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On September 12, 2020, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – Luo Zhaohui, participated online in the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).
The DoD report indicates that China has the largest air force in the Indo-Pacific region. Of the total number of 2,500 aircraft, 2,000 are combat aircraft, 1,500 are fighter jets, of which approximately 800 are in the fourth generation and above (J-20, J-16, J-10, J-11, Su-30 and Su-35).
On Thursday, September 10, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a Position Paper of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations (UN), which presented China’s ideas and proposals on various geopolitical issues.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) published an annual report to the Congress on the modernization of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on September 2, 2020. Media attention was particularly drawn to the fact that China has the largest fleet in the world in terms of number of vessels (350) and that this advantage is expected to increase in the coming years.
Bill Birtles – the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) correspondent in Beijing and Michael Smith of the Australian Financial Review (AFR) took refuge in Australian diplomatic representations for five days. The reason was the intimidation of both journalists by the security apparatus of the People’s Republic of China.
On September 8, the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs published a bill opening the legal way to exclude suppliers of telecommunication equipment that pose a potential threat to the security of the national cyber system.
During the nearly week-long visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – Wang Yi, to Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France and Germany, representatives of these countries often reminded about human rights violations in China.
Between August 25 and September 1, PRC’s Foreign Minister – Wang Yi traveled across Europe, which is a key area in the power struggle with the United States. The countries of the journey included: Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France and Germany, that is only the countries of wealthy Western and Northern Europe.
China has rapidly expanded its economic presence in Belarus in the last decade, choosing the Eastern-European republic as the key European link in its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However, the mass anti-government demonstrations that have shaken Belarus in the aftermath of a disputed presidential election threaten to compromise China’s BRI investments.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China – Wang Yi, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan – Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, held the second round of the strategic dialogue between the Foreign Ministers of China and Pakistan in Hainan Province, China, on August 20 and 21, 2020.
The General Secretary of the Communist Party of China – Xi Jinping, and the President of the Russian Federation – Vladimir Putin, exchanged congratulatory letters on the occasion of the beginning of the Year of Scientific and Technological Innovation between the two countries on Wednesday, August 26.
The clashes in the Galwan Valley in East Ladakh, which cost the lives of 20 soldiers of the Indian armed forces, could be a turning point in New Delhi’s policy towards Beijing. So far, the relationship with China has been characterized by a search for balance between attractive economic cooperation as well as growing security threats and challenges.
The growing tensions between the US and China during the pandemic period, prompted the administration of Donald Trump to increase political and military support for the Taiwanese authorities. Two major arms contracts, which are expected to increase the defensive capabilities of the island, were signed in July and August.
As it could be expected, the visit of the US Secretary of State – Mike Pompeo to the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Austria and Poland met with criticism from the Chinese media. They tried to present these visits as a diplomatic failure of the USA and as an unfounded attack on Beijing.