South China Sea: urgent need for coordinated strategy to contain China

Source: The Times of India - View Original Article
Published: May 06, 2020
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64% Conservative


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Sentiments

92% "China has also been modernizing its naval force, which has emerged as a major force within China's near-seas region, and it is conducting a ..."
84% "Besides tempting them with financial aid, often China stops or threatens to stop commercial deals to compel other states to change their policies towards ..."
83% "In addition, the coercive diplomacy plays a significant part to deal with other disputants.""
82% "This key judgment needs to be understood by other claimants.""
80% "Retired Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carprio, rightly suggested that it is time that the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia reach out ..."
76% "An analysis of the current developments in the South China Sea (SCS) reveals that Beijing is exploiting the current focus of the International Community ..."
73% "Recently, China issued new names for 25 islands and reefs and 55 underwater entities in the SCS to assert its claims over them.""
71% "Recently, Pompeo raised serious concerns over the scientific report indicating that China's upstream dam operations have unilaterally altered flows of the Mekong River that ..."

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

92% : In February 202, China warship targeted the BRP Conrado Yap of the Philippines near Malampaya gas field in the West Philippine Sea.
92% : China has also been modernizing its naval force, which has emerged as a major force within China's near-seas region, and it is conducting a growing number of operations in more-distant waters, including the broader waters of the Western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and even in waters around Europe.
84% : Besides tempting them with financial aid, often China stops or threatens to stop commercial deals to compel other states to change their policies towards China.
83% : In addition, the coercive diplomacy plays a significant part to deal with other disputants.
82% : This key judgment needs to be understood by other claimants.
80% : A Chinese government survey vessel, the Haiyang Dizhi 8, has been operating close to a drillship under contract to Malaysian state oil company Petronas.
80% : Retired Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carprio, rightly suggested that it is time that the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia reach out one another in view of the recent China's harassment in their waters, particularly in the oil fields.
76% : An analysis of the current developments in the South China Sea (SCS) reveals that Beijing is exploiting the current focus of the International Community against the Coronavirus pandemic to establish its hegemony in the region.
73% : Recently, China issued new names for 25 islands and reefs and 55 underwater entities in the SCS to assert its claims over them.
71% : Recently, Pompeo raised serious concerns over the scientific report indicating that China's upstream dam operations have unilaterally altered flows of the Mekong River that can cause droughts in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
70% : China has launched the 'Blue Sea 2020' plan involving its multiple agencies to 'crackdown ' on offshore oil exploration and exploitation activities of other countries since 1st April.
69% : This gives China a major tool to intimidate smaller disputants.
63% : While Vietnam has lodged a complaint with the UN, the Philippines has filed two diplomatic protests with China over the violations of international law and of the Philippines sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea.
61% : These are disputed areas which are claimed among others by Vietnam and the Philippines.
61% : China wants its navy to be capable of acting as part of a Chinese anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) force -- a force that can deter U.S. intervention in a conflict in China's near-seas region over Taiwan or some other issue.
61% : While these protests may take some time to be taken up, the immediate need is to contain the Chinese aggressiveness in the SCS.
58% : Research stations have been established on Fiery Cross and Subi Reefs.
56% : Alongside, China is using its vessels to harass fishermen and drilling operations other nations.
56% : The above actions suggest that China is prepared for escalation and that it is not serious for resolution of the issue through negotiations.
55% : Diplomatic talks are aimed at buying time for strengthening its claims.
54% : This appears to be new weapon in the armoury of China.
52% : Beijing has adopted several methods to bring SCS under its control, which include creation of domestic laws and administrative units for the disputed region to assert is claims, extension of the existing features through the land reclamation process, militarising the islands, aggressive patrolling of the claimed region to deter other disputants, harassing the fishermen even in the EEZs of other nations, objecting the drilling operations by other nations, applying economic carrots and sticks to manage other disputants, etc.
51% : Beijing has the perception based on its three warfare strategy that through continuous and aggressive propaganda, a stage may be achieved when the world including other disputants could be forced to accept the Chinese claims.
47% : However, the misinformation is aggressively spread through various means to project that these areas belong to China.
46% : This stand-off between the Chinese and Malaysian vessels has been going on since December 2019 and is the latest development in a series of targeted harassment by the Chinese vessels of drilling operations in five oil blocks off the Malaysian coast.
43% : On the 3rd April, a Vietnamese boat with a crew of eight was sunk by a Chinese ship and when two Vietnamese fishing boats attempted to rescue eight fishermen, they were also detained.
42% : This was followed by the establishment of two districts to administer Paracel and Spratly in the SCS.
42% : The foregoing activities have pushed the smaller disputants to strongly protest against the Chinese provocative activities.
40% : Earlier Chinese vessels had encroached on the vicinity of Natuna islands which led to a stand-off between China and Indonesia.
39% : Any hope that the spread of pandemic world-wide could inspire China to at least suspend its aggressive activities, has been dashed to the ground.
36% : Malaysia in December 2019 had requested to the United Nations (UN) to stretch its boundaries beyond the normal 200 nautical miles.
33% : Hence, in a systematic manner it started with the cartographic aggression.
25% : He suggested joint patrolling by these nations.
24% : It began to project in its maps that the nine-dash line represented its sovereignty.
23% : This is worrisome for others in the region as it could significantly raise the level of tension and could possibly result in a conflict.
21% : Some suggestions have come up from the involved nations.
13% : On the contrary, the recent acts prove that Beijing has intensified its aggressive activities hoping that during this period there would not be any serious resistance to its game plan.

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