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…

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…

China steps up maritime activity with eye on post-pandemic order

BEIJING/NEW YORK — In April, the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning passed between two Japanese islands, Okinawa’s main island and Miyakojima, in the East China Sea with a full fleet. This marked the carrier group’s first time sailing to and from the Pacific Ocean via the passage and was seen as yet another sign of China’s stepped-up military activity in neighboring seas. In addition to increased activity near the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, which China claims as the Diaoyu, Beijing is revising a law to enlist People’s Armed Police Force personnel —…

Amid a Pandemic, China Ramps Up Maritime ‘Micro-Aggressions’ – The Diplomat

Advertisement The People’s Republic of China finds itself in a dangerous position. As the COVID-19 outbreak developed and spread out of Wuhan, Beijing’s initial policy of withholding information gave way to declarations of victory over the new coronavirus. But these claims of success and aid to suffering countries have come off as tactless and crass, even by PRC standards. Alongside this “Wolf Warrior diplomacy,” China’s armed forces have also engaged in a multitude of small-scale but aggressive maritime actions against neighboring countries, part of an expanding pattern of intimidating or…

China updates disputed maritime maps to return to Vietnam | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China has renamed dozens of islets and submarine morphologies in the South China Sea, a move that according to some analysts intends to reject Vietnamese naval incursions into the controversial waterway. Two Chinese government ministers renamed 25 islets and 55 submerged elements in the South China Sea extending from Hong Kong to Borneo, the country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs reported on its website on April 19. This act, although it does not automatically give China greater legal sovereignty than five other Asian governments with claims on the…

China’s maritime aggression and options for India

By Commodore A Jai Singh ( Retd) Never one to lose an opportunity and the first to sense vulnerability, China, has been taking full advantage of the world’s focus on combating the Wuhan virus to push its expansionist agenda in the maritime domain. This has led to an unprecedented level of tension in the western Pacific and specifically in the South China Sea which has raised valid concerns about the possibility of a conflict. China has made no secret of its global ambitions and its Mahanian model of achieving that…

Japan lodges protest against Chinese maritime intrusions near Senkakus

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi lodged a protest Tuesday against China sending its government ships into Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Chinese ships have intruded in waters near the Japanese-controlled islets seven times this year, most recently last Friday when four coast guard vessels sailed through the area for about 90 minutes before leaving. China calls the islets Diaoyu and claims them as its own. Motegi raised the issue during an evening phone call with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as well as voicing…

Chinese maritime patrol aircraft spotted on Kagitingan Reef

MANILA, Philippines—A Chinese maritime patrol aircraft has been spotted on Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef in the West Philippine Sea early this month, a satellite image showed. The image of a KQ-200 maritime patrol aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy was captured by ImageSat International (ISI)—a private satellite image provider—on the Chinese-occupied reef in the Spratly Islands last April 10 during a supposed training exercise. “ISI intelligence report reveals a KQ-200 ASW mission plane, parked on a flight path in Fiery Cross Reef during a training exercise,” ImageSat posted…

Maritime Flashpoints and the COVID-19 Pandemic – The Diplomat

Advertisement In the face of a global pandemic, the governments of Southeast Asian nations are not only struggling to deal with COVID-19 but are also confronted with both persistent and new threats on the maritime front. The dangers to sailors, civilians, and shipping caused by the pandemic are augmented by Southeast Asian states having to deal with nontraditional threats such as the movement of illegal migrants along their porous maritime borders and maintaining sovereignty over their maritime domains. Recently, action by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), Royal Malaysian Air Force…