Why the U.S. Army (of the 1800s) Would Understand China’s South China Sea Strategy

This week I had a lively back-and-forth with a Southeast Asian friend about Communist China’s latest antics in the South China Sea. To wit, imagery shows that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has taken to deploying surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft to China’s island bases in the region along with transport helicopters. My friend, an army officer, claimed not to fully grasp why China does what it does in the South China Sea because its efforts transpire at sea, not on land. He attributed his puzzlement to the disparate worldviews that…

A Conversation With Judith February on Political Leadership and COVID-19 in South Africa

Too often, foreign policy conversations that aim to be global in scope lack sufficient attention to African opinions and equities. By 2050, one in four people in the world will be African. From questions of war and peace, the future of capitalism, the viability of democratic governance, and the fate of the climate to the institutional architecture that facilitates international cooperation, the future should be informed by Africans. In an effort to bring a broad range of perspectives to the CFR community, Senior Fellow for Africa Studies Michelle Gavin spoke…

China’s planned military exercise in South China Sea worries neighbors

May 27 (UPI) — China’s two aircraft carriers will be deployed in August near Taiwanese waters for military exercises, according to reports. The aircraft carriers Liaoning and Shandong will be deployed together in the Yellow Sea’s Bohai Bay for combat readiness drills which could include a simulation of a future assault on Taiwan’s Dongsha, or Pratas, Islands, according to the Global Times, Taiwan News and reports from Australia. The islands consist of three atolls controlled by Taiwan. China has claimed all of the South China Sea as its own, despite…

India Voices Unusual Criticism of China’s Conduct in South China Sea

India has voiced a rare note of criticism of China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea, amid a tensions between the two Asian powers on their long land border. A New Delhi-based analyst said India is concerned over China pressuring South China Sea claimant nations that India considers partners. India is also wary that China could seek to assert itself in the Indian Ocean. On Thursday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs commented on the recent incidents along the Line of Actual Control – the nearly 2,200 mile unsettled border…

China’s South China Sea Moves Raise Concerns

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should show some urgency regarding China’s latest actions in the South China Sea and hold a virtual meeting with member states to discuss this matter. Amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Southeast Asia, ASEAN member states are busy battling the virus while China is actively building its presence in the occupied territories. In March, China launched two new research stations on the Chinese-built artificial islands at Fiery Cross Reef and Subi Reef. Officials stated that they are under the Integrated Research Center…

Challenging China’s Claims In South China Sea, US Navy Warship Sails Near Paracel Islands

The Paracel Islands are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan. (Representational) Washington D.C.: Challenging Beijing’s claims in the highly contested South China Sea, US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin on Thursday (local time) sailed near Paracel Islands, reported CNN. “On May 28 (local time), USS Mustin (DDG 89) asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the Paracel Islands, consistent with international law,” Lt. Anthony Junco, a spokesperson for the US Navy’s 7th Fleet, was quoted as saying in a statement. “By conducting this operation, the United States demonstrated that…

Navy warships conduct back-to-back freedom-of-navigation operations in South China Sea – Pacific

Navy warships conduct back-to-back freedom-of-navigation operations in South China Sea YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill steamed near the disputed Spratly Islands on Wednesday, marking the second time the U.S. has sent a warship on a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea this week, according to the Navy. The mission challenged restrictions by China, Vietnam and Taiwan, which dispute sovereignty over the Spratly Islands, 7th Fleet spokeswoman Cmdr. Reann Mommsen said in a statement to Stars and Stripes on Thursday. The Philippines,…

Trapped green sea turtle rescued in south China

00:37 A green sea turtle that was discovered belly up on the shores of Sansha City, south China’s Hainan Province, was rescued and released back in the water. A fisherman had discovered the turtle, which weighs about 100 kilograms, lying on its back on the beach while patrolling it.  He reported it to local authorities, which dispatched a team to rescue the stranded animal. The turtle might have come onshore to lay eggs, but is suspected to have accidentally fallen from a rock on its back and couldn’t flip over.…

PLA expels US destroyer from island waters in South China Sea

The Nandao Island of Xisha Xuande Islands. [Photo/Xinhua] The Chinese military warned and expelled a US navy vessel on Thursday that illegally entered the territorial waters of China’s Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, Senior Colonel Li Huamin, the spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command, said. On Thursday, the guided missile destroyer USS Mustin sailed into the territorial waters of the islands without permission from the Chinese government. The theater command then dispatched naval and air units to identity, monitor and warn the vessel to leave,…