China’s cognitive dissonance and US Presidential election

Biden understands that to counter Beijing, the West and America’s allies need to speak with one voice and be willing to act in unison.   Conventional wisdom implies that Beijing wants President Donald Trump to be defeated on 3 November. After all, he has presided over the greatest deterioration in Sino-US relations since diplomatic relations were established in 1979 and the path he has set America on vis-à-vis China will endure well beyond the end of his time in office. As a result of his actions, there is now broadly…

Several non-claimant states reject China’s claim in South China Sea

This means these countries told the UN that we do not want any violation of the UNCLOS (the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and do not want the UNCLOS to be reduced or made vague. Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a slew of non-claimant ASEAN member states were rejecting China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. ASEAN member states and several big nations have sent notes verbales (diplomatic notes) to the UN rejecting China’s maritime claims in the South China…

Ending China’s days of expansionism with the Quad

Coordination between the US and other members of the Quad group is aimed at sending a firm message to China that its aggressive expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region Ladakh, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific is coming to an end. By Praful Bakshi The world is witnessing a new phenomenon the rise of an aggressive China thirsting for land and sea territories in the nations surrounding it and creating a zone of hostility. These hostile activities extend from the South China Sea, Sea of Japan, the sea around Taiwan and…

China’s global fishing dominance, unmatched in size and reach

More than a hundred kilometres from shore, near the coast of West Africa, I accompanied marine police officers from Gambia as they arrested 15 foreign ships for labour violations and illegal fishing over the course of a week in 2019. All but one of the vessels arrested were from China. At the beginning of that same year, during a month-long voyage on a toothfish longliner headed into Antarctic waters from Punta Arenas, Chile, the only other ships we passed were a dozen rusty Chinese purse seiners that looked barely seaworthy.…

China’s global fishing dominance, unmatched in size and reach

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than a hundred kilometres from shore, near the coast of West Africa, I accompanied marine police officers from Gambia as they arrested 15 foreign ships for labour violations and illegal fishing over the course of a week in 2019. All but one of the vessels arrested were from China. At the beginning of that same year, during a month-long voyage on a toothfish longliner headed into Antarctic waters from Punta Arenas, Chile, the only other ships we passed were a dozen rusty Chinese purse seiners that…

Vietnam protests China’s illegal corporate registrations on Paracel Islands

“Vietnam’s consistent stance is to strongly protest the formation of what is called the Sansha City and relevant activities that seriously violate Vietnam’s sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press meet Thursday. Hang was responding to inquiries to information that since 2012, China has registered over 400 companies in what it calls “Sansha City” on Woody Island, which is part of Vietnam’s Paracel Islands. The information was first announced last month on the official website of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) under the Center…

‘Immediately stop’: China’s warning to US after destroyer stand-off in disputed waters

The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain crossed through the South China Sea, passing near the disputed Paracel Islands, on Friday. File photo / Wikipedia Beijing is doubling down on its assertion of total control over the South China Sea, swarming warships and aircraft around a US destroyer as it sailed through international waters at the weekend. “We urge the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions, strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality,” a Chinese military spokesman…

‘Immediately stop’: China’s warning to US

Beijing is doubling-down on its assertion of total control over the South China Sea, swarming warships and aircraft around a US destroyer as it sailed through international waters at the weekend. “We urge the US side to immediately stop such kind of provocative actions, strictly manage and control its maritime and air military operations so as not to cause any eventuality,” warns a Chinese military spokesman. The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain crossed through the South China Sea, passing near the disputed Paracel Islands on Friday. It’s the third such…

Successive typhoons predicted in south China’s Hainan

Three typhoons are expected to successively hit south China’s island province of Hainan in mid-October, local weather station forecasted. The province is currently experiencing typhoon Linfa, which is the 15th cyclone of this year, with torrential rains hitting the southeastern stretch of Hainan, the Xisha Islands, as well as parts of the province’s coastal areas from Sunday. The 16th typhoon of this year will form in the east of the South China Sea on Monday, and it is expected to make landfall late Tuesday or daytime on Wednesday in southeastern…

Vietnam- India cooperation against China’s aggressiveness

The wave of protests from community elements, workers, students, academics and activists against the legalization of the ‘Omnibus Law on Job Creation Bill’, is entering its peak on October 8, 2020. The omnibus law demonstration was not only held in Jakarta, but also in major cities across the country. The masses across the region expressed disappointment by calling for a ‘motion of no confidence’ against the central government and the Indonesian Parliement (DPR) for betraying the people by issuing regulations that were more beneficial to entrepreneurs and investors, but not…