Intisari-online.com – The world is busy with tensions between the United States (US) and China South China Sea.
However, lately the tension is on South China Sea started to die down.
Even so, new tensions have emerged in other areas.
India, Belarus and the Black Sea do not escape this.
The new military tensions that have occurred in these countries have attracted the world’s attention in the past month.
The causes range from border conflicts to internal politics to minor allusions in joint military operations.
The following are some of the new military tensions that have occurred in the past month:
1. India vs China
China may be one of the most active countries in military affairs since the start of this year.
In June, China briefly crossed with India in the border area around the Himalayas.
Unmitigated, the clash between the border troops of the two countries resulted in dozens of soldiers losing their lives.
After declaring their peace, gunfire between the two troops occurred again.
One of them took place on the northern bank of Pangong Tso Lake ahead of a meeting between Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Moscow, last Thursday (10/9).
Last Monday (14/9), soldiers fired into the air on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake, according to India and China.
Jaishankar and Wang agreed to ease tensions, and since then the situation has calmed down, the Indian office told Reuters. But, there has been no withdrawal of troops.
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Thousands of Indian and Chinese troops supported by tanks and planes were stuck in a stalemate along a front line 70 km south of Pangong Tso Lake.
The two countries accuse each other of increasing tensions.
2. Chaotic Belarusian presidential election
The conflict in Belarus broke out after allegations of fraud in the presidential election (pilpres) on 9 August.
The Belarusian opposition has accused President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years, of rigging last month’s presidential election.
But, Lukashenko claims, he won fairly with 80% of the vote.
Since then, thousands of people have been arrested and nearly all of the main opposition leaders have been detained, deported or forced to leave the country.
At least 100,000 protesters took to the streets in the capital Minsk on Sunday, taunting Lukashenko with chants of “You rat”.
Police said they detained more than 400 people.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday (27/8/2020) that the Kremlin had formed a reserve force to support Lukashenko at his request.
Putin’s remarks are the strongest signal that Russia is ready to send reservists to Belarus if needed.
Unfortunately, the Belarusian opposition Coordinating Council says Moscow’s move to form such a force violates international law.
Poland, which is Belarus’ neighbor, also urged Russia to immediately withdraw from planned military intervention in Belarus, citing “restoring conditions”.
In the midst of all these problems, the US and NATO immediately conducted joint military exercises in Lithuania and Estonia, which borders Belarus.
In addition to US troops, a Lithuanian military spokesman said up to 1,000 troops and military aircraft from France, Italy, Germany, Poland and others would take part in the annual exercises on September 14-25.
As if to fight back, the Russian, Serbian and Belarusian coalition entitled Slavic Brotherhood 2020, also conducted joint military exercises in the same region.
3. US military presence in the Black Sea
The US rotates troops in Europe, following the withdrawal of 11,900 of their troops from Germany.
The main objective of the rotation is to strengthen NATO’s Southeastern flank near the Black Sea.
The presence of US and NATo troops in the region is quite anxious for the Russian Navy and Air Force.
In the past month, Russian fleets have been busy intercepting at border points.
The US Navy on Wednesday (16/9), announced via its official Twitter account that the USNS Yuma has entered the waters of the Black Sea.
One day earlier, the US Navy’s 6th Fleet announced that the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer USS Roosevelt was also en route to the Black Sea, with the same destination.
Citing a press release on the 6th Fleet’s official website, this is the sixth time US Navy ships have visited the Black Sea since early 2020.
USS Roosevelt conducted a joint maritime and air training mission with the US Navy’s Poseidon P-8 spy plane and NATO’s E-3A aircraft on Wednesday.
The two planes launched from NATO bases in Italy and Germany.
The presence of the US and NATO combat fleets, which has become increasingly intense in recent times, has made Russia nervous.
Citing the TASS news agency, on Monday (14/9), the Russian Air Force sent Su-27s and Su-30s to intercept US bombers flying over the Black Sea.
Most recently, Sukhoi Su-27s were dispatched to intercept British Boeing RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft and US Boeing P-8 Poseidon planes over the Black Sea.
Russia also began to busy sending Su-27s into the Baltic Sea after identifying the presence of the US Boeing P-8 Poseidon and the Swedish Air Force’s Gulfstream reconnaissance aircraft.
(Prihastomo Wahyu Widodo)
This article has been published on Kontan.co.id with the title “Looking back at world military tensions over the past month”
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