India Close To Overtake China In COVID-19 Cases; Time To Learn From Vietnam?

Vietnam has defied the Chinese finishing ban in the South China Sea (SCS), outraging Beijing. The Government of Vietnam is instead actively encouraging its fisherman to operate the contentious South China Sea which many experts claim that Hanoi is emboldened with support from the US, ASEAN Nations and India.   Responding to the Chinese fishing ban, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam said the waters are part of Vietnamese sea territory and the ban was invalid. It also said that fishing vessels with a valid license until the…

How To Tame Aggressive China In South China Sea Amid COVID-19 Crisis – OpEd

Unprecedented things have been happening in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) during the last five months, mainly due to China’s aggressive, unilateral and coercive actions against its small Southeast Asian neighbors. The immense pain and suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, apparently, did not have any impact on bellicose Beijing, which became more aggressive in strengthening or consolidating its claim on the SCS. Chinese fishing vessels illegally entered into Natuna waters of Indonesia in December 2019, violating Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). They left in January after…

Indian, Chinese Soldiers Clash In North Sikkim; Reportedly Exchange Blows

Vietnam has defied the Chinese finishing ban in the South China Sea (SCS), outraging Beijing. The Government of Vietnam is instead actively encouraging its fisherman to operate the contentious South China Sea which many experts claim that Hanoi is emboldened with support from the US, ASEAN Nations and India.   Responding to the Chinese fishing ban, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam said the waters are part of Vietnamese sea territory and the ban was invalid. It also said that fishing vessels with a valid license until the…

Rumored PLA drills plan on Dongsha Islands sparks fear in Taiwan

Marines assigned to a brigade of the PLA Navy Marine Corps move forward for assault after disembarking from their amphibious armored vehicle during a beach raid training exercise in the west of south China’s Guangdong Province on August 17, 2019. (Photo: eng.chinamil.com.cn) Japanese media on Tuesday claimed in a report that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will hold military drills for a “takeover of Dongsha Islands occupied by Taiwan” in August, resulting in heated discussions on the island of Taiwan. While the Taiwan defense authority claimed they could secure…

China’s Naval Aviation Force Shows up at Fiery Cross Reef

Chinese military aircraft have been sighted once again at its largest base in the disputed Spratly Islands, suggesting that People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force could be starting to use it as a base of operations, according to Jane’s. The reported presence of the PLANAF at Fiery Cross Reef is the latest sign of China’s efforts to assert control over the South China Sea from the bases it finished building atop reefs and rocks in 2016. It comes amid a slew of Chinese actions at sea and administrative measures that…

Message to China: The ‘Bone’ is back on Guam

Reading some media reports, one would have surmised the US military ran away from its warfighting Pacific duties like frightened little girls, with carriers in port over Covid fears and military aircraft abandoning Guam. Like Chicken Little warning the sky is falling, the truth is a rather more punctuated, to the tune of the USS Ronald Reagan carrier force underway and, in particular, B-1 Lancer bombers laden with gifts — each one carrying a belly full of stealth cruise missiles capable of decapitating an enemy force in minutes. The “Bone,” as…

China’s flexing military muscles in the time of COVID-19 –

The world is facing a global pandemic, a once in a lifetime crisis – one which is possibly the single biggest threat facing humanity since World War II. Nations are scrambling to figure out a response so as to somehow manage the domestic socio-economic fallout of the crisis. Societies are withering, economies are wilting and a health crisis is challenging us to alter our assumptions about national security. Global order, already under flux before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, stands at an inflection point with major powers either unwilling or unable…

German firm circulates internal document with infamous nine-dash line

The document, titled “Covid-19 – Lessons from China,” was reportedly sent by Bayer Vietnam’s managing director, a Malaysian citizen of Chinese origin, to the company’s department heads via email late last month. Under the company’s working procedures, the department heads would subsequently share the document with lower-level employees. The document aims to share China’s success story in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Vietnamese employees however protested the document after discovering that it included a map of China with the infamous nine-dash line, a demarcation line used by China to represent…

Maritime Standoff Between China And Malaysia Winding Down

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS-10) conducts routine operations near the Panamanian flagged drill ship, West Capella on May 12, 2020. US Navy Photo A standoff between China and Malaysia over potential natural gas and oil reserves beneath the South China Sea appears to be ending as research vessels from both nations moved away from each other following stepped-up U.S. Navy presence in the last several weeks. On Tuesday, West Capella, a Panamanian-flagged drillship hired by Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas, completed its scheduled work in a part of the South China Sea also…