Why China’s Coast Guard Spent 258 Days in Waters Claimed by Malaysia | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Chinese coast guard vessels spent 70% of the past year patrolling in a tract of the South China Sea claimed by Malaysia, an American think tank says. Malaysia did little to push back. The coast guard presence, especially long-term for a Chinese mission in the widely disputed South China Sea, followed by Malaysia’s muted response gives China an ever-stronger upper hand over the Southeast Asian country and more clout in a broader six-way maritime dispute that has grabbed attention as far away as Washington. China already has…

Malaysia film censors order removal of South China Sea map illustrating China’s territorial claims- Entertainment News, Firstpost

Malaysia’s film censors have ordered a scene to be removed from the animated movie Abominable which shows China’s nine-dash line in the South China Sea, an official has said, amid growing anger among countries with overlapping claims to the region. The U-shaped line is used on Chinese maps to illustrate its territorial claims over vast expanses of the resource-rich South China Sea, including areas claimed by other countries. A still from Abominable Vietnam pulled the movie from cinemas on Monday, while the Philippines’ foreign minister has called for the scene…

China’s illegal South China Sea map made it into “Abominable” — Quartz

An obscure map used by China to claim ownership of virtually the entire South China Sea, but rejected internationally, is now finding its way into mainstream media thanks to an unlikely and perhaps unwitting accomplice: US companies. Last week, an ESPN broadcast included a graphic that showed China’s territory as including the disputed area within the nine-dash line. The map placed Taiwan—an independently functioning democracy—as well as islands and maritime zones claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei, squarely within territory declared by China as its own. The line…

China’s All-Effects All-Domain Strategy in an All-Encompassing Information Environment

China’s All-Effects All-Domain Strategy in an All-Encompassing Information Environment Thomas A. Drohan China is wielding strategies that envelop opponents with an all-effects all-domain approach to national power. These effects are neither precise nor pre-ordained because they occur in an uncertain information environment that encompasses behavior by all sensors – living, or artificial. Drawing from a rich tradition of hybrid stratagems and holistic information, China’s leaders use a variety of asymmetric approaches that exploit weaknesses in opponents’ strategies. In contrast, US strategy is fixated on lethal capabilities for armed conflict with…

Vietnam Pulls Film Showing China’s Claims to South China Sea

Vietnam has pulled an animated film from the country’s theaters that shows a map placing the disputed South China Sea fully within China’s jurisdiction, as tensions continue over Chinese incursions into waters claimed by Vietnam as its exclusive economic zone, media sources said on Monday. The movie, “Abominable,” was produced jointly by China’s Pearl Studio and the U.S.-based Dream Works Animation company, and tells the story of a Chinese girl who befriends a yeti found living on the roof of her house. Released in Vietnamese cinemas on Oct. 4, the…

China’s New Giant Oil Platform Can Reignite Confrontations With Vietnam

China has a new offshore oil exploration platform called the Haiyang Shiyou 982 sitting in the South China Sea that is raising concerns about another confrontation with Vietnam. In 2012, China put the new rig’s smaller predecessor, the Haiyang Shiyou 981, into operation but moved it in 2014 when Vietnam claimed it violated its territorial rights. The root of the problem is twofold. First is the quest for oil and natural gas. Second is China’s reluctance to respect the exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of Brunei, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and…

COMMENTARY: Canada needs to plan ways to meet China’s military challenge – National

Forget for a moment Canada’s grave dispute with China over the extradition proceedings in Vancouver involving a Huawei executive. As the New York Times reminded readers last week, China has even gone after that most Canadian of bears, Winnie the Pooh. The orphaned bear cub from White River, Ont., a First World War vet of sorts and an honourary member of the Winnipeg-based Fort Garry Horse — hence Winnie — has been banned from television and the internet by Communist China’s ridiculously sensitive and self-centred government, because…