Bài học không cũ từ bãi cạn Scarborough

30/03/2021 11:06 GMT+7

TTO Sự kiện bãi cạn Scarborough năm 2012 chỉ là vấn đề của Philippines và Trung Quốc. Sự kiện hơn 200 “tàu cá” Trung Quốc có mặt ở đá Ba Đầu hiện nay là vấn đề lớn hơn thế nhiều.

Đá Ba đầuBiển Đông: Trung Quốc sẽ diễn lại kịch bản “Vành Khăn” tại Đá Ba Đầu?

Không chỉ Trung Quốc và Philippines, Việt Nam cũng tuyên bố chủ quyền đối với đá Ba Đầu. Câu hỏi đặt ra là liệu Trung Quốc có ngang nhiên biến Ba Đầu thành sự kiện bãi cạn Scarborough thứ hai hay không?

Bà Lê Thị Thu Hằng, người phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Việt Nam, đã lên tiếng chỉ trích Trung Quốc vi phạm chủ quyền Việt Nam. Trong khi đó, Ngoại trưởng Mỹ Anthony Blinken cũng lên tiếng trên Twitter sẵn sàng bảo vệ Philippines trước các tàu dân quân Trung Quốc.

Mặc dù ông Blinken nói thêm là Mỹ sẵn sàng ủng hộ các đồng minh và trật tự quốc gia dựa trên luật lệ, nhưng có vẻ Mỹ đã thể hiện họ sẽ ủng hộ ai. Trong khi đó, tổ chức ASEAN vẫn chưa thấy lên tiếng. Tiếp tục đọc “Bài học không cũ từ bãi cạn Scarborough”

Vietnam demands China end East Sea violations

By Vu Anh   March 25, 2021 | 08:28 pm GMT+7 VNExpressVietnam demands China end East Sea violationsThe Grierson Reef of the Spratly Islands. Photo by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).Chinese vessels operating near the Spratly Islands is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty and must be ended, Vietnam has demanded.

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US backs Philippines in standoff over South China Sea reef

The United States said it’s backing the Philippines in a new standoff with Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, where Manila has asked a Chinese fishing flotilla to leave a reef.China ignored the call, insisting it owns the offshore territory.The US Embassy said it shared the concerns of the Philippines and accused China of using “maritime militia to intimidate, provoke, and threaten other nations, which undermines peace and security in the region.”“We stand with the Philippines, our oldest treaty ally in Asia,” the US Embassy in Manila said in a statement.

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Biển Đông: Lợi ích chung, không thể hành động riêng

DANH ĐỨC 15/3/2021 7:00 GMT+7

TTCTTrong khi Hoa Kỳ vẫn đóng vai trò chủ chốt trong các nỗ lực duy trì một Biển Đông mở và tự do cho thương mại và hàng hải, nhiều quốc gia khác đang sốt sắng nhập cuộc.

Tháng 3-2021 bắt đầu bằng những phô phang sức mạnh của Trung Quốc qua cuộc tập trận của hải quân nước này ở một khu vực phía tây bán đảo Lôi Châu thuộc cực nam tỉnh Quảng Đông, phía tây nhìn ra vịnh Bắc Bộ, phía nam cách đảo/tỉnh Hải Nam 30km qua eo biển Quỳnh Châu, và phía đông nhìn ra Biển Đông.

USS Nimitz, một trong những tàu sân bay của Mỹ từng có mặt trên Biển Đông. -Ảnh: The Japan Times

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Germany to send 1st warship through South China Sea in nearly 2 decades


Taiwan News

German frigate’s forthcoming transit comes as Western allies step up ‘freedom of navigation’ passages in disputed sea

 

German Sachsen-class frigate the Hamburg (Bundeswehr photo)

German Sachsen-class frigate the Hamburg (Bundeswehr photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A German frigate will traverse the South China Sea this summer for the first time since 2002, German officials confirmed Tuesday (March 1).

Officials in the country’s defense and foreign ministries told Reuters that the frigate, scheduled to embark on a trip to Asia in August, will traverse the South China Sea on the return leg of its journey.

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BEIJING BOLSTERS THE ROLE OF THE CHINA COAST GUARD


BY SUMATHY PERMAL | MARCH 1, 2021
AMTI UPDATE

Beijing’s South China Sea moves have ramped up with the passing of a law allowing the China Coast Guard (CCG) to fire on what it identifies as illegal foreign vessels in waters under its jurisdiction. By virtue of China’s nine-dash line claim, this law applies to the entire South China Sea. Given that China’s claims are opposed by other South China Sea claimants as well as numerous non-claimant countries, the law has proven controversial and raises concerns over whether it will increase the risk of confrontation and conflict in the disputed waters.

The Law

On January 22, the standing committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed a new law empowering the CCG to employ “all necessary means” to stop or prevent threats from foreign vessels and specifying the circumstances under which different weapons, “handheld, shipborne, or airborne,” can be deployed, as well as allowing it to demolish structures built by other claimants in areas China considers its own. This new law is another manifestation of the CCG’s expanding role. The roles and practices of the CCG have generally been in line with those of other coast guards around the world. This specific law, however, lays out the powers and duties of the CCG in so called “jurisdictional waters,” which include the highly contested areas in the South China Sea. For now, the law amounts to a figurative shot across the bows of other claimants—but that shot could soon be literal.

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Kíp tàu ngầm đầu tiên của Việt Nam – những câu chuyện bây giờ mới kể

TTO – Đúng 9h ngày 2-6-2017, lần đầu tiên trong lịch sử Hải quân nhân dân Việt Nam và cả Tổ quốc, quả tên lửa phóng đi từ tàu ngầm bắn trúng trực tiếp mục tiêu, ghi dấu mốc đầy tự hào với kíp tàu ngầm lớp kilo 636 số hiệu 182-Hà Nội.

Đây cũng chính là kíp tàu ngầm đầu tiên được đi Nga học.

Nhớ lại những dấu mốc không thể nào quên với tàu ngầm kilo số hiệu 182, thiếu tá Nguyễn Trọng Khôi, thuyền trưởng tàu ngầm mang tên thủ đô Hà Nội, nói: “Khi bước chân sang Nga học, chúng tôi đã quyết tâm học, không chỉ vì danh dự của mỗi cá nhân mà còn học vì Tổ quốc”. Tiếp tục đọc “Kíp tàu ngầm đầu tiên của Việt Nam – những câu chuyện bây giờ mới kể”

China ‘threatens war’ with Philippines as US pledges support to Manila

31 Jan, 2021 01:26 AM7 minutes to read Nzherald

China's President Xi Jinping 'threatened war' with the Philippines this week. Photo / AP
China’s President Xi Jinping ‘threatened war’ with the Philippines this week. Photo / AP

news.com.auBy: Jamie Seidel25

China is “threatening war” after it authorised its warships to open fire on fishers plying traditional waters, warns the Philippines. Now Washington says it has Manila’s back.

Beijing has passed legislation calling upon its military-controlled coast guard to open fire upon “foreign” vessels and destroy “illegal” structures within the East and South China seas.

Problem is, those territories don’t belong to it.

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Which means the law represents a significant escalation in international tensions.

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And that has Manila worried the region is about to erupt in violence.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. says the Chinese move “is a verbal threat of war to any country that defies the law”. Any nation not rejecting the law will be signalling its “submission”.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=nzherald&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1354352774591389697&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nzherald.co.nz%2Fworld%2Fchina-threatens-war-with-philippines-as-us-pledges-support-to-manila%2F3Y5CG364WQOCTY773AV42FWHIE%2F&siteScreenName=nzherald&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

Beijing’s aggressive new legislation orders its coast guard to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organisations or individuals at sea”.

Hours after the new law was passed, a flight of H-6K strategic bombers escorted by advanced fighters made a dummy “attack run” on the USS Theodore Roosevelt battle group.

Filipino fishers operating out of Thitu (also known as Pag-asa) island in the Spratly Islands also reported Chinese coast guard and militia vessels forcing them out of traditional waters.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) pictured off the coast of England in 2015.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) pictured off the coast of England in 2015.

Making a stand

New US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has responded to Beijing’s intimidation by contacting Mr Locsin, telling him the longstanding defence agreement between the two nations would be honoured.

Aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt steams into the South China Sea

Geoff Ziezulewicz

Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt watch the warship John Finn approach for a replenishment-at-sea earlier this month. TR and its strike group entered the South China Sea on Saturday. (MC1 Chris Cavagnaro/Navy)

The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and its strike group entered the South China Sea Saturday [1/23/2021], a month into their second deployment in a year.

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CHINA TO CONDUCT MILITARY DRILLS IN SOUTH CHINA SEA AMID TENSIONS WITH U.S.

By Reuters Staff, Reuters

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francis Malasig/Pool

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Tuesday it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after Beijing bristled at a U.S. aircraft carrier group’s entry into the disputed waters.

A notice issued by the country’s Maritime Safety Administration prohibited entry into a portion of waters in the Gulf of Tonkin to the west of the Leizhou peninsula in southwestern China from Jan. 27 to Jan. 30, but it did not offer details on when the drills would take place or at what scale.

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A U.S. carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea on Saturday to promote “freedom of the seas,” the U.S. military said, days after Joe Biden began his term as president.

The contested waters have become another flashpoint in the increasingly testy bilateral relationship between Beijing and Washington. The U.S. military has steadily increased its activities there in recent years as China asserts its territorial claims in the area in conflict with neighbouring countries including Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan.

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The announcement of the drills in the Gulf of Tonkin, just east of Vietnam, came as the Southeast Asian country opened a key Communist Party congress in Hanoi.

China on Monday complained that the United States frequently sends aircraft and vessels into the South China Sea, through which trillion dollars in trade flow every year, to “flex its muscles” and said such actions are not conducive to peace and stability in the region.

Reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Additional reporting by James Pearson in Hanoi; Writing by Se Young Lee; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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