Australia hints at Chinese cyber-attack; Japan, Vietnam too riled by Beijing

It seems like India isn’t the only country fighting China’s tactics right now. Hinting at China, Australian PM Scott Morrison on Friday said that his authorities and a few personal sector entities within the nation had been underneath a sustained cyber-attack by a state actor.
Last week, Vietnam’s overseas ministry stated two Chinese ships had attacked a Vietnamese fishing boat within the South China Sea. The incident occurred close to the Parcel Islands which China claims as its own. In April, Vietnam had protested after one of its fishing boats was sunk by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel close to the islands.
Reports from Japan on June 18 indicated that China had positioned its vessels close to the Senkaku Islands within the East China Sea for 66 days operating to intimidate Tokyo. Indonesia has been facing similar Chinese bullying.
“I’m here today to advise you that, based on advice provided to me by our cyber experts, Australian organizations are currently being targeted by a sophisticated state-based cyber actor”, Australian PM Morrison told reporters in Canberra. The Australian defence minister stated malicious cyber exercise was “increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication and impact”.
In the latest sighting in Japan, four Chinese coast guard vessels appeared around 9 am about 18 miles northwest of Uotsuri Island inside Japan’s contiguous zone, and heading southwest, a spokesman for the Japan 11th Regional Coast Guard headquarters stated on Thursday. Chinese vessels have been spotted in Japan’s contiguous waters daily since April 14.
Chinese and Malaysian vessels had been in a stand-off state close to the island of Borneo in South China Sea for weeks earlier this year after a Malaysian-authorized drill ship was prospecting for resources near the area.
They have been intercepted by Chinese survey ships and coast guard vessels, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Institute (AMTI).
The Indonesian foreign minister wrote a diplomatic observe to the UN on May 26, iterating Indonesia’s objections against China to the “so-called nine-dash line or so-called historic rights”.
As per latest reports, Taiwan scrambled its aircraft on Wednesday once more to warn off Chinese air force aircraft that approached the island, the fourth such encounter in nine days, Taiwan’s army stated.
While the coronavirus pandemic has kept most countries busy, China has taken it as an opportunity to advance its territorial claims. The total area of territory that China claims from other countries is larger than China itself, suggest some reports.