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.

Indonesia Will Not Negotiate Its Sovereignty in South China Sea

thediplomat-2019-12-09-1Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Natuna Islands Wednesday amid renewed tensions with China over the lucrative fishing waters that lie between Malaysia and Borneo.

Jokowi, as Widodo is popularly known, met hundreds of fishermen in the Natuna Islands and inspected two warships deployed in the area, the president’s office said in a statement. Jokowi asserted Indonesia’s rights to exploit the natural resources in the exclusive economic zone following the sighting of Chinese fishing vessels and coast guard ships in recent weeks, according to the statement.

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Asean members get tough with China on South China Sea

06nt15china 1578283526JAKARTA: The future direction of code of conduct (COC) negotiations between Asean members and China is at stake after recent developments saw Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines hardening their stand on the South China Sea issue.

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) and Al Jazeera voiced the possibility of Asean changing course in the COC negotiations after Indonesia and Malaysia made more strident statements against China on the issue.

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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.

Vietnam should take a tougher stand against Chinese encroachment

2As Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 geological survey vessel group repeatedly violated Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf since early July 2019 – not only moving closer to the Vietnamese coast, expanding its activity scale, but also increasing its aggressiveness, the Institute for Legal and Development Policy Studies on October 6, 2019 held a seminar on the South China Sea in Hanoi. Many researchers, experts and former officials, including Dr. Hoang Ngoc Giao, Mr. Hoang Viet, Major General Le Van Cuong, former Ambassadors Nguyen Truong Giang, Nguyen Trung and Truong Trieu Duong participated in the seminar.

Participants in the discussion shared the view that the aggressive activities of Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 geological survey vessel group in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf were "extremely serious"; China's escalating moves in this area of the South China Sea are "putting Vietnam in a very dangerous position".

China continues to push forth its encroachment of in Vietnam's waters

1The latest tracking data that Ryan Martinson from the US Naval War College updated on September 30 showed China's Haiyang Dizhi 08 returning to Vietnam's waters for the fourth time.

China’s Haiyang Dizhi 08 vessel group increased its violations by sailing further into the waters of Vietnam, only about 100 nm away from the Vietnamese coast. The areas where the vessel group operates this time were the nine oil and gas blocks which China illegally invited for bidding in 2012.

This area is completely within Vietnam's exclusive economic zone and continental shelf measuring from its central and southern coasts, overlapped with oil and gas blocks which Vietnam is oil and gas production contracts with foreign partners from Russia, India, USA, etc.

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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US, China rivalry puts Vietnam in a no-win bind

US-China-Vietnam-Diplomacy-Global-Times-900x540When a Chinese survey ship departed energy-rich waters claimed by Vietnam, many saw the two sides’ three-month standoff over the Vanguard Bank as indication that Hanoi is becoming bolder in challenging Beijing in the South China Sea.

Over the last three years, China has forced Vietnam to cancel two oil exploration projects in the sea, including one with Spanish energy giant Respol, as Hanoi opted for conciliation over confrontation in both instances.

There were even reports in 2017 that Beijing had threatened to use force if Hanoi did not shut down energy exploration in a contested sea area. In the latest showdown, Vietnam attempted to engage Beijing “at least 40 times”, according to one strategic analyst, while not yielding its position.

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South China Sea chaos: China accused of ramping up tensions with surveillance balloons

tải xuốngCHINA has been accused of creating an early warning system to protect its illegal island fortress on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Satellite images showing surveillance balloons above the man-made Mischief Reef have been seen as further evidence of China’s militarisation of the strategic stretch of water which also is claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Defence analysts said the balloons were capable of carrying array radars, infra-red and optical sensors and electronic jamming and surveillance devices which could form an airborne warning and control system.

They said the balloons effectively completed an overlapping network of radars and satellites reaching far into the South China Sea to detect low-flying aircraft and small vessels and enabling Beijing to put the whole region in lockdown.

Mischief Reef is believed to boast bomb-proof aircraft hangars, underground fuel storage facilities and ammunition bunkers.

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