How China Has Used COVID-19 To Escalate Military Conflicts & Crush ‘Democratic’ Voices?

COVID-19 has brought the entire world to a standstill except for China which is finding it a perfect time to escalate military conflicts, intensify border disputes and curtail democratic freedom.  Experts talking to the EurAsian Times agree that many nations are using the cover of the coronavirus to take advantage of the situation and forwarding their political agenda as the world remains distracted. China has been the most active in promoting its regional interests during COVID-19 pandemic with Hong Kong and India facing the brunt of Chinese hostilities. China was…

Scale-up battle preparedness, Xi Jinping tells Chinese military

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered the military to scale up the battle preparedness, visualising worst-case scenarios and asked them to resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty. Xi, 66 who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and head of the two-million-strong military with prospects of lifelong tenure in power, made the remarks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police Force during the current parliament session being held here. Xi ordered the…

Scale-up battle preparedness, Xi tells Chinese military : The Tribune India

Beijing, May 26 Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered the military to scale up the battle preparedness, visualising the worst-case scenarios and asked them to resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty. Xi, 66, who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and head of the two-million-strong military with prospects of lifelong tenure in power, made the remarks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police Force during the current parliament session being held here.…

China’s expanding military reach – Taipei Times

Israel-based geo-intelligence data provider ImageSat International on May 13 released a satellite photograph of the Chinese-controlled Fiery Cross Reef (Yongshu Reef, 永暑礁) on Twitter. The image gave a clear view of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early-warning aircraft, KQ-200 anti-submarine maritime patrol aircraft and a suspected Changhe Z-18 anti-submarine helicopter, showing that the PLA has advanced its deployment in the South China Sea. Only last month, China established Xisha District (西沙) on Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) and Nansha District (南沙) on the reef,…

China’s bold military move against US

Chairman Xi Jinping has lost patience. His nation’s economy is suffering. COVID-19 has strained the seams of his credibility. He needs a win. So he’s doing what strongmen do best – upping the military ante. Both of Beijing’s new aircraft carriers are deploying together for the first time. They’ve been warming up in the secure Yellow Sea. Soon, they’ll be headed south. The People’s Liberation Army navy (PLAN) Liaoning and Shandong are engaged in combat readiness training in the tightly controlled Bohai Bay. It’s just the second week of an…

Military Confrontation in the South China Sea

Introduction The risk of a military confrontation in the South China Sea involving the United States and China could rise significantly in the next eighteen months, particularly if their relationship continues to deteriorate as a result of ongoing trade frictions and recriminations over the novel coronavirus pandemic. Since 2009, China has advanced its territorial claims in this region through a variety of tactics—such as reclaiming land, militarizing islands it controls, and using legal arguments and diplomatic influence—without triggering a serious confrontation with the United States or causing a regional backlash.…

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…

EDITORIAL: China’s military buildup will only jeopardize its own future : The Asahi Shimbun

When will China bring a stop to its aggressive military buildup, which lacks transparency and exacerbates global security risks? China’s increasingly assertive actions backed by its enhanced military capabilities are threatening to upset the international security order. The Chinese government misses no opportunity to stress it is committed to international cooperation and peace. But Beijing only breeds suspicions about its agenda in the international community by failing to take actions to demonstrate its commitment. At the opening session of the country’s annual National People’s Congress, which was delayed to May…

China engaged in provocative, coercive military activities with neighbours, including India: White House report

By Lalit K Jha Washington, May 22 (PTI) China is engaged in provocative and coercive military and paramilitary activities with neighbouring countries including India, the White House said on Thursday, a day after a top American diplomat backed India”s move to strongly resist Chinese aggression into its territory. “Beijing contradicts its rhetoric and flouts its commitments to its neighbours by engaging in provocative and coercive military and paramilitary activities in the Yellow Sea, the East and South China Seas, the Taiwan Strait, and Sino-Indian border areas,” the White House said…

Pentagon says China’s military is challenging the US with ‘risky’ run-ins in the South China Sea during the pandemic

The Pentagon says that the US military has had “unsafe” encounters with the Chinese military in the South China Sea in recent months as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Southeast Asia Reed Werner revealed to Fox News on Tuesday that there have been “at least nine” concerning incidents involving Chinese fighters and US aircraft over the contested waterway since mid-March. There was also an “unsafe” encounter involving a Chinese naval vessel and the US Navy destroyer USS Mustin last month. The Pentagon says…