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The recent Natuna dispute between Indonesia and China - causes and effects

The recent Natuna dispute between Indonesia and China causes and effectsLocated in the North of Kalimantan, part of the Indonesia’s Borneo island of the Natuna Sea is claimed by the Indonesian government as part of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), but China claims that it has“historic rights”over the area as a part of its“traditional fishing ground. The dispute between the two countries in this area has recently raised public concerns.

Beijing's blatant slanders

beijing blatant slanderOn April 25, the South China Morning Post cited an article from Chinas Naval and Merchant Ship magazine that Vietnam was building its maritime militia in the South China Sea, threatening China's maritime law enforcement and national defence security, insisting that the matter should be taken seriously and dealt with in a timely manner. This article will provide an analysis revealing the truth behind those above-mentioned blatant slanders from the Chinese side.

With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea

With Swarms of Ships Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China SeaThe Chinese ships settled in like unwanted guests who wouldn’t leave.

As the days passed, more appeared. They were simply fishing boats, China said, though they did not appear to be fishing. Dozens even lashed themselves together in neat rows, seeking shelter, it was claimed, from storms that never came.

Not long ago, China asserted its claims on the South China Sea by building and fortifying artificial islands in waters also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. Its strategy now is to reinforce those outposts by swarming the disputed waters with vessels, effectively defying the other countries to expel them.

H&M upsets Vietnam after kowtowing to Beijing over ‘problematic map’

HM upsets Vietnam after kowtowing to Beijing over problematic mapSwedish fashion retailer H&M is facing a new protest, this time from social media users in Vietnam who accuse it of kowtowing to China over a map of disputed territories in the South China Sea.

The controversy began on Friday when the Shanghai branch of the Cyberspace Administration of China said it had been alerted by members of the public to a “problematic map of China” on H&M’s website.

Beijing’s focus on maritime law ‘reflects rising concerns over South China Sea’

Beijings focus on maritime law reflects rising concerns over South China SeaBeijing’s plan for the next five years includes a call to mitigate risks and prepare for legal battles over its maritime disputes, which analysts say reflects growing concerns over the South China Sea.

The plan – tabled at the ongoing annual legislative sessions in Beijing – also calls for China to draw up a basic maritime law, a task carried over from the previous five-year period.

“[We] must study the current circumstances, mitigate risks and [prepare for] legal struggles,” the plan to 2025 says. “[We] must resolutely defend national maritime interests.”

US moves to boost military presence in Indo-Pacific amid China ‘threat

US moves to boost military presence in IndoPacific amid China threatThe United States is moving to boost its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, as President Joe Biden’s administration shapes plans to contain China’s influence in the region.

But observers say it could be a challenge for the US to keep up its push for a military role in the Indo-Pacific and that some Southeast Asian nations fear getting caught in the rivalry.

While the Pentagon is still assessing its China policy via a new 15-member task force, US military officials have hardened their stance in recent weeks, with calls for resources to be shifted to the Pacific to maintain a “competitive edge” over China, and defence chief Lloyd Austin naming the country as a “pacing threat”.

Biden Team Pivots to Asia

Biden Team Pivots to AsiaThe U.S. president’s foreign-policy staff hopes to make the pivot real with an early trip to the region.

Welcome to Foreign Policy’s Security Brief. Hope everyone is mentally preparing to lose an hour of sleep with the upcoming daylight saving time. (And for those quietly cursing this, there are some U.S. senators who agree.)

The highlights this week: Biden team takes off for Asia on China tough talk tour, a U.S. warship comes home after logging 99,000 miles at sea, the National Security Council beefs up on cybertalent, and more.

Japan and the legal battle in the South China Sea

Japan and the legal battle in the South China SeaIn 2020, many countries submitted their Notes Verbale to the United Nations expressing their official positions on disputes in the South China Sea. Apart from South China Sea littoral countries, namely Malaysia, Viet Nam, the Philippines, and Indonesia, five countries outside the region, including the US, Australia, Britain, France, and Germany, also submitted their Notes Verbale to reject China's irrational claims in the South China Sea. They also request China to adhere to international law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS) and the Tribunal’s South China Sea Ruling on 12 July 2016.

China’s ‘World-Island’ Ambitions

Chinas WorldIsland AmbitionsIn August 2020, after U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar visited Taiwan, Chinese fighter jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, which brought a response from Taiwan’s U.S.-supplied air force. In late September, China simultaneously held five military exercises along its coast: in the South China Sea, the East China a, the Bohai Sea, and the Yellow Sea. Tensions in the Taiwan Strait are high, with U.S. warships repeatedly demonstrating the right of free passage in waters that China claims as its own, according to the so-called nine-dash line.

A ‘People’s War’ Could Be China’s Key to Winning the South China Sea

A Peoples War Could Be Chinas Key to Winning the South China SeaLast year China’s defense minister, General Chang Wanquan, implored the nation to ready itself for a “people’s war at sea.” The purpose of such a campaign? To “safeguard sovereignty” after an adverse ruling from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The tribunal upheld the plain meaning of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), ruling that Beijing’s claims to “indisputable sovereignty” spanning some 80-90 percent of the South China Sea are bunk.

Implications of the U.S. election on U.S.-China relations

Implications of the UThe last four years have been one of the most tumultuous periods in modern China-U.S. relations. U.S. President Donald Trump has been the critical catalyst of this upheaval as he has oscillated between presenting China as a valued partner in international affairs, to it being a pariah that needs to be ever more constrained.

Such fluctuations have mounted in intensity as the Trump presidency has progressed. They have left observers uncertain as to whether or not this is a purposeful strategy of the leader of the world’s most powerful country, or an indication of an untethered, badly conceived, and even short-sighted policy.

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