In July, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that Washington regards virtually all of China’s maritime claims in the disputed offshore region outside of its internationally recognized waters to be illegitimate. Although it remains neutral in territorial disputes, the Trump administration was in effect siding with the four ASEAN claimant states, along with Indonesia, which have all opposed China’s claims to virtually the entire waterway. … [Read more...] about ASEAN talks tackle pandemic, sea feud amid US-China rivalry
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Why is the South China Sea contentious? China's 'globalised' military power China's Xi inspects massive naval display Experts from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said a video from the Chinese Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper showed an H-6K landing and taking off from a base on Woody Island, the largest of the Paracel Islands. … [Read more...] about South China Sea dispute: China lands bombers on island
What else could it be used for?Dredging vessels are used for a wide range of tasks and reclaiming land is only one of them. But the fact that Chinese state media has dubbed this the "magic island-maker" seems to suggest this will be at least part of its job. … [Read more...] about What is China’s ‘magic island-making’ ship?
“It’s been introduced by serious senators, from both parties, and there’s no love for Beijing on either side of the aisle, in either chamber, right now,” King said. “But whether Trump would ever sign it is another story, as Trump may prefer to just hold it in reserve as a threat against his supposed good friend, mainland Chinese President Xi Jinping.” … [Read more...] about How China Will Resist if US Approves Sanctions over Maritime Expansion
Although the U.S. lays no claim to the South China Sea, the Trump administration has recently imposed sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for Beijing’s military buildup in the area. It includes airfields and radar and missile stations on islands constructed atop coral reefs, raising fears China may interfere with freedom of navigation in international waters. … [Read more...] about Pompeo asks ASEAN states not to let China `walk over us’