China incursions may spark ‘naval arms race’ – Carpio

MANILA, Philippines — China’s unbridled incursions into the West Philippine Sea and the disputed waters in the South China Sea may render the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) a dead letter treaty, retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned on Wednesday. Speaking at a webinar on maritime security issues, Carpio warned that China’s disregard for the international agreement could eventually trigger a “naval arms race” as coastal nations would try to strengthen their own maritime security forces to protect their territories. He reiterated…

U.S. Military’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ in South China Sea ‘Unprecedented’: Beijing Think Tank

The U.S. military exerted “maximum pressure” in the South China Sea last year thanks to “unprecedented” Navy and Air Force deployments to the area, a Chinese think tank has said in its latest report. Strategic weapons platforms including carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups were present in the contested waters for more days than any period in recent memory, the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI) said Friday. “The intensity, in terms of the scale, number and duration, of the U.S. military activities in the region in…

Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy

Be assertive close to home. But India should not shrink from distant waters, either. The commissioning ceremony on 10 March for the Indian Navy’s third Scorpene-class submarine “Karanj” Getty An interesting debate has emerged in the pages of The Interpreter involving maritime strategy. Arzan Tarapore wrote an article last month arguing that India should prioritise a sea denial strategy in the Indian Ocean aimed at “reinforcing defensive bulwarks “ that could dissuade China from “launching an attack, or, failing that, [be] thwarted from succeeding”. Two former admirals, James Goldrick and Sudarshan Y Shrikhande, subsequently offered a…

A Small Island Chain Could Be the Next Flashpoint in Taiwan-China Relations

Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine prompted much international outrage but little meaningful action. President Vladimir Putin was able to forcefully redraw his country’s borders, shrugging off the international sanctions that the United States and European Union imposed in response. Putin’s success augmented “the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way,” as U.S. President Barack Obama put it at the time. Given Crimea’s location in a small country—and the complex, often ethnically tinged territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia—the world…

Water Wars: The Quad Squad

The Biden administration continues to focus its diplomatic energy on the Indo-Pacific, hosting a virtual summit for the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad) and deploying senior officials to Asia to repair regional alliances. Meanwhile, regional disputes over national and international law are driving tensions in the East China Sea and South China Sea. The United States is seeking to work with its allies and partners to confront an increasingly assertive maritime posture from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Return of the Quad On March 12, the four heads of…

Sharp jump in US Navy transits to counter China under Trump

WASHINGTON — Activity by the U.S. Navy in its campaign to challenge China’s efforts to restrict transit in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait increased sharply over the past two years. According to U.S. Navy data, war ships maneuvered close to artificial islands claimed and developed by China 10 times in 2019 and another 10 times last year, at least double the annual number going back to 2014. And Navy ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait 13 times in 2020, the highest number of transits in at…

The long lost city of Tamao is hiding in plain sight

In downtown Macau stands a stone statue of a Portuguese explorer. Its size and prominent positioning give the impression that Jorge Álvares is a major figure in the history of this city-state known as the “Vegas of Asia.” In reality, Álvares is such a riddle that his likeness here is based on guesswork and, 500 years after his death, no one can yet pinpoint the location of his greatest achievement—the first European settlement in China. Historians aren’t even sure how he died. What they do believe is his death occurred…

Ceremony commemorates fallen soldiers from Gac Ma Island battle | National

A delegation of officials of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor and Khanh Hoa Provincial Confederation of Labor offered incenses and flowers to pay tribute to soldiers who sacrificed their lives in a naval battle on March 14, 1988 against  Chinese invasion on Gac Ma Island to protect the fatherland as well as affirmed Vietnam’s sovereignty over its seas and islands. According to the management board of Gac Ma memorial complex, the memorial complex dedicated to 64 naval soldiers received 2,350 delegations and organizations nationwide featuring more than 220,000 visitors…

Quad no grand solution to China challenge : The Tribune India

Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr Senior Journalist The first formal and virtual summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, United States President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, marking the beginning of the Quadrilateral — Quad, for short — on March 12 has its share of historical irony for India and the US. Fifty years ago, in 1971, the US was reaching out to China through Pakistan. In August of the same year, India signed a friendship treaty with the Soviet Union…