The East Sea

India - Japan - South China Sea

India - Japan - South China SeaOn November 30th, 2019, in New Delhi, India, Japan and India held the first 2+2 Security Dialogue with the participation of Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono and his Indian counterpart, Rajnath Singh.

At the dialogue, India and Japan discussed important issues in defense, fuel and ammunition supply, and arms development cooperation. After the dialogue, the two sides issued a Joint Statement, emphasizing that in the context of the complicated regional development, the need to deepen their defense cooperation and to hold mutual exercises between the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Indian Air Force in 2020.

South China Sea crisis: China preparing for ‘strong response’ as US conflict fears grow

South china sea crysisThe US mounted a record number of navy patrols in contested regions in 2019, displaying that Donald Trump’s determination to challenge China in the region hasn’t waned despite growing presence from Beijing forces. The South China Morning Post obtained data which outlined the persisting military operations in the South China Sea. In 2019, the US sailed within 12 nautical miles of features claimed or occupied by China seven times in 2019, according to data released by the US Pacific Fleet.

This is the highest number of so-called freedom of navigation patrols (FONOPs) since Beijing controversially began constructing artificial islands around disputed reefs in the waterway in 2014.

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International community opposes China's ploy in promoting irrational "U-shaped line" claim

thediplomat-2019-12-09-1Regarding the case of the animated film "Abominable" (released in Viet Nam under the name “Everest - The Little Snowman”), produced by US animation studio DreamWorks, promoting China's "U-shaped line" map in the South China Sea, causing outrage within countries in the region, Viet Nam, the Philippines and Malaysia have all expressed their anger at the map shown in the film, which includes China's "U-shaped line", calling it "an ambiguous boundary line, used to ambiguously mark" Beijing’s territorial claims of for most of the South China Sea.

Vietnam officially banned the film "Abominable" from all cinemas on October 14, 2019, after 10 days of screening. The Philippines did the same a day later. Malaysia refused to screen the film after the Malaysian government's demand for an edited version without the controversial scene was rejected. Such sly practice by China continues to cause outrage within the international community. Even Taiwan, which China has long regarded as "part of its territory," had to voice their criticism on Beijing’s dishonest conduct.

Chinese maritime militia in the defending and promoting Beijing's sovereignty claims

1Maritime militia is an official force of the Chinese armed forces. Initially, when the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was not really strong and modern, the maritime militia was considered an indispensable tool of this army in war. Today, it has become the top choice to help China demonstrate decisive actions in strengthening its maritime sovereignty claims and causing incidents or conflicts at sea in accordance with Beijing’s intention. Activities of the Chinese maritime militia against Japanese coastal force in the waters of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands a few years ago or their recent escort and protection activities for the Haiyang Dizhi 8 geological survey vessel, which seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty in Vanguard Bank, have led experts of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) to pay close attention to follow, research and assess as below.

Japan’s Options in the South China Sea

thediplomat-2019-12-09-1The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) possesses overwhelming military capabilities in the South China Sea (SCS). And it is clear that no single nation in this region, Japan included, is able to match those capabilities.

For the littoral nations of the SCS – Vietnam and the Philippines in particular – China’s robust military capabilities and its many controversial and militarized/fortified artificial islands have been casting much darker clouds over their policy planning toward China.

In addition to these security elements, every nation in the region has economic ties with China. In this context, China has an increased capacity to wield influence through its economic strength.

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The Soviet Union Can Tell Us How China Will Respond In The South China Sea

RTS2OGJQ 1 1The “sail by” of USS Lassen within the 12 nautical mile claim line of the new Chinese facilities on Subi reef in the South China Sea occurred without major incident last week. Despite some fiery Chinese rhetoric, war has not broken out and that is a profoundly good thing. Actually, nothing much has changed at all, so it seems. The tense stalemate persists as before. China will continue to build up its new “bases” in and among the Spratly islets. The U.S. will continue to patrol regularly and exercise with its alliance partners. Perhaps, as Xi Jinping said not so long ago, the Pacific Ocean really is big enough to accommodate the interests of both China and the U.S.?

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Vietnam mulls legal action over South China Sea dispute

VN MullsHANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam could explore legal action among various options in its territorial dispute with powerful neighbor China in the South China Sea, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Frictions have grown between the two communist-run nations since Beijing in July sent a ship for a months-long seismic survey to an area internationally designated as Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) but also claimed by China.

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New wave of criticism against China’s behavior in South China Sea becomes Vietnam’s legal advantages

New waveSince China’s deployment Haiyang 08 ship and many escorts to conduct illegal surveys in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam as well as intimidate and hinder the oil and gas cooperation activities of Vietnam for a long time, there have been many suggestions that Vietnam should sue China like the Philippines did in 2013. This article would like to mention another aspect related to the legal struggle: the strong reaction of international community criticizing Chinese behavior will create a great advantage for Vietnam when using legal measures to protect its legal rights and interests in South China Sea.

Who “passed the buck”?

South China Sea 2016 01 30 18 07 07To justify the illegal activities of the Haiyang Dizhi 08 vessel group deep in Vietnam's 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, China affirmed that the operation of the Haiyang Dizhi 08 vessel group was completely legal, since:

1. Vanguard Bank is an integral part of "Nansha Islands" under China's "historical sovereignty";

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China’s missile testing threatens peace in the South China Sea


China tests missile China conducted large-scale military drills in the South China Sea from June 29 to July 3, 2019. The area for the exercises was located between Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands. What raising both the world’s and the region’s concerns was China’s first-time anti-submarine missile fire testing, during this exercise, from man-made features that China has illegally built in the South China Sea in recent years. Currently, China has about 27 military outposts scattered in the South China Sea.

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Chinese military base in Cambodia - Threat to regional peace and stability

Cambodia-China-Navy-Twitter-900x540On July 21, 2019, the US Wall Street Journal reported that Cambodia had signed a tacit consent with China to allow Beijing to use a naval base on Cambodian territory.

The reports that China’s construction of a military base started catching headlines in the second half of 2018. At that time, US Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen, expressing concern that Phnom Penh is planning to continue receiving Chinese weapons in Ream Naval Base near Dara Sakor. In a response letter, Prime Minister Hun Sen has affirmed that Cambodia reject all foreign military presence, as well as "any rivalry that could push Cambodia into a proxy war once more time".

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2019 18:35

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