South China Sea clash raises Vietnam-Malaysia tensions after fisherman shot dead

South China clash raisesMalaysia and Vietnam must urgently work towards ridding their waters of illegal fishing, analysts said on Tuesday, as Hanoi pressed Kuala Lumpur for answers after a Vietnamese fisherman was shot dead by Malaysian maritime officials over the weekend.

Vietnam late on Monday said it had contacted Malaysia over the incident, which took place in Malaysian waters, and asked its officials in the country to investigate the death and protect the rights of other detained fishermen.

The incident occurred late on Sunday after Malaysia’s coastguard attempted to inspect two boats in waters east of Kelantan deemed to be engaged in illegal fishing.

PLA drills point to stepped-up plans to take control of Taiwan, analysts say

Drill pointsA series of PLA drills at the northern and southern ends of the Taiwan Strait signal that Beijing is stepping up preparations to take control of the self-ruled island, according to military analysts.

Other signs included expansion of coastal military bases and the deployment of amphibious troop units in the area, they said.

The People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theatre Command, which oversees defences in the East China Sea and Taiwan Strait, said on Thursday that it conducted the drills north and south of Taiwan “in recent days”.

Beijing sends its top diplomat to Singapore and South Korea amid US tensions

Beijing tells its top diplomatChina’s top diplomat will visit Singapore and South Korea later this week as Beijing seeks to strengthen ties with its Asian neighbours amid an intensifying geopolitical rivalry with Washington.

Yang Jiechi, a leading architect of China’s foreign policy, will visit Busan starting on Friday and will hold talks on Saturday with Suh Hoon, the South Korean national security adviser, the Yonhap news agency reported, quoting presidential office spokesman Kang Min-seok.

Did Trump Get Owned by China?

Did Trump get owned by ChinaYou wouldn’t think that at this stage of the Trump presidency—what with Clorox injections, gassing peaceful protesters, 160,000 dead Americans, hints at delaying the election, and on and on—Trump defenders could still be found. But they can. And I’ve noticed a theme in Trump defenses. “Say what you will about Trump,” they argue “at least he had the balls to take on China.”

Actually, no he didn’t. Let’s consider Trump’s record on China.

What hides behind the ‘new’ US policy for the South China Sea

What hides behind the new US policy for the South China SeaThe US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, made a politically motivated statement on 13th July on the South China Sea policy. The policy said, Beijing had “no legal grounds to unilaterally impose its will on the region.”

The Chinese Embassy in Washington responded on Monday that the US was “throwing its weight around in every sea of the world.” adding that the “US deliberately distorts the facts and international law including Law of the Sea”.

The South China Sea Conflict

The South China Sea dispute is a complex one. It involves several countries who claim sovereignty over maritime boundaries and two islands – the Spratlys and the Paracels. The countries involved over this dispute of claims are Brunei, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China (ROC/Taiwan), Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Growing Strategic Rivalry in the Asia Pacific: Power Struggle of US and China in the South China Sea

Growing strategiesFor a period US has enjoyed its hegemony in the world in terms of politics, economic and military respectively. There was no other competitor but in 1980’s China started economic modifications by privatization of their industries, by which its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was increased. Till 2010, Chin was able to relocate other powers alike Europe and US. After China rise there was a relative decline of US hegemony and it is threat to US strategy “Pivot to Asia” in Asia Pacific. Now US has another competitor which is threat to its interests, resources as power is distributed now, no more on one pole. US claims that China has been pursuing its strategy, “String of Pearls”, to encircle US. Both states are orientated towards Asia Pacific as this region is full of resources and it is in their interests. Almost half of the world trade pass through Indian Ocean.

China has its Sea Line of Communication (SLOC) in IOR, which is coming from South China Sea by passing through Malacca strait and Indian Ocean get into Strait of Hormuz in Middle East. This SLOC is very crucial for China, as this is the only way through which China’s trade can pass through. Chinese economy is dependent on exports and if this SLOC block by US then in turn it will put catastrophic effect on China. Other challenges to this route in South China Sea (SCS) are; though whole ocean claim by China by 9 dash line but there are other states who claim over SCS and those states include; Philippine, Malaysia, Japan and Vietnam respectively.

Southeast Asia stands to gain as US hardens South China Sea stance

Hardens South China SeaIt's taken four years, but the U.S. has finally thrown its weight behind a UN tribunal's sweeping rejection of Beijing's maritime claims in the South China Sea. Long overdue, Washington's support for the resource rights of Southeast Asia's littoral states is nonetheless positive.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, China has intensified its relentless attempts to strengthen its claims to and control of the South China Sea. Among its transgressions, it has further encroached upon the exclusive economic zones, or EEZs, of Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia, in direct contravention of the tribunal's ruling. Outmatched militarily, and wanting to maintain good relations with Beijing, these states have resisted Chinese incursions but within limits.

China Builds Surveillance Network In South China Sea

China builds surChina has been building a series of surveillance platforms spanning parts of the South China Sea (SCS). Many of these are in Chinese waters, but several are floating in international waters.

This is controversial, not least the dual-use military context of the network. While ostensibly civilian, these can be viewed as part of the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) efforts to control the SCS. It is unrealistic to assume that their sensor data cannot be accessed by the PLAN for military purposes. And they may be part of a much larger sensor network, most of which is unseen beneath the waves. This reinforces China’s strategic advantage over other countries in the region, and can be used to monitor U.S. Navy movements.

How a War in the South China Sea Between China and America Could Start

How a war in the south china seaCould a small “clash,” incident, or brief exchange of fire between American and Chinese forces in the South China Sea quickly lead to a dangerous “all-out war?”

Many experts, observers and officials seem to share the concern, given the rapid escalation of hostility between the two major superpowers.

Speaking to this topic, the Chinese-government backed Global Times heated up the rhetoric a bit when stating, “if Washington launches military provocations to challenge the bottom line of China’s national security and sovereignty, China will make immediate and effective retaliations.”

Duterte bans exercises with US in South China Sea

Duterte bansMANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has abruptly banned his naval forces from participating in joint maritime exercises with the United States and others in the South China Sea, a move which could undermine Washington’s bid to build an anti-China bulwark of like-minded allies in the contested waterway.

The controversial decision has provoked an uproar across the country and is seen as yet another Duterte concession to Beijing, significantly just weeks after top Filipino officials publicly criticized China and demanded it comply with a 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling that favored the Philippines’ sea claims over China’s.

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