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I don't think China will back off on this question. They have tactics because obviously they are the boss in the region we are talking about since the Russia, I think, is not involved in it. They are protecting their integrity and at the same time provoking these small countries. For what? I have no idea but as someone said here, it will have to be dealt with international laws and that is a totally different issue. I really do not believe that Chine will quit on this one.
 

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US defense chief visits US warship in South China Sea

As a show of commitment rather than force, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited a warship close to flash-point waters of the South China Sea on Friday. With China’s increasingly aggressive behavior in the region, the US is trying to maintain stability in the hotly contested waterway. Carter told reporters aboard the USS John C. Stennis, “It is a message to the region that the US intends to continue to play a role in keeping peace and stability in this region."

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I'm not sure how likely this is to become a wider conflict.
The US will of course do their token gesture and say that China are being naughty but if it came down to it, America (and the west) would avoid conflict and go down the sanctions route. Much like Russia and the Ukraine issue that's been going on.

No one will benefit from a war at any scale, people are still angry at Iraq/Afganistan
 

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US official questions China's intentions in South China Sea

Dateline HANOI — U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken questioned China's intentions with its massive land reclamation projects in the South China Sea and urged it to follow international laws.

"The United States and Vietnam share an interest in maintaining peace and stability in the region so does China. But its massive land reclamation project in the South China Sea and increasing militarization of these outposts fuel regional tension and raise serious questions about China's intentions."

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The responses from them and neighbours are going to be very interesting.
Whatever they say will upset their neighbors as their is no justification in claiming those islands.
Obviously I don't expect them to come out and say they're interested in a military or strategic plans.
 

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5 Chinese coast guard ships spotted in Scarborough shoal

Dateline NFANTA, Pangasinan— A crew member of FB Joenel 3 based here, said he was surprised when they traveled to the shoal last month because the Chinese only had two coast guard vessels during previous encounters but now the Chinese Coast Guard has increased its presence in the West Philippine Sea by deploying five ships to patrol the Scarborough Shoal.

But the Department of National Defense (DND) on Friday said it had yet to receive reports on the presence of five Chinese Coast Guard vessels at Scarborough Shoal.


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APRIL 30, 2019
China sentences second Canadian citizen to death ahead of centenary
By Elizabeth Shim


Tensions between China and Canada are rising following the arrests of citizens in both countries. File Photo by Fred Dufour/EPA-EFE


April 30 (UPI) -- A second Canadian citizen was sentenced to death in China on Tuesday for manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine.
The decision comes after another Canadian national, Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, had a 15-year prison sentence increased to a death sentence, the BBC reported.

The Chinese decision to sentence to death Canadian citizen Fan Wei comes at a time when the two countries are experiencing unprecedented tensions over citizens in custody.

In December, China detained Michael Spavor, head of Paektu Cultural Exchange, at the Chinese border city of Dandong. He was arrested on charges of "harming [Chinese] national security," but details on the reasons for his detention were not provided by Beijing. Ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig is the other Canadian in Chinese custody.

The arrests came after Canada detained Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei. Meng was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the United States.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned Schellenberg's death sentence, but the Chinese government refuted the remarks and has said Canada was practicing "double standards."

On Tuesday the Jiangmen Intermediate People's Court in Guangdong province said Fan Wei was the leader of a drug ring. A defendant of an unknown nationality but identified as Wu Ziping was also conferred the death sentence, according to the BBC.

China takes a tough stance on narcotics that may date back to the 19th century, when the country fought the Opium War against Britain. The Qing dynasty began to sentence Chinese drug traffickers to death as early as 1838, according to historians.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has evoked his country's "humiliation" at the hands of Western powers on previous occasions.

On Tuesday he called on Chinese youth to build community and "take responsibility" in order to "realize the great revival of the Chinese people," according to Chinese network CGTN.

Xi was speaking at an event commemorating the centenary of the May Fourth movement, a student-led mass protest in 1919 that condemned Chinese concessions to Japan at the time.

China sentences second Canadian citizen to death ahead of centenary
 

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U.S. lawmakers want to tighten visas for Chinese students, researchers
May 15, 2019


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans in Congress introduced legislation on Tuesday intended to prohibit anyone employed or sponsored by the Chinese military from receiving student or research visas to the United States.

The bill would require the U.S. government to create a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and prohibit anyone employed or sponsored by those institutions from receiving the visas.

The bill was introduced as the United States and China have escalated a trade war following difficult negotiations last week.

It also comes as some U.S. officials have expressed concern about the possibility of the theft of intellectual property or even espionage by Chinese nationals at U.S. universities and other institutions.

Many U.S. and university officials also warn about overreacting, however, arguing it is important to acknowledge the important role Chinese scholars and students play at U.S. institutions while being aware of security risks.

The bill was sponsored by Republicans Senators Chuck Grassley, Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Marsha Blackburn and Josh Hawley. A companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Mike Gallagher.

Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

 
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