 10, 1pm to 2pm, the secretary-general of student rights group Progressive University of Malaya told Malay Mail Online when met at the court complex here yesterday.

The protest will be held at the universitys main bus stop, which is also the old Speakers Corner, the fourth-year law student said.

Tan said the rally was also to show the university student bodys support for Azmi and as a platform to press the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948.

Fahmi Zainol, University of Malaya Students Representative Council (MPPUM) president, similarly said: We demand that the universitys values, academic freedom be returned.

According to Fahmi, the organisations involved in this rally include the UM Academic Staff Association, MPPUM, the student group Pro-Mahasiswa University Malaya and the Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya (PMIUM).

Azmi was charged yesterday, under Section 4(1)(b) and 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act, for uttering and publishing an allegedly seditious claim that the events during the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis was legally wrong

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BEIJING: Terming Vietnamese claims over the disputed islands in the South China Sea as “ridiculous”, China today accused Vietnam of changing its stand since 1975 after having officially endorsed Chinese sovereignty over them.

Reacting to assertions by Vietnam claiming sovereignty over the Paracel islands in the South China Sea which China refers to as the Xisha islands, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang told a media briefing here that Hanoi’s claims are “very ridiculous”.

“Large amount of historical facts had proven that Xisha islands are China’s territory since ancient times,” he said.

“Vietnam has always gone back on its words. The credibility of this country is very low,” Qin said.

The war of words between Vietnam and China over the ownership of the islands heated up in recent weeks after Beijing deployed an oil rig in waters close to the islands, which was staunchly opposed by Hanoi.

While naval vessels of the two countries rammed into each other hundreds of times, four Chinese were killed and over 100 injured in anti-China riots in Vietnam in which over 460 factories mostly Chinese-owned were destroyed by mobs.

Beijing withdrew over 7,000 of its workers from Vietnam and demanded compensation for the victims.

China claims sovereignty over almost all of the South China Sea which is hotly contested by Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, who are backed by the US.

Defending Chinese claims over the islands, Qin said they were discovered and developed during ancient Chinese kingdoms and patrolled by their navies.

He said Vietnam officially endorsed Chinese sovereignty in a letter to China from its then prime minister in 1958 besides reflecting the same in Vietnamese official documents and textbooks.

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.KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s fall of 23 rungs in the 2013 World Press Freedom Index should not be attributed solely to government actions, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He said the actions of some opposition parties in blocking certain media from covering their events also affected the position of the country in the media freedom index.

“Therefore, it is not fair to blame the government as the only cause for the fall in ranking as other factors also contributed to the state of press freedom in the country,” he added.

He was winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the royal address at the Dewan Negara sitting, here, today.

The World Press Freedom Index issued by Reporters Without Borders, a non-profit organisation registered in France, showed that Malaysia fell to 145th position out of 179 countries last year compared to 122nd in 2012.

Ahmad Shabery said although media freedom in the country declined to 145th place, the government was open-minded, among which was doing away with the annual press permit renewal except for media which violated the law.

The question is why the fall? I was told the public’s perception is that the government is the enemy of media freedom. It is incorrect. The Philippines and Indonesia are also not in the best positions. Thailand is more or less the same with us,” he said.

Ahmad Shabery said interference by certain influential individuals could also contribute to the fall, for example, the act of an influential person in calling the news editor directly to determine a certain news also constituted press interference.

This could cause the fall in ranking of the country in press freedom, he added.

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