EACS Situation Room is a center for situation monitoring in crisis situations, which is activated when necessary in the event of major security changes in the world.

We are currently monitoring the South China Sea dispute.


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 2.6.2021

Malaysia accused China of breaching national airspace after 16 Chinese military aircraft flew over disputed waters off Malaysian eastern federal state of Sarawak.

The Philippines issued a diplomatic protest over China’s continuing illegal presence and activities near Thitu island in the South China Sea.

Chinese and Vietnamese navy chiefs agreed to set up a crisis communication hotline.

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(Picture source: AFP/Handout)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 26.5.2021

China issued a protest on Thursday, 20 May, over United States naval activity in the region.

According to the Chinese-run state media, the Chinese air force tested an upgraded version of one of its most advanced air-defence missile systems.

The Philippines’ foreign ministry said on Saturday, 22 May that the Philippines and China held friendly and candid talks on the South China Sea.

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(Picture source: CCTV)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 19.5.2021

Beijing and ASEAN are planning a meeting of foreign ministers around 7 or 8 June. Both parties are expected to revive talks toward a Code of Conduct to avoid conflict in the South China Sea.

The US Navy sent the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, 18 May.

The U.S. Army announced a new hypersonic long-range missile which would allow the US to parry Russia and China.

More details in the article at the link.

(Picture source: Flickr/ASEAN Secretariat)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 12.5.2021

The Chinese Army conducted an amphibious landing drill as a warning to Taiwan.

Foreign ministers from the G7 countries condemned Chinese actions in the region.

Around 200 ships are still moored at reefs in the West Philippine Sea. The Philippine Coast Guard continues to deploy its ships and air assets over the area.

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(Picture source: PLA Navy)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 5.5.2021

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not withdraw navy and coastguard vessels patrolling the disputed South China Sea.

China renewed its unilateral ban on fishing for all countries in the South China Sea between May and September. Vietnam has already rejected the ban.

Kathleen Hicks, the US Deputy Defence Secretary, said that a conflict with China is not inevitable.

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(Picture source: | Str/AFP [Scoll.in] | China’s South Sea fleet taking part in a drill in the Xisha Islands, or the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 28.4.2021

The Philippines remain concerned over the presence and activities of 160 Chinese fishing and militia vessels around the Spratly islands and Scarborough shoal. Five Chinese coastguard vessels were also spotted in the area.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that she is worried that a provocation in the Taiwan Strait or the South China Sea could turn into a regional military conflict.

The UK is set to send its largest fleet in recent years into the troubled waters in Asia this May led by the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

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(Picture source: Royal Navy)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 21.4.2021

Philippine President Duterte is prepared to send military ships into the South China Sea to stake a claim over oil and mineral resources in the disputed part of the Philippines strategic waterway.

A US Navy destroyer sailed near the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning.

Malaysia and Vietnam intend to sign a memorandum of understanding that could end their dispute over sovereignty in the South China Sea.

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(Picture source: U.S. Navy)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 14.4.2021

The US Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group entered the South China Sea. It joined the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.

China sent a group of 25 military planes into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. The group included four nuclear capable bombers. 

Armed Chinese ships chased down a civilian naval craft carrying a Filipino news crew which was sailing within its own exclusive economic zone.

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(Picture source: U.S. Navy/MCSN Faith McCollum)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 7.4.2021

The US has sent the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group to the South China Sea for a second time this year.

A Chinese military anti-submarine aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defence identification zone.

France, US, Japan, India and Australia began two days of joint naval exercises in the South China Sea.

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(Picture source: U.S. Navy/MCSN Eduardo A. Torres)

 


Sitaution Room – South China Sea dispute, 31.3.2021

220 Chinese fishing ships are still anchored in the Whitsun Reef, within the claimed exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.

Twenty Chinese military planes entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone.

Taiwanese military increased their force training and further strengthened its defence infrastructure on Itu Abo Island.

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(Picture source: Maxar Technologies/AFP)