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Winning Vietnam Defends A Line In The Sand

Winning Vietnam Defends A Line In The SandSince 2019 Vietnam has been visibly improving its military facilities on several of the Spratly islands that China has been claiming even though the islands are closer to Vietnam and were often occupied by Vietnamese civilian or military facilities. The latest Vietnamese improvements are most obvious (via commercial satellite photos) on West Reef and Sin Cowe Island. The most obvious change in West Reef is that it is now larger (28 hectares/70 acres) and most of it is recently dredged up sand. Sim Cowe also had about 11 hectares of land added via dredged up sand. Most of that new land is now covered with military structures, including bunkers for coast defense guns or missiles, radars and ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) sensors plus landing pads (for helicopters) or short airstrips. Although Russia is an ally of China, that has not halted the sale of Russian submarines and other weapons to Vietnam. The United States recently proposed installing about $5 billion worth of missiles and sensors on islands within or near the South China Sea that are threatened by China.

How U.S.-China War in the South China Sea Could Start in 2034

How USChina War in the South China Sea Could Start in 2034In the year 2034, U.S. naval destroyers enter the waters of the South China Sea, where they eventually encounter a heavily armed Chinese vessel.

Apparently, it all goes downhill from there.

Relentless cyberattacks put a stranglehold on the United States’ ability for strategic action, and the devastating sea battles lead to thousands of lives lost on both sides.

That’s the lethal scenario imagined in the recently published 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, which was co-authored by combat veteran Elliot Ackerman and Adm. James Stavridis, a former supreme allied commander of NATO.

Vietnam’s deft diplomacy amid China versus US tensions

Vietnams deft diplomacy amid China versus US tensionsVietnam following its chairmanship in ASEAN in 2020 as well as the ongoing membership as a permanent member of the UN Security Council has provided the country with more maturity and adept outlook in addressing both security concerns as well as political manoeuvring in Southeast Asia. Vietnam has been very cautious of the fact that it cannot court the US as a guarantor of its stakes in South China Sea while at the same time could not annoy China to the verge of having a military dispute with a large communist country.

Biden's China reset is already on the ropes

On Mar. 18, senior American and Chinese officials will meet in Anchorage, Alaska, to discuss the tense state of U.S.-China relations.

Bilateral relations spiraled precipitously during the Trump years. Many keen observers thought that the new Biden administration might reflexively adopt an anti-Trump stance, and urgently adopt cooperation with China on global challenges, such as climate change.

U.S. Wants India’s Help on China, but There Are a Few Sticking Points

U.S. Wants Indias Help on China but There Are a Few Sticking PointsThe Biden administration is working to embed India in a network of countries in sharp competition with China, though they need to smooth over disagreements that include human rights and New Delhi’s acquisition of a Russian defense system.

Highlighting the push was Friday’s virtual meeting between President Biden and the prime ministers of two longtime treaty allies—Australia and Japan—as well as of India, the fourth country in the so-called Quad and the least developed economically.

Biden's China reset is already on the ropes

Derek GrossmanOn Mar. 18, senior American and Chinese officials will meet in Anchorage, Alaska, to discuss the tense state of U.S.-China relations.

Bilateral relations spiraled precipitously during the Trump years. Many keen observers thought that the new Biden administration might reflexively adopt an anti-Trump stance, and urgently adopt cooperation with China on global challenges, such as climate change.

China is targeting Vietnam

China is targeting VietnamGiven China’s new moves in the South China Sea and in relations with ASEAN countries recently, observers believe that China is targeting Vietnam so as to force the country to follow its trajectory.

1. In the South China Sea, China is taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to strengthen its military presence in the South China Sea, expand its claims deeper into the waters of its neighbors. In particular, China has undertaken many activities in the South China Sea aiming at Vietnam. Specifically, China has continuously conducted exercises in the Paracel archipelago, a disputed area that concerns only Vietnam and China and in the Gulf of Tonkin, where Vietnam and China have signed a delimitation agreement since 2000.

Australia - India bilateral defence agreement and its implications

downloadOn June 5th 2020, after a bilateral virtual Summit, Australian Prime Minister Morrison and his Indian counterpart Modi announced the signing of two landmark defence arrangements within the framework of Australia – India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) and the Defence Science and Technology Implementing Arrangement (DST). Under LEMOA, military ships and aircraft of both states shall refuel and get access to the maintenance facilities in each other’s maritime military bases.

The World China wants: How power will and won’t reshape Chinese ambitions

The World China wants How power will and wont reshape Chinese ambitionsDoes China want to transform the global order to advance its own interests and to reflect its own image? That may be the most important question in geopolitics today, yet the answers it elicits tend to reveal more about modern biases than they do about what a future Chinese superpower would look like. Those who want to project forward to a malevolent, expansionist China point to evidence of aggression in Beijing’s posture today. Those with a less apocalyptic view highlight more accommodating features in Chinese policy or note that China will face plenty of challenges that will keep it from reshaping the world even if it wants to. Many Western observers see a burgeoning new Cold War, with China serving as a twenty-first-century version of the Soviet Union.

Voices for international law in the South China Sea at the 37th ASEAN summit meetings

Voices for international law in the South China Sea at the 37th ASEAN summit meetingsFrom November 12 to 15, 2020, meetings within the framework of the 37th ASEAN Summit were hosted online by Vietnam, marking the end of a year of turbulence and challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the increasingly complicated situation in the South China Sea and power rivalry, the South China Sea issue is always a hot topic at the ASEAN meetings in 2020. As for the ASEAN 37th Summit and related meetings, the South China Sea issue was discussed in almost all of them in the spirit of upholding the rule of law.

South China Sea: how a Spratlys radar system could give the PLA an information edge

South China Sea how a Spratlys radar system could give tChina’s sweeping communications network in the Spratlys will have a decisive role to play in Beijing’s crisis management plans to deal with its increasing tensions with the US in the South China Sea, according to military reports and analysts.

Several scenarios under consideration in Beijing feature the seven artificial islands which cover about 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres) of coral reefs in the disputed Spratly archipelago.

A report in Chinese military magazine Naval and Merchant Ships, said the US had tried to create a “grey zone” by forming a mini “Nato” in the Pacific to counter China, in a C-shaped arc linking India, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

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