The strategic signal of an Indian presence in the South China Sea

Source: This post is based on the article “The strategic signal of an Indian presence in the South China Sea” published in The Livemint on 31th August 2021. Relevance: This article explains India’s presence in the South China Sea. Synopsis India’s naval manoeuvres in the South China Sea annoy China, but such bold signalling plays… Continue reading The strategic signal of an Indian presence in the South China Sea

An opportunity for India to pitch for holistic maritime security

Source: Indian Express Relevance: India’s role in steering the debate on maritime peace and security at UNSC. Synopsis: India undertakes the rotating Presidency of the UN Security Council. India has an opportunity to ensure that the global debate on maritime peace and security is approached more holistically, rather than focussing just on the security aspect… Continue reading An opportunity for India to pitch for holistic maritime security

Dispute over Paracel and Spratly Islands

News:China has again increased its presence in the South China Sea by unilaterally renamed 80 islands around the two disputed archipelagos of the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands. Facts: Spratly Islands: Spratly Islands are a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea.It is largely uninhabited. Countries in Dispute: China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines and… Continue reading Dispute over Paracel and Spratly Islands

Natuna Islands

News:China has been illegally fishing in the Natuna Islands area which is internationally recognized as Indonesia’s exclusive zone. Facts: The Natuna Islands is located in Indonesia’s Riau Islands province, the west side of the South China Sea. The Island overlaps with China’s nine-dash line claim under which China argues that the waters around the Natuna… Continue reading Natuna Islands

Asean-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX)

The United States and ASEAN Countries will be jointly conducting ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise(AUMX) in the South China Sea. The Maritime Exercise will lasts for five days starting at the Sattahip Naval Base in Thailand and ending in Singapore. In this exercise,all the members of the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) nations will take part which… Continue reading Asean-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX)

UK joins France and Germany to express concern over South China Sea tensions

UK, France and Germany have expressed concern over prevailing South China Sea situation. This statement came after Chinese and Vietnamese coast guard vessels are engaged in a standoff in South China sea over a lucrative oil blocks claimed by Vietnam near its coast. The three countries have also said that the legal framework set out… Continue reading UK joins France and Germany to express concern over South China Sea tensions

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

The United States military has said that one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal which is claimed by China in the South China Sea. This move comes against a background of increased tensions between the US and China as they had failed to reach trade deal.The US military has said that its… Continue reading U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

Navy joins exercises in South China Sea

Indian Navy has participated with the navies of the US, Philippines and Japan in their joint naval exercise in the disputed South China Sea. The exercise has been called as Group Sail exercise. The vessels that participated includes (a)Indian destroyer INS Kolkata and tanker INS Shakti (b)a guided missile destroyer from the US Pacific Fleet… Continue reading Navy joins exercises in South China Sea

Vietnam opposes military alliances in region: envoy

Vietnam opposes military alliances in region: envoy News: Vietnam recently expressed its non-committment in backing the “Quad” or quadrilateral coalition among India, the US, Japan and Australia, saying it welcomes any initiative to bring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region but is opposed to the formation of any military alliance. Important Facts: Vietnam Concerns:… Continue reading Vietnam opposes military alliances in region: envoy