Last week alone, Chinese fighter planes entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone thrice, according to the Taiwanese defence ministry — the most recent of which was on June 16 when Taiwan air force jets “drove away” a J-10 fighter.
Prior to that, a Chinese Y-8 was warned to leave Taiwan’s air space on June 12 after several Su-30 fighters crossed over Taiwan and were also warned to leave on June 9, according to the defence ministry.
Last month, China sent the aircraft carrier Liaoning and its strike group on its first round-trip mission through the Miyako Strait — between the islands of Okinawa and Miyako — as Japan kept a wary eye on these developments.
Over the past month, the Chinese Navy has conducted “mock battles” and “live-fire training” in the waterway to improve its “combat capabilities,” Over the past month, the Chinese Navy has conducted “mock battles” and “live-fire training” in the waterway to improve its “combat capabilities”.
The Chinese Navy also deployed a survey vessel, armed China Coast Guard and “maritime militia” vessels to tail the West Capella — a drillship contracted by Malaysia’s national oil company.
The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry claims one of its fishing boats was attacked by two Chinese ships near the Paracel Islands — an archipelago in the South China Sea that China claims as its own.
The Vietnam Fisheries Society noted that is not the first run-in between Chinese and Vietnamese boats in the South China Sea. "Such actions by China have occurred many times and are increasing relentlessly, causing insecurity and discontent among Vietnam’s fishermen,” it said.
The US and Chinese maritime forces came within 100 meters of each other in the South China Sea.
On June 15, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations formally submitted a ‘note verbale’ — a diplomatic communication — arguing that China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea are “inconsistent with international law.”
China’s incursions in the South China Sea is also forcing unlikely allies, the US and the Philippines back together.
Beijing is pushing for a new security law in Hong Kong that will make pushing for independence a criminal act.
The Chinese government justifies the new law by saying that it will return stability and leave political freedoms intact. According to Beijing, Hong Kong’s legislature has failed to pass its own national security laws over the years.