SCSC - Since the last months of 2014 after withdrawing the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 from the Vietnamese waters, China has adopted a new strategy to cover up its aggressive and hegemonic nature. China’s aggressiveness and intimidation has been gradually replaced by its “sweet - talking” about being committed to strengthening the friendship with its neighbouring countries via proposals for investment and cooperation projects that are worth millions of US dollars.
SCSC - In the joint statement published on 21 January 2015 at the end of a two - day bilateral Strategic Dialogue, the United States and the Philippines voiced their great concerns about China’s land reclamation activities on islands. The joint statement stressed that these actions undermined international law and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) signed between China and ASEAN countries in 2002.
SCSC - While China is speeding up encroachment acts in the East Sea, Taiwan has also taken moves to affirm its indispensable role in the East Sea disputes. Taiwan’s position on the East Sea is nearly identical to that of China. However, recently Taiwan has unveiled some different viewpoints against China over the East Sea.
SCSC - In 1995, Michael Pillsbury, an expert on China who has worked with every US president since Nixon and has, he writes, “arguably had more access to China’s military and intelligence establishment than any other Westerner”, was reading an article written by “three of China’s preeminent military experts” about “new technologies that would contribute to the defeat of the United States”. [READ MORE]
SCSC - A local government inadvertently confirmed that China is building a second aircraft carrier on Sunday, sparking a wave of media analysis of China’s maritime ambitions. According to Reuters, the government of Changzhou, a city in Jiangsu province, posted on its microblog that a Changzhou - based power cable manufacturer had been awarded a deal to supply products for China’s new carrier. The reports were also carried by a local newspaper before being scrubbed.
China currently operates one aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, the pride of China’s navy (which last year was even the subject of musical paeans). [READ MORE]
SCSC - Face it. China is a problem. Nations across the Pacific and Asia are looking for constructive solutions. And that’s the promise of a Quad Dialogue—a forum for developing cooperative, synchronized policies among India, Australia, Japan and the United States.
Start with the facts. China's economic policies are increasingly mercantilist. It is developing military capabilities to exclude others from operating in Asia. Beijing is no friend of democracy. [READ MORE]
SCSC - Earlier this week, I penned an admittedly pessimistic take on Central Asia’s short - and medium - term economic fortunes owing primarily to the collapse of the ruble. Even though the current crisis should be an important reminder of the risks of economic over - reliance on Russia, these states should seize the opportunity to appeal to China’s westward impulses.
Critically, by attracting Chinese trade and investment at a time of economic need, these former Soviet republics could bring some much - needed balance to their economies. [READ MORE]
SCSC - PM Modi will do well to find a balance between the American relevance in the economic arena and the need to collaborate with China on both economic and cultural revival theory.
US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk through the gardens at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on 25 January. Obama visited India for three days to attend Republic Day celebrations and meet Indian leaders. [READ MORE]
SCSC - In 1904 the founder of geopolitics Sir Halford Mackinder famously pronounced the end of “the Columbian epoch” – that of the dominance of the Western sea power – and the advent of the age of land power, in which the Heartland of Eurasia, or “the pivot area”, would hold the key to the world domination. The pivot area largely corresponded to the territory of the then Russian Empire – occupying central and northern Eurasia.
Mackinder’s main concern was that a rapidly industrializing and expansionist Tsarist Russia could successfully challenge the West’s sea - power - based primacy [READ MORE]
SCSC - Between complacency and confrontation there is a responsible way forward that keeps the Asia - Pacific a big enough place to accommodate the vital interests of both Beijing and Washington. The heavy lifting will have to be done by the United States. That's okay. The work will make America a stronger nation and a better Asian ally.
In the last decade, the Chinese regime has shown itself to be anti - democratic, no friend of free markets, a first - class cyber bully and more interested in rewriting or ignoring international norms than in respecting them. [READ MORE]
SCSC - Even before the hype over US President Barack Obama’s visit has died down, the Modi government is on the move to enhance its ties with China. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s ongoing visit is an important part of this effort, especially as she is accompanied by new Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who had done a full three - year term as ambassador to China till 2013.
Ms Swaraj was in China to work out the preliminaries of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s China visit most probably in May, which is expected to even the keel of the Sino - Indian relations that have been tilted by US President Obama’s recent visit to India. [READ MORE]
- Territorial disputes can be set aside
- Philippine, Indonesian Leaders to Discuss Territorial Spats
- Japan says South China Sea security impacts national interests
- THE SOUTH CHINA SEA LEGAL CASE INITIATED BY THE PHILIPPINES
- MALAYSIA AND THE EAST SEA
- THE PHILIPPINES AND THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ISSUE
- WHAT BEHIND CHINA’S “HISTORIC RIGHTS” OR “HISTORIC TITLE” IN THE EAST SEA
- CHINA DISTORTS HISTORICAL FACTS
- ASSESSMENT OF THE U.S. UPCOMING POLICIES ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
- U.S. and India Share Sense of Unease Over China
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