Ramos said that the people he want to first meet with during his trip is Wu Shicun, president of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, a major think-tank based on China's southern island of Hainan Province. "At least there's great clarity about all those rocks and the like in the South China Sea ". "For example, in the Philippines we can declare certain reefs as marine protected area".
On August 8, a U.S. think-tank published satellite photographs it said showed that China had built hangars for dozens of military aircraft including jet fighters and bombers on three of its artificial islands in the Spratlys. "They are far thicker than you would build for any civilian objective", Gregory Poling, director of CSIS's Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, told the New York Times , which first reported on the new images.
Erdogan reiterated in a televised address earlier Tuesday that "actors inside acted out a scenario for a coup written from the outside", and those whom Turkey "imagined to be friends are standing by the coup plotters and by the terrorists".
Earlier this year Vietnam's Deputy Defence Minister, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Chi Vinh, told Reuters that Hanoi had no such launchers or weapons ready in the Spratlys but reserved the right to take any such measures. "Other countries should not use force or threat of force in South China Sea", Thanh said. Military analysts suspect that the rocket launchers are a part of the advanced EXTended Range Artillery (EXTRA) system Vietnam received from Israel recently.
Froome was bidding to emulate Sir Bradley Wiggins by winning the Tour and Olympic gold in the same year, after taking time trial bronze behind his compatriot four years ago. Three-time Tour de France victor Froome is the favourite for the hilly 54.5-kilometres course, which includes the Grumari climbs which were part of Saturday's road race.
Russia intends to resume cooperation with Turkey in the construction site, Russian President Vladimir Putin said over the course of a meeting with Turkish President Recep Erdogan and representatives of business circles. Turkey also sought Gulen's extradition but the U.S. demanded clear evidence. US officials from President Obama on down have said they have no control over extradition requests, which must go through an impartial legal process.