Beijing is at a Pax Sinica moment post Covid-19

China has to strategize on how not to fracture its long-held relationships. With Covid-19 becoming a pandemic, Beijing has entangled itself in several foreign policy challenges. Around the world, political reservations and strategic objections on China and Chinese sponsored schemes will grow. China’s “charm-offensive” of reaching out to countries by building goodwill through “developmental partnerships” and flooding them with Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects will not be easy to carry out from here on. The debate might also persist over whether it is a “Chinese virus” for which Beijing…

Beijing surveys Philippines reefs while donating virus tests

Beijing surveys Philippines reefs while donating virus tests One simply can’t trust China’s communist rulers. As Beijing gave Manila Covid-19 test kits it bolstered control of two of seven Philippine reefs it illegally is occupying. Civilian ruses were used, no different from deploying fisheries militia to Philippine maritime jurisdictions. China’s Academy of Science “established two research stations” on Subi and Fiery Cross Reefs, the official Xinhua News Agency announced last weekend. “Scientists [will] live and conduct field research on ecology, geology, and environment.” The “research” constitutes further incursion in…

US Navy Fires Missiles in Philippine Sea Sending Message to Beijing

The US Navy launched live–fire missiles in the Philippine Sea last week, in what is seen as a direct message to China. The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry launched a medium-range Standard Missile-2, according to the US Seventh Fleet’s Facebook page. The exercise took place in waters east of the Philippines. According to the South China Morning Post, the destroyer was accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh which also fired an SM-2 missile. The Post spoke with military analysts who believe the exercise was meant to be a warning to…

Beijing and others aim to make the best of coronavirus geopolitics

LONDON – As Serbia’s European Union neighbors closed their borders and halted many medical exports, President Aleksandar Vucic made an appeal. “Serbia now turns its eyes to China,” he said. “All my personal hopes are focused and directed toward China and its president.” As the world heads into uncharted territory amid the coronavirus outbreak, it is undergoing stark and dramatic geopolitical shifts. Assumptions over globalization and free movement have been torn up overnight. In their haste to address the outbreak, the vast majority of nations have been focused heavily within…

US-China Tensions Heat Up As Beijing Seeks Leadership Role

Both countries have scrambled to shape the international narrative on the COVID-19 virus. A sharp escalation in tit-for-tat retributions between China and the United States marks a deeply uncertain moment in relations between the two countries, already under strain from a longstanding trade dispute and a fierce debate over international use of Chinese technology. Both countries have scrambled over the last week to shape the international narrative surrounding both the inception and response to the COVID-19 virus.  Trump began resolutely referring to the disease as the “Chinese virus,” brushing aside concerns about…

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea – Pacific

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell steamed through disputed waters in the South China Sea in the second freedom of navigation operation by the U.S. Navy this year. The destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, a group of contested islands and reefs, on March 10, according to a statement Monday from the 7th Fleet. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims on the Paracels. Beijing on March 11 objected to the…

South China Sea fury: Philippines warning to Beijing exposed – ‘You’ll have to kill me!’ | World | News

During his presidential campaign in 2016, the Philippines leader made a surprising promise to his country as he aimed to challenge China in the South China Sea. He said: “I will ride a jet ski [to the Spratly Islands] while bringing the Philippine flag. I will plant the flag on the runway and tell the Chinese authorities, ‘Kill me.’” He made the statement in the same year that the Philippines launched a legal case against Beijing for its actions in the region. In 2016, the Philippines won a case in…

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea – News

Another Navy warship sails near islands militarized by Beijing in South China Sea YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell steamed through disputed waters in the South China Sea in the second freedom of navigation operation by the U.S. Navy this year. The destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, a group of contested islands and reefs, on March 10, according to a statement Monday from the 7th Fleet. China, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims on the Paracels. Beijing on March 11 objected to the…

Beijing maintains expansionist tendencies

China has not lost its interest in oil and gas assets around the South China Sea You have 1 free article remaining Subscribe now for unlimited access or become a Bronze Member for free  For queries see our FAQ or contact us Subscribe Bronze Sign-up Member Login China has not been distracted from its assertive agenda in the South China Sea despite its domestic focus on combating Covid-19. It continues to deploy oil and gas vessels and military muscle to bolster its position in the strategically vital region.   The major focus of…