China informs the United States that China does not recognize international seas in the Taiwan Strait.
China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has approved new experimental guidelines that allow for non-war Chinese “armed forces actions.” The statement comes only months after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine under the pretext of a special military operation.’ Analysts believe Mr Xi is attempting to expand China’s grey-zone actions, which affect other countries but do not qualify as war. Wu Qiang, an independent observer, finds links between Vladimir Putin’s rhetoric and his territorial claims in Ukraine. He feels it has something to do with the recent security treaty between China and the Solomon Islands and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s unsuccessful attempt to get other South Pacific countries to sign on to a similar accord.
China has been advising US colleagues at various levels that “international seas” in the Taiwan Strait do not exist. According to a Chinese government spokesperson, there is no legal foundation for ‘international seas’ under international maritime law: This comes after China said it didn’t recognize a “median” line in the Taiwan Strait that has traditionally had used to keep Chinese and Taiwanese military planes apart.