A ‘People’s War’ Could Be China’s Key to Winning the South China Sea

A Peoples War Could Be Chinas Key to Winning the South China SeaLast year China’s defense minister, General Chang Wanquan, implored the nation to ready itself for a “people’s war at sea.” The purpose of such a campaign? To “safeguard sovereignty” after an adverse ruling from the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The tribunal upheld the plain meaning of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), ruling that Beijing’s claims to “indisputable sovereignty” spanning some 80-90 percent of the South China Sea are bunk.

Australia - India bilateral defence agreement and its implications

downloadOn June 5th 2020, after a bilateral virtual Summit, Australian Prime Minister Morrison and his Indian counterpart Modi announced the signing of two landmark defence arrangements within the framework of Australia – India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership: the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) and the Defence Science and Technology Implementing Arrangement (DST). Under LEMOA, military ships and aircraft of both states shall refuel and get access to the maintenance facilities in each other’s maritime military bases.

The World China wants: How power will and won’t reshape Chinese ambitions

The World China wants How power will and wont reshape Chinese ambitionsDoes China want to transform the global order to advance its own interests and to reflect its own image? That may be the most important question in geopolitics today, yet the answers it elicits tend to reveal more about modern biases than they do about what a future Chinese superpower would look like. Those who want to project forward to a malevolent, expansionist China point to evidence of aggression in Beijing’s posture today. Those with a less apocalyptic view highlight more accommodating features in Chinese policy or note that China will face plenty of challenges that will keep it from reshaping the world even if it wants to. Many Western observers see a burgeoning new Cold War, with China serving as a twenty-first-century version of the Soviet Union.

Voices for international law in the South China Sea at the 37th ASEAN summit meetings

Voices for international law in the South China Sea at the 37th ASEAN summit meetingsFrom November 12 to 15, 2020, meetings within the framework of the 37th ASEAN Summit were hosted online by Vietnam, marking the end of a year of turbulence and challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the increasingly complicated situation in the South China Sea and power rivalry, the South China Sea issue is always a hot topic at the ASEAN meetings in 2020. As for the ASEAN 37th Summit and related meetings, the South China Sea issue was discussed in almost all of them in the spirit of upholding the rule of law.

The South China Sea in US policy under the new presidency

The South China Sea in US policy under the new presidency1. With the Trump administration’s last days in his first presidential term, there have been various scrutinises of Washington’s policy in the past four years and its specific moves in policy implementation. A field that particularly attracts researchers is the South China Sea because it directly connected to the US’ China policy. The Trump administration leaves behind an immense legacy on the South China Sea issue in terms of both legal aspect and field activities.

The implication behind the legislation of the Chinese Coast Guard Law

The implication behind the legislation of the Chinese Coast Guard LawA draft coast guard bill was released on the website of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) on November 4 to solicit public opinions within a month. The draft Law allows the Chinese Coast Guard to use force to suppress foreign vessels as well as organizations and individuals considered to be conducting illegal activities. The purpose of the regulation, as the draft Law explains, is to protect sovereignty, sovereign rights, jurisdiction and national interests within China’s waters.

The “fatal” weaknesses of Chinese military bases in the South China Sea

The fatal weaknesses of Chinese military bases in the South China SeaIn the past decade, China has been carrying out different manoeuvres and methods to take control over the South China Sea as the saying goes: “one must fulfil the basic needs to achieve his goals”, even though China’s “goals” are atrocious. Of those, the military is frequently the ultimate but most significant and decisive method. Therefore, Beijing has been promoting “militarization”, including building military bases on illegally occupied features features in the South China Sea, which produces substantive outcomes in practice and lays the ground for Beijing’s future moves toward its ambitions in the South China Sea.

China’s good faith in the South China Sea

Chinas good faith in the South China SeaOn September 22nd 2020, President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the 75th session of the United National General Assembly, in which he underscored the following points: China has no intention to conduct either cold or hot war with any country. China has been advocating resolving disputes with other countries through dialogues and negotiations. Relations among countries must be grounded in law and institution. No country is allowed to do whatever it likes and has the right to dominate the world, control other countries’ destiny, or enjoy all the benefits by itself. The world powers must respect international law, avoid double standard, and shall not distort international law to undermine other countries’ legitimate rights and interests or the world’s peace and stability. President Xi also called for cooperation from the United Nations member countries in building rule-based international order and community of common destiny for mankind to bring about a better future for the world.

A Chinese scholar’s mistaken opinion

A Chinese scholars mistaken opinionSince 2019, in an article published in China’s journal “Southeast Asia Research”, Mr. Zhao Weihua, Professor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China proposed a utopian view that Vietnam might compromise its sovereignty over the Paracel for the sake of enhanced standing in the Spratly. This delusional rhetoric was recently reiterated by Mr. Zhao Weihua in a 20-page article published in the Chinese open magazine Social Sciences Citation Index (CSSCI) in August 2020.

South China Sea: how a Spratlys radar system could give the PLA an information edge

South China Sea how a Spratlys radar system could give tChina’s sweeping communications network in the Spratlys will have a decisive role to play in Beijing’s crisis management plans to deal with its increasing tensions with the US in the South China Sea, according to military reports and analysts.

Several scenarios under consideration in Beijing feature the seven artificial islands which cover about 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres) of coral reefs in the disputed Spratly archipelago.

A report in Chinese military magazine Naval and Merchant Ships, said the US had tried to create a “grey zone” by forming a mini “Nato” in the Pacific to counter China, in a C-shaped arc linking India, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

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