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US Accuses Beijing Of Using Coronavirus As Cover For South China Sea Activity

The United States has accused China of using the global coronavirus pandemic to further expand its “unlawful claims” in the South China Sea. In a strongly worded statement, the US State Department gave Washington’s view of last week’s collision of a Chinese coastguard ship and a Vietnamese fishing vessel near the disputed Paracel Islands.

Xi’s ‘Neighborhood Diplomacy’ Runs Aground In South China Sea

An international tribunal’s rejection of China’s claim to most of the South China Sea has exposed a problem with President Xi Jinping’s “neighborhood diplomacy.” It hasn’t been very neighborly.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Beijing’s South China Sea Claims Rejected By Tribunal

An arbitration court ruled that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea and has breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights with its actions, infuriating Beijing which dismissed the case as a farce.

Read Here – Reuters

Why Does China Care So Much About Uninhabited Island

President Xi Says China Rejects Any Proposition, Action Based On South China Sea Arbitration Award

A Court You’ve Never Heard Of Is About To Raise The Stakes In The South China Sea

An obscure court in The Hague will soon issue a ruling likely to inflame tensions in the South China Sea and force Washington to clarify how far it is willing to go to defend its allies in Manila.

Read Here – Foreign Policy

China’s Island Radar Bigger Threat Than Missiles

China’s airstrip construction at Fiery Cross, Mischief, and Subi reefs, and more recently developments in the Paracel Islands, have dominated the South China Sea discussion. But capabilities being developed at its smaller Spratly Island outposts—Gaven, Hughes, Johnson South, and especially Cuarteron reefs—will prove equally important to Beijing’s long-term strategy.

Read Here – CSIS

The World In Quotation Marks

From Russian “volunteers” in Syria to Chinese “islands” in the South China Sea, foreign affairs today is full of deception.

Read Here – The Atlantic

Rumbles Across The Great Wall

China’s highly nationalistic new leadership may no longer simply accede to the existing international economic and security order; instead it appears to want to change that order, even if that means harming some of China’s most important trade ties.

Read Here – Businessweek

The United States Heads to the South China Sea: Foreign Affairs

The growing involvement of U.S. energy companies in the extraction of oil and natural gas from the South China Sea has added another layer to the United States’ strategy. According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy, major firms such as Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and ExxonMobil have partnered with the state-owned oil companies of Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines to develop promising reserves in maritime territories claimed by these countries as well as China. In October 2011, for example, Exxon announced a major gas find in waters claimed by Vietnam that are also said to be part of China’s own maritime territory.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

How Beijing Sees Abe’s Return

An Xinhua editorial that also appeared in the U.S. edition of the China Daily asserts that the impending premiership of Japan’s Shinzo Abe would “destabilize” East Asia. Yet the piece in reality makes a case for why Abe’s next term in office would be a good thing.  To quote from the article:

“…Abe has called for an increase in Japan’s defense spending, easing constitutional restrictions on the military and even changing Japan’s so-called Self Defense Forces into a full-fledged military.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Coming Economic Shift?

The dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku / Diaoyu islandscontinues to simmer. Even as International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde warned about the dangers to the global economyshould the dispute escalate, the fallout from the squabble continues to build momentum.  There was always going to be a risk of economic consequences for both sides, as Japanese companies operating in China were forced to shut down operations and had property damaged during the recent flair-up in tensions. Since the protests in China have stopped, a string of reports have emerged that show the consequences are going to be very real.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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