China’s Naval Strategy in the East China Sea

The past decade and a half has seen China undergo a modernization of its military, including the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). This naval modernization, which includes the addition of two aircraft carriers, coupled with China’s seemingly aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, has caused consternation and alarm among some states and analysts that see China’s moves as part of its rise to, if not global predominance, then at least regional hegemon status. However, both China’s naval modernization as well as its assertiveness over the disputed Senkaku island chain…

Philippine, Chinese Coast Guards Stage Joint Drill in South China Sea

Philippine and Chinese ships on Wednesday staged the first joint drill between their coast guards in waters off Manila in the South China Sea, where both countries have rival territorial claims, officials said. A Chinese Coast Guard ship with pennant number 5204 and the BRP Tubbataha, a 44-meter (144-foot) multi-role response Philippine vessel, took part in the exercises aimed at achieving “interoperability at sea,” the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said. Filipino and Chinese personnel were given a scenario where a vessel caught fire in its cargo hold while sailing in…

South China Sea fury: China now ‘outmatches US in every way’ as standoff boils | World | News

The stark warning came from former US Navy commander James Kraska, who said: “The US has lost advantage throughout the spectrum of operations, from low-level interaction against China’s maritime militia to higher-end conflict scenarios. “In other words, China has escalation dominance, because it has the power to deter any US turn towards escalation. The US is outmatched in all of the scenarios.” The disaster for Washington comes largely due to Beijing’s unwavering military development of the Spratly Islands, at the heart of the South China Sea dispute. Described by many…

Indonesia recruits fishermen in South China Sea dispute

Indonesia says it will mobilise fishing crews in the South China Sea to help expel Chinese vessels from Indonesian waters.  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced: “There is no negotiation when it comes to our sovereignty.” The standoff around Indonesia’s northern Natuna islands – where a Chinese coastguard ship has been guarding fishing vessels – has damaged previously convivial relations with China.  On January 11, three Indonesian naval ships expelled more than 50 Chinese ships from its exclusive economic zone in the Natuna Sea north of Borneo. Numerous incursions in the…

South China Sea news: Japan demands stronger action against Beijing in disputed waters | World | News

Japanese MP, Akihisa Nagashima, told more than 200 representatives at the 28th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Canberra, the world should not “sit on the sidelines” against Beijing’s emerging influence in the region. China claims vast areas of the energy-rich waters and has established military outposts on artificial islands. The contested waters are also believed to contain large quantities of oil and natural gas. Mr Nagashima, who also sits on the National Security Committee, told representatives from more than 30 countries, including Russia and the US, the actions of Beijing poses…

This Is How China’s Will Fight And Win A War In The South China Sea

Key point: On January 28, Beijing declared all of its coastal Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) to be “foreign military-free zones” and defined all sea space inside China’s declared “9-Dashed Line Map” to comprise China’s “Blue Sovereign Soil.” China’s claims of South China Sea (SCS) ownership are illegal, but Beijing’s hyper-nationalistic officials increasingly encourage its forces to attack U.S. Navy ships operating lawfully there. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) appears to be calling for war—a war it may well get. But it is a war that will not stay confined…

South China Sea, Myanmar and RCEP on ASEAN agenda

Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said on Friday that the South China Sea remains a top agenda item for 2020 after meeting with his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. As the rotating chair of the bloc, Vietnam chose to focus on issues concerning the South China Sea, where several ASEAN nations have overlapping claims with China. China is intensifying its military presence on the expanding artificial islands and the recent deployment of ships to Vietnam’s and Malaysia’s exclusive economic zones have sparked concerns and have been…

Beijing sets sights on mighty Mekong as passage to South China Sea

CHIANG KHONG, THAILAND – Ninety-seven kilometers of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan Plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. China has long wanted to dredge the riverbed in northern Thailand to open passage for massive cargo ships — and potentially military vessels. Ultimately, a link could be carved from Yunnan province thousands of kilometers south through the Mekong countries of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.…