“While the world is combating the new coronavirus, COVID-19, China continues to fortify its islands in the South China Sea, with only muted response from the international community. Even the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing vessel brought minimal reaction from the international community, through the Philippines (https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Philippines-sides-with-Vietnam-after-China-sinks-fishing-boat)and U.S. military have made statements against the incident.
Prior to COVID19, China’s “War Without Gunsmoke strategy had already (https://www.usni.org/press/books/chinas-maritime–gray-zone-operations resulted in the near-normalization of its South china Sea military buildup and its “nine dash line” claims. Since 2013 the “Great Wall of Sand” (so dubbed by former Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Harry Harris) has become even more formidable. Combined with Chinese disregard for a 2016 Hague ruling that invalidated Chinese nine-dash-line claims, it is obvious that China will continue to persist in its claims, as I detailed in a 2017 article for Foreign Policy https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/29/could-the-chinese-communist-party-survive-dropping-south-china-sea-claims/
Despite this, the United States, the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Nations states can make headway by quickly acting in concert to prevent further garrisoning of the islands claimed by China in the South China Sea.
The islands afford China bases from which it can intimidate ASEAN states: (Association of South East Asian Nations, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) into abandoning their claims or acquiescing to China’s demands. China’s paramilitary forces and fishing vessels use the island bases as hubs from which to harass and even sink commercial ships from ASEAN countries. A coordinated, international response is necessary to curtail the success of China’s Monroe-esque Doctrine throughout Asia. (Monroe Doctrine warned European nations that the U.S. would not tolerate puppet regimes 1823)
The UN has a vital role to play in ensuring that China adheres to international law and respects the sovereignty of other member states. Any country that does not uphold the law or support the international system should be pressured to do so by the UnN. , lest its rulings become irrelevant”
It would be difficult to bring cohesion to the above looming assaults on South Asian states by China on this day of July 18, 2020 as the world contends with the Chinese Communist Party Virus Covid-19. This is the name which China approved of and so we use it. The entire world has been infected by something from atheist Communist China.
“China’s dream is to invade the whole world. The Philippines is its’ favorite”1948
Indeed it seems that this is coming, or, has come, to pass.