COVID-19 will activate old & new disputes in East Asia 

The trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic now appears to be similar across the world. That the world may be different after this pandemic is a given. What is worrying is the fact that it is shaping geopolitics in conventional hotspots, including distrusts. It is doing so rapidly and at a time when the United States, a security provider in East Asia, is occupied domestically. In fact, COVID-19 may have reactivated some of the old disputes and given new life to a few of the simmering disputes and concerns across the…

Coronavirus latest: Japan lifts state of emergency | News | DW

Germany has recorded its biggest quarterly decline since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis The US has put a stop to visitors from Brazil who have been there in the last 14 days Many European countries are easing lockdown measures, including tourist destinations preparing for the summer Japan has ended the state of emergency in last areas, including Tokyo More than 5.4 million cases have been recorded globally and at least 344,000 people have died from COVID-19 Updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC/GMT) 11:40 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unveiled plans…

China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea – Pacific

China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge. See other free reports here. Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here. Please support our journalism with a subscription. BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in…

Chinese Military Seeks Image Makeover by Giving Medical Aid to Maritime Sovereignty Rivals | Voice of America

TAIPEI – China’s armed forces are giving anti-COVID medical aid this month to soften their image in four countries that dispute Beijing’s military-enforced control over a resource-rich sea.    The Chinese People’s Liberation Army sent COVID-19 containment supplies to 12 countries by air force planes, state-run China Global Television Network reported. Among them were South China Sea rim countries Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Armed forces from all 12 nations asked for help, the network said.    Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines dispute features in the 3.5 million-square-kilometer South China Sea with Beijing. Indonesia…

Coronavirus latest: Germany enters recession due to pandemic | News | DW

Germany has recorded its biggest quarterly decline since the 2008-2009 global financial crisisThe US has put a stop to visitors from Brazil who have been there in the last 14 days Many European countries are easing lockdown measures, including tourist destinations preparing for the summer Domestic flights are resuming in India despite a record increase in infections More than 5.4 million cases have been recorded globally and at least 344,000 people have died from COVID-19 Updates in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC/GMT) 08:30 Even if there is a second wave, Belgium will…

Lorenzana exchanges COVID-19 notes with counterparts from Japan, China, Australia

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had exchanged COVID-19 notes with his foreign counterparts in separate phone calls recently. Lorenzana, according to a Department of National Defense (DND) statement, discussed COVID-19 strategies with his counterparts from Japan, Australia and China. In a phone call on May 12, Lorenzana exchanged experiences and best practices in battling the pandemic with Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono. Lorenzana, the DND statement said, discussed with Kono the roles that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Japan Self-Defense Force played in the fight…

China Denies Using Virus to Grow Presence in South China Sea

BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ CHINA DISMISSES CLAIMS OF EXPLOITING VIRUS CONCERNS China’s foreign minister is dismissing claims that the country is exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to expand its footprint in the South China Sea, labeling such accusations as “sheer nonsense.” State Councilor and…

Why Zee News hails Sonu Sood, Republic’s Modi report card & India Today’s China questions

Sonu Sood organises buses for stranded migrants and students | @imranirampal | Twitter Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Prime time debates were all over the place Sunday. Zee News celebrated actor Sonu Sood’s philanthropy, Republic assessed the Modi government’s first year report card and India Today had far too many questions on the India-China ‘standoff’. China was also on the mind of News18 India’s Gayatri Sharma who spoke about the ‘kadwahat’ (bitterness) between China and the US, “Dono mahashakityon mein tanaav iss kadar badd chuke hai…

Singapore a Bright Spot for China Relations in ASEAN   | Voice of America

In March, China had a disagreement with the Philippines on whether it had donated accurate COVID-19 test kits. In April a Chinese newspaper complained Vietnam put China in an “embarrassing situation” by stopping flights between their nations to curb the virus.   And Malaysia protested a Chinese ship appearing in the disputed South China Sea, some fearing Beijing acted while the world is busy with the pandemic.  However in contrast to the march of diplomatic stumbles, there appears to be a relative bright spot for China in Southeast Asia: Singapore. …

China’s anxieties reveal schism : The Tribune India

Jayadeva Ranade President, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy There is high anxiety in the upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership in Beijing at the present state of China-US relations. Official Chinese think tanks have described China-US tensions as at a ‘dangerous’ turn and apprehend that relations could rapidly deteriorate further leading even to conflict. China’s leadership assesses that tensions have been sharply accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic and that the consequent worldwide rise in anti-China sentiment has been fanned by the US. The…