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Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, China remains “hungry” for the control over the South China Sea

China AmistSince the end of 2019, the novel Coronavirus said to be originated from China has caused an unprecedented global pandemic unseen in the past two centuries and ferociously rampaged the world, costing the lives and safety of tens of thousands of people. When the whole world, including China itself, is still engulfed in the battle against this deadly pandemic, Beijing loses no time in spinning the virus narrative to its advantage, especially to realize the “sovereignty” ambition within the nine-dash line in the South China Sea. China has conducted both field activities and media propaganda, notably its two actions that deserve public criticism.

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EU Ambassador voices concern over unilateral actions in East Sea

EU AmbThe EU is committed to the legal order for the seas and oceans based upon international law, maritime security and cooperation, as well as the freedom of navigation and overflight, in the interest of all states, EU Ambassador to ASEAN Igor Driesmans told a Vietnam News Agency reporter in Jakarta on April 26.

Jakarta (VNA) – The EU is committed to the legal order for the seas and oceans based upon international law, maritime security and cooperation, as well as the freedom of navigation and overflight, in the interest of all states, EU Ambasador to ASEAN Igor Driesmans told a Vietnam News Agency reporter in Jakarta on April 26.

Are America and China Headed Towards a South China Sea Showdown?

Headed towrdsThis week American warships, which were joined by an Australian Navy vessel, took part in a drill in the South China Sea as tensions rise again between China, Malaysia, and Vietnam over the disputed waters. The USS America (LHA-6), an amphibious assault ship, which operates with at least five Marine F-35B Lightning II fighters as well as MV-22Bs tiltrotors and CH-53 helicopters as part of a typical Maine air combat element, remains the most significant operational naval asset in the region as the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) remains in Guam while its crew recovers from the coronavirus.

The New York Times reported that USS America, joined by the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52), entered the contested waters off Malaysia, as Chinese government survey ship Haiyang Dishi 8 has been "tailing" a Malaysian state oil company ship that is carrying out exploratory drilling. Despite working to control the spread of the coronavirus, which originated in China last year, Beijing has not reduced its activities in the strategic waterway throughout which one-third of global shipping flows.

Military analysts have said Chinese assertiveness has only intensified.

China could soon sink US in South China Sea

China defeatRecent US deployment to contested waterway likely has Chinese strategic planners thinking: 'So that's all you've got?'

Nations, like sports teams, don’t always recognize when they might get knocked off their perch.

The USS America, a new amphibious assault ship, is now patrolling in the South China Sea with another US cruiser, a US destroyer and an Australian destroyer.

They are operating near where a Chinese research vessel backed by Chinese Coast Guard ships is in a standoff with Malaysian ships. The Malaysians object to the Chinese being inside their Exclusive Economic Zone, which China claims as its own, along with most of the South China Sea.

Rear Admiral Fred Kacher, commander of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, stated: “To bring this much combat capability together here in the South China Sea truly signals to our allies and partners in the region that we are deeply committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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How China has ramped up aggression in South China Sea amid the coronavirus pandemic

Corona ChinaAs Chia was scrambling to contain the corona outbreak that ravaged parts of the country before crossing international boundaries, it was asserting its presence in the South China Sea through a continued campaign of aggression and harassment.

Despite the pandemic, Beijing has not reduced its yearslong activities in the crucial waterway, through which a third of the world's shipping passes annually. Several islands in the area and coastal waters have become the center of a fierce territorial dispute among several countries -- China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei, which all claim rights to oil exploration there.

China claims nearly every island in the South China Sea and has constructed other islands with military outposts, worrying other nations in the region and the United States.

As the world continues to be preoccupied with containing the coronavirus pandemic, China recently strengthened its grip in the area by creating new administrative districts -- the Xisha District and Nansha District -- in Sansha City, a prefecture-level unity on Woody Island, according to Chinese state media.

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Vietnam has full, undeniable sovereignty over Hoang Sa, Truong Sa archipelagos

VOV.VN - China’s establishment of the so-called districts of “Xisha” and “Nansha” in “Sansha” city, Hainan province, violates international law and Vietnam’s sovereignty rights over Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagos.

Vietnam long ago established its undeniable sovereignty rights over these two archipelagos.

According to the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs, the so-called "Xisha island district" will be located on Phu Lam island in Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago. The head administrative office of the so-called “Nansha district” will be located on Fiery Cross Reef in Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago.

Japan concerned over China's establishment of districts in East Sea

TS archiJapanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi has voiced his concerns over China’s establishment of districts to administer the Paracel (Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago) and Spratly islands (Vietnam’s Truong Sa archipelago) in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea), Japan’s Kyodo News reported.

Hanoi (VNA) – Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi has voiced his concerns over China’s establishment of districts to administer the Paracel Chain (Vietnam’s Hoang Sa archipelago) and Spratly Islands (Vietnam's Truong Sa archipelago)in the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea), Japan’s Kyodo News reported.

US says China should stop 'bullying behavior' in South China Sea

China OilThe U.S. said Saturday it was concerned by reports of China’s “provocative actions” aimed at offshore oil and gas developments in the South China Sea.Three regional security sources told Reuters on Friday that a Chinese government survey ship was tagging an exploration vessel operated by Malaysia's state oil company Petronas in those waters.

The vessel Haiyang Dizhi 8 was earlier this week spotted off Vietnam, where it had last year conducted suspected oil exploration surveys in large expanses of Vietnam's exclusive economic zone.

"The United States is concerned by reports of China's repeated provocative actions aimed at the offshore oil and gas development of other claimant states," the U.S. State Department said in an emailed statement in response to questions on the Haiyang Dizhi 8's presence in Malaysian waters.

Related parties in South China Sea must abide by int'l law, Hanoi says

VN spokeThe Hanoitimes - Submitting three diplomatic notes to the UN within 10 days is considered Hanoi's strong move.

Related parties in the South China Sea must comply with international law, especially the United Nations Convention of the Law on the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has stated as China stirred tensions in disputed waters.

The compliance with international law shows the commitment to advancement of the friendship among countries for peace, stability, and cooperation in the South China Sea, region and the world, the MOFA's Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang has said.

Vietnam sincerely wishes that the nations’ legitimate rights are in line with UNCLOS, Hang said on April 21 in response to reporters' question on recent developments in waters of several ASEAN countries in the South China Sea, which is known as the East Sea in Vietnam.

Local media reported that Vietnam has made significant moves. On April 10, the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the United Nations submitted two diplomatic notes namely 24/HC-2020 and 25/HC-2020 to the United Nations’ Secretary-General António Guterres to show Hanoi’s stance on its sovereignty on the South China Sea and affirm Vietnam’s obvious rights in the sea.

On March 30, Vietnam submitted diplomatic note 22/HC-2020 to protest China for rejecting the diplomatic notes by both Malaysia and the Philippines.

China’s survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 entered waters near Malaysia on April 16 and was close to an exploration vessel operated by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to Reuters.

Haiyang Dizhi 8 intruded Vietnamese waters during three months last year, causing a stand-off between Vietnam and China.

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Russian expert: China has no right to Spratly and Paracel Islands

China has noGrigory Lokshin from the Centre for Vietnam and ASEAN Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies made the remarks in a recent interview given to a Moscow-based VOV correspondent.

Here are extracts from the interview:

VOV: What do you think of China’s recent announcement of its decision to establish the so-called districts of "Xisha" and "Nansha" in "Sansha City" in an attempt to manage Vietnamese territory in the East Sea, namely the archipelagoes of Hoang Sa, also known as the Paracel islands, and Truong Sa, also known as the Spratly islands?

Grigory Lokshin: I'm very concerned regarding the establishment of two administrative hubs on the Vietnamese islands of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa, both of which originally belong to the country but were occupied by the Chinese army in 1974. The recent actions by China shows that their leaders are attempting to take advantage of the severe global crisis caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic as a means of taking complete control of the East Sea and transforming it into an "inland lake".

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