The Philippines attempts to remind Beijing that tackling the pandemic is the first priority amid military activities in disputed areas.
Despite the continuing coronavirus pandemic, China has not slowed its military and research activities in disputed areas of the South China Sea. Now, in an unusual move, the Philippines is getting involved.
Al Jazeera’s Barnaby Lo has more from Manila, the capital of the Philippines
The First Real U.S.-China War Could Be Fought In The South China Sea | The National Interest
Here’s What You Need To Know: China is playing offense in the South China Sea. By establishing facts on the ground (indeed, establishing “ground”), it is creating a situation in which normal U.S. behavior looks like destabilizing intervention.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, meets with representatives of the aircraft carrier unit and the manufacturer at a naval port in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, on Tuesday. (Li Gang/Xinhua News Agency via AP)
“On the high seas, the Chinese Navy is protecting the all-important sea lines of communication, bringing essential petroleum back from the Persian Gulf.
Not since the 15th century Ming navy, which sponsored seven Treasure Fleets to the south and west, has China exerted such influence over the seas.”