China’s scheming tricks for the "nine-dash line" propaganda

http a long time, Chinese authorities and media have used every means to propagate its irrational "nine-dash line" claim in the South China Sea. We may still remember that 10 years ago, after sending the "nine-dash line" map to the United Nations in 2009, China started to actively propagate this irrational claim.

In 2012, China printed the "nine-dash line" in the passports of Chinese citizens, which faced strong opposition from other countries. The Philippines and Vietnam have refused to stamp visas on China's electronic passports and granted stapled visas instead.

Has it been recently that "the South China Sea is still peaceful?"

From perspective of FrenchOverthe last year, since August 2018, China and ASEAN countries have reached the single draft negotiating text on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) and after that China has been propagating to the public opinion that "the South China Sea is still peaceful", causing public opinion in and outside the region to mistakenly believe that the South China Sea is truly peaceful and therefore somewhat distracting. But the truth is not so. In fact, many of China's actions have made the South China Sea situation still very complicated, attracting attention and monitoring not only from regional researchers but also from the European strategic ones. Recently, several French strategic research agencies have made assessment of what China is doing in the South China Sea. Accordingly, China has been involving in the follows:

Vietnam should take a tougher stand against Chinese invasion

Bài 2As Chinese Haiyang Dizhi 8 geological survey vessel group repeatedly violated Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf since early July 2019 – not only moving closer to Vietnamese coast, expanding its activity scale, but also increasing its aggressiveness, the Institute for Legal and Development Policy Studies on October 6, 2019 held a seminar on the South China Sea in Hanoi. Many researchers, experts and former officials, including Dr. Hoang Ngoc Giao, Mr. Hoang Viet, Brigadier Le Van Cuong, former Ambassadors Nguyen Truong Giang, Nguyen Trung and Truong Trieu Duong participated in the seminar.

China continues to increase aggression in Vietnam's waters

Bai 1According to the latest tracking data that US Marine University’s marine expert Ryan Martinson updated on September 30, China's Haiyang Dizhi 08vessel returned to Vietnam's waters for the fourth time.

China’s Haiyang Dizhi 08 vessel group increased its aggression by sailing further into the waters of Vietnam, only about 100 nautical miles away from the Vietnamese coast. The areas where the vessel group operates this time were nine oil and gas lots which China illegally put up forbidding in 2012.

New wave of criticism against China’s behavior in South China Sea becomes Vietnam’s legal advantages

New waveSince China’s deployment Haiyang 08 ship and many escorts to conduct illegal surveys in the exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of Vietnam as well as intimidate and hinder the oil and gas cooperation activities of Vietnam for a long time, there have been many suggestions that Vietnam should sue China like the Philippines did in 2013. This article would like to mention another aspect related to the legal struggle: the strong reaction of international community criticizing Chinese behavior will create a great advantage for Vietnam when using legal measures to protect its legal rights and interests in South China Sea.

China’s missile testing threatens peace in the South China Sea


China tests missile China conducted large-scale military drills in the South China Sea from June 29 to July 3, 2019. The area for the exercises was located between Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands. What raising both the world’s and the region’s concerns was China’s first-time anti-submarine missile fire testing, during this exercise, from man-made features that China has illegally built in the South China Sea in recent years. Currently, China has about 27 military outposts scattered in the South China Sea.

Who “passed the buck”?

South China Sea 2016 01 30 18 07 07To justify the illegal activities of the Haiyang Dizhi 08 vessel group deep in Vietnam's 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, China affirmed that the operation of the Haiyang Dizhi 08 vessel group was completely legal, since:

1. Vanguard Bank is an integral part of "Nansha Islands" under China's "historical sovereignty";

Investigating the legal status of the Vanguard Bank

tải xuốngOver the past two months since early July 2019, China has deployed the geological survey vessel Haiyang Dizhi 08 accompanied by several Coastal Guard and militia vessels in the waters near Vanguard Bank. Many researchers, analysts and lawyers have publicly criticized China's behavior. In this article, we will analyze the legal status of the Vanguard Bank to demonstrate China’s unruly behavior.

Chinese military base in Cambodia - Threat to regional peace and stability

Cambodia-China-Navy-Twitter-900x540On July 21, 2019, the US Wall Street Journal reported that Cambodia had signed a tacit consent with China to allow Beijing to use a naval base on Cambodian territory.

The reports that China’s construction of a military base started catching headlines in the second half of 2018. At that time, US Vice President Mike Pence sent a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen, expressing concern that Phnom Penh is planning to continue receiving Chinese weapons in Ream Naval Base near Dara Sakor. In a response letter, Prime Minister Hun Sen has affirmed that Cambodia reject all foreign military presence, as well as "any rivalry that could push Cambodia into a proxy war once more time".

What does the US-ASEAN exercise in the South China Sea mean?

tải xuống 2Within the framework of the “ASEAN and US Defense Ministers’ Agreement 2018” , the US and 10 ASEAN member countries conducted the first joint maritime exercise with eight warships, four aircrafts and more than a thousand personnel on September 2-7 2019. The exercise was conducted amid ongoing Chinese coercive acts against its neighbors in the South China Sea, especially at the Vanguard Bank in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone, continental shelf, threatening Vietnam's long-term oil and gas cooperation activities. On the other hand, China seeks to “shut” other countries down, demanding to settle internally and not to internationalize the problem.

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