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Beijing libels Hanoi by its tricks

Beijing libels Hanoi by its tricksOn November 3rd 2020, the “South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative” (SCSPI) of Beijing University (China) released another report titled “‘Illegal’ activities of Vietnamese fishing boats in the South China Sea in October 2020” to defame Vietnam.

As said in the report, there were 6,142 Vietnamese fishing boats operating in more than 70,587 spots in the South China Sea recorded by the vessels’ automatic identification system (AIS). The number decreased by one third compared to that amid peak time in July 2020. China adduced the vessels’ AIS to prove the objectivity of its data, which was said to have declined, thus deceiving the public.

Biden may lower chance of military conflict with China but containment strategy unlikely to change

Biden may lower chance of military conflict with China but containment strategy unlikely to change expertAfter Democratic nominee Joe Biden was elected 46th president of the US on Saturday, some observers wondered whether there will be less likelihood of military conflict with China, than under the Trump administration.

Some Chinese experts believed that US strategy of containing China won't change after Biden enters the White House, but he may adjust containment measures even while offering to better communicate with China.

An Obama Restoration on Foreign Policy? Familiar Faces Could Fill Biden’s Team

 

 

An Obama Restoration on Foreign Policy Familiar Faces Could Fill Bidens TeamWASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s national security team is likely to be largely staffed by former Obama Situation Room regulars prepared to restore foreign policy principles discarded by President Trump.

An Obama redux would be a source of enormous relief to establishment insiders, who are desperate to see seasoned hands regain control of national security. But that likelihood is also causing disquiet among some younger, more liberal Democrats impatient with their party’s pre-Trump national security instincts, which they consider badly outdated.

Why does Australia turn tough on the South China Sea?

SGOn 23 July 2020, Australia submitted a note verbale to the United Nations (UN) to reject China’s claims in the South China Sea. Following this move, Australia and the United States made a Joint Statement after the conclusion of the 2 + 2 Dialogue (at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense) to again reject China’s claims in the South China Sea and demand China to respect international law.

Earlier, in May 2020, Australian warships sailed to the South China Sea for a mutual drill with US warships near the Malaysian oil and gas areas being disturbed by the Haiyang 08 geological survey group. In mid-July, Australia sent five warships for freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands, and then conducted exercises with a group of US aircraft carriers and a Japanese destroyer in the maritime areas of the Philippines, the gateway to the South China Sea.

The US sanctions of Chinese companies participating in land reclamation and militarization

Appropriate The US sanctions of Chinese companies participating in land reclamation and militarization in the South China SeaIn face of the expanding reclamation and militarization activities on artificial islands in the South China Sea, US congressmen have long called upon the Government to impose sanctions on Chinese enterprises and individuals participating in these illegal activities.

In 2017, a bipartisan group of US senators introduced the first sanction bill on the illegal activities in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. In May 2019, US congressmen reintroduced this bill to Congress. The bill requested the Government to seize the US-based financial assets, revoke or deny US visa for anyone engaging in “actions or policies that threaten the peace, security or stability” in the South China Sea. However, the bill was not approved then.

Who do people in Asia-Pacific want to win the US presidential election?

Who do people in Asia-Pacific want to win the US presidential electionTaiwanese people are the biggest fans of Donald Trump but in every other market surveyed Joe Biden is favoured

Last week YouGov revealed that major European countries all wanted Joe Biden to win the US presidential election. This week a look at a selection of eight countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific area reveals a more mixed picture.

Unlike in Europe where every country favoured the Democratic challenger, President Trump does find himself ahead in one place in APAC: Taiwan, where he leads by 42% to 30%.

Chinese military beefs up coastal forces as it prepares for possible invasion of Taiwan

Chinese military beefs up coastal forces as it prepares for possible invasion of TaiwanBeijing is stepping up the militarisation of its southeast coast as it prepares for a possible invasion of Taiwan, military observers and sources have said.

The People’s Liberation Army has been upgrading its missile bases, and one Beijing-based military source said it has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile the DF-17 to the area.

“The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” the source, who requested anonymity, because of the sensitivity of the topic. “The new missile has a longer range and is able to hit targets more accurately.”

Japan, Vietnam to step up defence and economic ties amid China’s growing influence

Japan Vietnam to step up defence and economic ties amid China growing influenceJapanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc have agreed to step up security and economic cooperation – with Tokyo set to export defence equipment and technology to Hanoi – amid China’s growing influence in the region.

Suga, who is on his first overseas trip since becoming prime minister last month, called Vietnam a linchpin in efforts to realise a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and vowed Japan’s “continued contribution to peace and prosperity in the region”.

Distortions and Omissions

Distortions and Omissions‘A unique, comprehensive account of people beheading one another’ was Liang Qichao’s pithy dismissal of Chinese history writing before 1900. It was only useful to instruct an emperor or a minister, he complained, and had no relevance to the people. Instead, Liang demanded a new way of writing history, one that would give life to a new Chinese nation.

As the most influential Chinese journalist and reformer of his era, Liang’s essay, published in 1902 in the newspaper he edited, put a metaphorical bomb under the old historiography. But it is remarkable that, over a century later, the ‘New History’ that he called for remains the framework through which most people understand Chinese history. At the time he was writing, the territory that we now call China was under the rule of a decaying empire. Liang wanted to replace it with a modern nation state. First, however, he had to define the nation that should inhabit the state.

Opportunities for ASEAN to uphold its role in the South China Sea

Opportunities for ASEAN to uphold its role in the South China SeaChina’s tactic of capitalizing on the Covid-19 pandemic to push up coercion and intimidation against its neighbouring countries to establish total control and monopoly in the South China Sea forces the US to adjust its South China Sea approach in two ways (i) increase the presence of US navy and air force in the South China Sea; and (ii) adopt a clearer and firmer position on China’s claims on the basis of international law.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on July 13th 2020 marked a milestone in the changes of the US’ South China Sea approach and was in favour of South China Sea littoral states. International analysts opine that such changes will open opportunities for ASEAN countries to fulfil its role in South China Sea dispute settlement because the US position is now convergent with that of the South China Sea littoral states in ASEAN. The convergent position is shown in four aspects:

Indonesia and international law in the South China Sea

Indonesia and international law in the South China SeaDespite not being a directly concerned party to the South China Sea dispute, Indonesia always upholds the rule of law concerning the relevant issues and supports the settlement of disputes by peaceful means provided by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Recently, within only half a month, Indonesia submitted two notes verbales to the UN to take a stand on the South China Sea issue and resolutely decline China’s request to negotiate on maritime issues.

In the recent notes verbales and statements, Indonesia affirms that: (i) Indonesia is not a claimant to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea; their exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or continental shelf does not overlap with any illegal claims by China; (ii) Indonesia highlights the significance of the Award on 12 July 2016 of the South China Sea Arbitration between the Philippines and China; (iii) Indonesia has sovereignty and sovereign rights over the maritime areas in consistency with UNCLOS; (iv) Indonesia urges all parties to respect international law, including UNCLOS.

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