Coronavirus pandemic further strains US-China relations | World| Breaking news and perspectives from around the globe | DW

A “new Cold War”: the loaded term had already been floating in the air for some time, but on May 24 it was first used publicly by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the recent National People’s Congress in Beijing. He was reacting to Washington’s accusations that China was responsible for the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Wang accused Washington of spreading “lies and conspiracy theories,” telling journalists that in addition to the coronavirus, there was a “political virus” running rampant in the United States. Read more: Does US-China coronavirus blame…

China’s strategy for South China Sea air defence identification zone revealed | World | News

A source from the People’s Liberation Army, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the suggested ADIZ involves the Pratas, Paracel and Spratly island chains in the contested waterway. The arrangements for the area were as old as those for the East China Sea ADIZ. Beijing claimed it was waiting for the right time to release the news. Taiwan’s defence ministry said on May 4 that it was aware of the mainland’s strategies. Lu Li-Shih, a former instructor at Taiwan’s Naval Academy in Kaohsiung, said that the construction and development of…

World cannot ignore Chinese aggression in South China Sea

Admiral James Stavridis was 16th Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and 12th Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He spent the bulk of his operational career in the Pacific, including multiple command assignments. For the past two decades, China’s strategy in the South China Sea has been reminiscent of ancient general and strategist Sun Tzu, who said: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” In this turbulent time, that patience is beginning to change as China, emboldened by the…

US Navy warship again challenges Beijing’s South China Sea claims, World News

The US Navy has, once again, challenged Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea, sailing the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Mustin near the Paracel Islands. This comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing on a range of issues including the Hong Kong row and responsibility for the coronavirus outbreak. The US Navy has earlier sailed warships in a similar effort — first along the Paracel and Spratly islands in the last month, and the second near the Paracels in March. “On May 28 (local time), USS Mustin…

Indonesia rejects China’s claims in the South China Sea; says not bound by claims contravening international law, World News

Indonesia has rejected Chinese claims in the South China Sea in a letter written by Indonesia’s permanent mission to the United Nation to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the sea of the body. The letter as seen by WION said, “Indonesia reiterates that the nine-dash line map implying historic rights claim lacks international legal basis and is tantamount to upset UNCLOS 1982”. Nine dash line is Chinese claim in the South China sea and nearly encompasses the entire area include the disputed islands…

Using mask diplomacy to divert world attention from its misdeeds – Twin Cities

We’ve seen something like this before. Straight from its well-versed playbook, China has gone on a “charm offensive” to try to make the world forget Beijing’s culpability in the coronavirus crisis. This time, the charm offensive comes in the form of masks and ventilators. A decade ago, it was common to hear China advocate for its peaceful rise. Regional countries had nothing to worry about, or so the narrative went. That charm offensive turned out to be a ruse. By the mid-2010s, China had embarked on an aggressive maritime campaign…

China warning: MoD insider fears UK nuclear deterrent ‘can’t stop Beijing expansion’ | World | News

Last week, China revealed details of a sweeping law it plans to impose on Hong Kong to override the territory’s “one country, two systems” status, in a move that experts say will effectively end the territory’s autonomy. Beijing has made it clear it wants new security legislation passed since huge pro-democracy protests plunged Hong Kong into its deepest turmoil since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, but the legislation is set to place further strain on relationships with the West. Tensions have soared in recent weeks after US President Donald Trump…

COVID-19 Adds a New Dimension to an Undeclared Third World War

Key Points The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the devastating potential of viruses as a weapon of mass destruction. The strategic competition among major powers has already pushed the world into an undeclared “Third World War” with changed dimensions and instruments of warfare. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the intensity, dimension and trajectory of an undeclared Third World War and, in its aftermath, could possibly bring about a change in the global order. Summary In a global tug of war, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new dimension to the global…

John Ivison: China makes dangerous power plays while rest of the world copes with COVID-19

The Chinese navy garrisoned on Woody Island in the South China Sea revealed last week that it had managed to grow cabbages on sandy beaches using new “sand to earth” technology. It means that the military forces on an island bristling with J11 fighter jets and H6 bombers will no longer rely on imported vegetables. The discovery has implications for other man-made military outposts in the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands. China is pursuing what it calls a “cabbage strategy,” surrounding islands in the region with as many ships as…

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…