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In mid-Aug 2020, China has fired an array of missiles near the Paracel Islands, clearly intended to shape the attitudes and actions of the US and ASEAN. China says it doesn’t need to recognize international law — because it doesn’t think it had enough influence in shaping its regional security environment.
In PLA Navy culture, the nine-dash is a boundary between home and abroad. Every time a Chinese warship crosses it heading overseas, sailors formally say farewell to the motherland and vice versa.

The PLA Navy’s Southern Theater Command in the South China Sea has conducted exercises for capture of Taiwan's Dongsha islands (Pratas).
 
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Sandhi Yudha

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In mid-Aug 2020, China has fired an array of missiles near the Paracel Islands, clearly intended to shape the attitudes and actions of the US and ASEAN. China says it doesn’t need to recognize international law — because it doesn’t think it had enough influence in shaping its regional security environment.
In PLA Navy culture, the nine-dash is a boundary between home and abroad. Every time a Chinese warship crosses it heading overseas, sailors formally say farewell to the motherland and vice versa.

The PLA Navy’s Southern Theater Command in the South China Sea has conducted exercises for capture of Taiwan's Dongsha islands (Pratas).
Regarding the Nine-dashline as the territorial border....absolutely not an imperialistic attitude... :-D

Such things like this you can expect in a society based on propaganda and censorship.

Cheng Lei, a presenter for China Global Television Network (CGTN), is suspected of "criminal activity endangering China's national security".
 

Ananda

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China clearly in the active diplomatic approach to SCS neighbors, in the effort to regain trust. Sending the Defense Minister shown how they want to talk on rule of conduct in SCS and Defense relationship building.

However they're also clearly still want to do it not in multilateral/International body level. They try to gain their agenda through bilateral approach.

Cheng Lei, a presenter for China Global Television Network (CGTN), is suspected of "criminal activity endangering China's national security".
I got two University mates that currently working with KPMG in Shanghai. One is Indonesian Chinese decent, the other is Indonesian with Sumatra Malays decent. Before COVID, they told me story how Chinese treat them. My Indonesian Chinese friend told how the Chinese give him cold shoulder and sometime bit hostile, if he's shown possition to support Indonesia on SCS rather then PRC. While they basically accept my native Sumatran friend with similar position.

This shown that the Chinese in mainland still not accepting overseas Chinese that have possition that not supporting PRC. Eventough that overseas Chinese support his/her own country position.

My Indonesian Chinese friend says that this happen to mostly of his overseas Chinese friend and colleagues that working with China. The psyche of mainland Chinese that overseas Chinese should also put their loyalty to mainland China/PRC over their own country still loom high there.

It shown on the article you put, she maybe Australian, but in the eyes of PRC, she's Chinese and should be hold the loyalty to motherland over Australia.
 

Ananda

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Indonesian Foreign Minister in Reuters article, told China and US not to drag Indonesia and on broader sense Asean to their increasingly conflicts.
This's in my opinion seems directed to overall Asean also, as her statement also put the 10 Asean member want to be excluded on the conflicts and want to stay neutral.
 

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An article by Peter Jennings of ASPI on current PRC strategic thinking. Xi’s black-box strategic thinking. It's quite an interesting take and I actually agree with the article. Xi, by all appearances, has reinstituted the "cult of personality" not seen since the Gang of Four were executed. I get the impression that Xi sees himself as the new Mao, maybe even greater than the Great Helmsman himself and this can only bode ill for not only the PRC but the world at large. Jennings says that Xi has bought 20th century Leninist authoritarianism into the 21st century, so imagine Mao or Stalin with 21st century surveillance capabilities.

Recently there have been protests in Inner Mongolia as China enforces the teaching of Mandarin in replacement of Mongolian, Culture war: Inner Mongolia seethes as China presses Mandarin at school as the PRC forces assimilation on non Han ethnicities, especially in the border regions. This is the same process that has happened in Tibet and Xinjiang, and where the repression is draconian.

The PRC is making the moves on Kiribati with promises of land reclamation to build up islands so that they won't be inundated due to sea level

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Image sourced from Raaymakers article.

rise, China moving in on climate-threatened Kiribati. The PRC intention is to create two major ports in Kiribati for a market that doesn't exist. This is a strategically important area and the Japanese knew that during WW2 fortifying it. The Battle of Tarawa was fought within the Kiribati Islands and was the gateway to Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. It was within these islands that the USN built up its staging areas for those campaigns. Kiribati sits astride the SLOC between North America and Australia and New Zealand. It would cut off Guam from Hawaii, North America and Australia, and possibly threaten Hawaii. It would bring NZ into direct conflict with PRC interests through PRC ships / fishing vessels in the Cook Islands EEZ which is part of the Realm of New Zealand.
 

t68

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An article by Peter Jennings of ASPI on current PRC strategic thinking. Xi’s black-box strategic thinking. It's quite an interesting take and I actually agree with the article. Xi, by all appearances, has reinstituted the "cult of personality" not seen since the Gang of Four were executed. I get the impression that Xi sees himself as the new Mao, maybe even greater than the Great Helmsman himself and this can only bode ill for not only the PRC but the world at large. Jennings says that Xi has bought 20th century Leninist authoritarianism into the 21st century, so imagine Mao or Stalin with 21st century surveillance capabilities.

Recently there have been protests in Inner Mongolia as China enforces the teaching of Mandarin in replacement of Mongolian, Culture war: Inner Mongolia seethes as China presses Mandarin at school as the PRC forces assimilation on non Han ethnicities, especially in the border regions. This is the same process that has happened in Tibet and Xinjiang, and where the repression is draconian.

The PRC is making the moves on Kiribati with promises of land reclamation to build up islands so that they won't be inundated due to sea level

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Image sourced from Raaymakers article.

rise, China moving in on climate-threatened Kiribati. The PRC intention is to create two major ports in Kiribati for a market that doesn't exist. This is a strategically important area and the Japanese knew that during WW2 fortifying it. The Battle of Tarawa was fought within the Kiribati Islands and was the gateway to Saipan, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. It was within these islands that the USN built up its staging areas for those campaigns. Kiribati sits astride the SLOC between North America and Australia and New Zealand. It would cut off Guam from Hawaii, North America and Australia, and possibly threaten Hawaii. It would bring NZ into direct conflict with PRC interests through PRC ships / fishing vessels in the Cook Islands EEZ which is part of the Realm of New Zealand.

In regards to NZ that finally might be the straw that breaks the camels back, it may make them think and soon realise that it’s interests might be compromised in regards to your often quoted Sea Blindness
 
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