South China Sea War: China Displays Military Power Eyeing US & Taiwan

South China Sea War: China Displays Military Power Eyeing US & Taiwan

China is not backing down on its ambitions over the South China Sea dispute. According to reports, Beijing is using military drills to intimidate Taiwan as it welcomes its new leader. Will Taiwan be bullied into the quips of China over the disputed region?


Taiwan just welcome President-elect Tsai Ing-wen but China is not letting the country celebrate anything for that matter as it reportedly launched several drills in a supposed intimidation against the former. According to reports, China launched its large-scale war games with tanks, helicopters and beach landings on the coast facing Taiwan.

“The recent land, air and sea training exercises in the southeast of China is aimed at testing and boosting China’s ability in addressing security threats and fulfilling military mission,” South China Morning Post quoted  China’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday.

Although Beijing’s ministry clarified that the drills were not “aimed at any specific target and relevant persons shouldn’t read too much into it,” many analysts believe that it is also an attempt to push the “one-China principle.” China has been aggressive in its claims over the South China Sea region that it also clarified that it will not honor the ruling of the international tribunal.

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However an analyst from Taiwan begs to disagree that the drills were not aimed at anyone.

“The exercises are a message sent to the Taiwan independence forces and can be regarded as a warning that any indications of a movement toward independence will meet with repression,” ABC quoted Li Fei, Deputy Director of Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University.

Beijing previously warned that relations are delicate as of now that continued destabilization of such relations could be harmful. Recently, China also intercepted a US plane dangerously drawing strong reaction from US officials. As South China Sea promises to be a major hub for trade, tensions are expected to rise following international ruling.

Also read: South China Sea WW3: China Ready To Retaliate Against US Attack

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  • britbob

    Effective sovereignty Argument Uninhabited Islands: A case that supports this view of effective sovereignty is relevant is the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case, France/UK of 17th November 1953. In this case both the UK and France had requested the ICJ to determine which country held sovereignty over the uninhabited Islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos. France had claimed sovereignty because of historic sovereignty going back to the Dutchy of Normandy in the 11th century while the UK claimed that Jersey had historically exercised administrational jurisdiction on them. The Court decided that in the absence of valid treaty provisions, they considered the argument that the British government has exercised effective control to be superior, so that sovereignty control over the Minquiers and Ecrehos belonged to the UK. (the UK had protested to the French government when a French national had intended to build a house on one of the islats and any deaths occurring on the islets were dealt with by inquests held on Jersey). ICJ Minquiers & Ecrehos Judgment, 17 Nov 1953, p28, paras 6 & 12.

    No delimitation between states with opposite or adjacent coasts may be affected unilaterally by one of those states. For some interesting judgments on territorial seas and to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with such disputes:

  • disqus_Rv1GqOyTeN

    Tsai Ing-wen has indicated she is not going for independence as it will not be good for the people of Taiwan. So the drills are not aiming at Taiwan, most likely the Chinese drills are kinda response to the recent US-Philippine massive war games in the South China Sea.