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Serious Chinese shenanigans persist in South China Sea

24th April 2020 - 22:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


One might have hoped that China would desist from its aggressive territorial claims and military activities in the South China Sea during the COVID-19 crisis. In fact, Beijing appears to be ramping up its controversial activities in the maritime area with at-sea collisions, seabed surveys in the Malaysian EEZ, announcing new administrative jurisdictions, military deployments and acerbic rhetoric.

This prompted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to warn: ‘You’ve also seen that the Chinese Communist Party is exerting military pressure on Taiwan and coercing its neighbours in the South China Sea, even going so far as to sink a Vietnamese

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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