Parsing The US Public Relations Campaign Concerning The South China Sea – Analysis

As the US-China contest for regional dominance heats up, the South China Sea is becoming a main cockpit of the struggle – – both militarily and for control of the narrative.  Many have analyzed and criticized China’s actions and its narrative defending them. https://news.usni.org/2020/05/26/report-to-congress-on-chinese-naval-modernization-3; https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/world/asia/coronavirus-south-china-sea-warships.html; https://www.npr.org/2020/04/24/843529566/china-makes-more-moves-in-south-china-sea-to-defend-territorial-claims  This analysis focuses on US actions and its public diplomacy effort.  It has developed a clever, comprehensive and consistent narrative blaming China for rising tension and portraying itself as simply responding to China’s threats as the region’s defender and savior.  But this narrative cries out for careful…

US B-1B bombers just flew over the South China Sea

Two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers conducted another flyover in the South China Sea on Tuesday, marking a new increase in flyovers in the region after the bombers deployed to Guam on May 1. The two bombers were based at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, and supported a Bomber Task Force mission “showcasing their ability to fly, sail, & operate anywhere international law allows, at the time and tempo of our choosing,” according to the Pacific Air Forces. 2 B-1Bs from Dyess AFB conducted a mission in the South…

Is China taking advantage of COVID-19 to pursue South China Sea ambitions? | Asia| An in-depth look at news from across the continent | DW

Over the past months, as countries in the Pacific region were focused on battling the coronavirus, multiple sources reported that China stepped up patrols and naval exercises in the highly disputed South China Sea. Read more: South China Sea – what you need to know The activities of the Asian powerhouse in the region, however, did not slip by the eyes of Washington, which went on to accuse Beijing of “exploiting” its neighboring countries as they are “distracted” with the pandemic. “We call on the PRC [People’s Republic of China] to…

To Compete With Russia and China at Sea, Think Small

Great power competition requires more than preparing for great power conflict. No other navy comes close to the sheer number of aircraft carriers, cruisers, and destroyers in the U.S. fleet, but when it comes to smaller vessels like frigates and corvettes, the United States is far outnumbered by China and Russia. And being top-heavy is not good for stability in today’s power dynamics. For the last few years, the U.S. Navy has been engaged in great power competition, ostensibly on many levels. At one end of the spectrum, this means deterring…

Sea Control 178 – Lawfare at Sea with Dr. Jill Goldenziel

By Jared Samuelson Dr. Jill Goldenziel (@jillgoldenziel) joins me (@jwsc03) to discuss the origins and types of lawfare, lawfare at sea, how the Chinese are using lawfare in the South China Sea, and what the U.S. can do to fight back. Download Sea Control 178 – Lawfare at Sea with Dr. Jill Goldenziel Links Jared Samuelson is the Senior Producer of the Sea Control Podcast. Contact him at seacontrol@cimsec.org. Like this: Like Loading… Related featured Source link

China denies using Coronavirus to grow presence in South China Sea – world news

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbours in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. China’s foreign minister is dismissing claims that the country is exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to expand its footprint in the South China Sea, labelling such accusations as “sheer nonsense.” State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters at a news conference…

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.…

China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea – Pacific

China denies using virus to grow presence in South China Sea Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge. See other free reports here. Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here. Please support our journalism with a subscription. BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in…

China Denies Using Virus to Grow Presence in South China Sea

BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___ CHINA DISMISSES CLAIMS OF EXPLOITING VIRUS CONCERNS China’s foreign minister is dismissing claims that the country is exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to expand its footprint in the South China Sea, labeling such accusations as “sheer nonsense.” State Councilor and…

Beijing not advancing claims in South China Sea with COVID-19 as cover—foreign minister

China has overlapping territorial claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam in the South China Sea. The Straits Times/Asia News Network/ALPHONSUS CHERN BEIJING — China is not making use of Covid-19 to assert its dominance in the South China Sea, said its foreign minister, Mr Wang Yi, on Sunday (May 24). Rebutting claims that Beijing was taking advantage of the distraction caused by the pandemic in Southeast Asia, Mr Wang said China has been working with Asean countries to beat the coronavirus. “There is nothing to support the claim that China…