Tag Archives: South China Sea

Unlawful Ruling Unhelpful for Easing Tension
Shen Dingli argues the Permanent Court of Arbitration that ruled on the South China Sea disputes between the Philippines and China overreached its jurisdiction to consider a case of a sovereignty nature, adding the ruling runs counter to the essence of UNCLOS – respecting rule of law while bringing about reconciliation.
Keep a Cool Head about American Strategic Anxiety
If China and the US engage in earnest to build the new type of big-power relationship proposed by President Xi Jinping, based on the principles of “no confrontation, no conflict, mutual respect and win-win through cooperation”, It will be a great help in reducing fears in America about China’s rise.
Of Course China, Like All Great Powers, Will Ignore an International Legal Verdict
In ignoring an upcoming verdict on the South China Sea, Beijing is following well-established precedent by great powers.
Sources: C.I.A., NASA, China Maritime Safety Administration
China Struggles with South China Sea Priorities: Sovereignty, Neighbors & Ties with the U.S.
China has an overall strategic environment and strategic tasks that are much bigger than the South China Sea issue. China should proceed from the perspective of the strategic situation, make peace with neighboring countries, and finally persuade the US to accept China’s role in Asia. Governments of China’s neighbors may support one element in the Chinese government’s basic position on the South China Sea issue, but not necessarily all elements, and Beijing must balance its strategic priorities.
Sources: C.I.A., NASA, China Maritime Safety Administration
The Truth Behind the Philippines’ Case on South China Sea
The geopoliticalization of the South China Sea by the US has further complicated the security situation in the region and placed more hurdles in the peaceful settlement of disputes. The new president of the Philippines has made remarks concerning possible resumption of dialogue and negotiation on the Nansha Islands issue, a very welcome development.
Why Doesn’t the U.S. Challenge Japan’s EEZ Claim on Okinotorishima?
The US “freedom of navigation” operations are nothing but an exercise of double standards and selective enforcement, as evidenced by the uneven treatment of Japan and China. The operations’ real purpose is to ensure American interests. The professed aim of upholding international law or UNCLOS is just a façade.
Why China Refuses to Accept Arbitration Filed by the Philippines
In the past 20 years, the Philippines reached and signed at least six statements and agreements with China on peaceful settlement of the South China Sea disputes through negotiations. The current unilateral arbitration – deemed illegal by China and at least 60 other countries – is a ploy to legalize its illegitimate seizure of Chinese territory and deny China’s sovereign claims and maritime rights.
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Arbitration Ruling and Philippines-China Relations Under the Duterte Administration
The new Philippine government is serious in its intention to talk to China in order to peacefully manage the South China Sea Disputes even after the arbitration ruling. However, if China overreacts at the expense of Philippine security, the Duterte administration will face no choice but to succumb to the pressures of other major powers.
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Cooling Off the South China Sea
A former top Chinese diplomat argues against framing the South China Sea issue as a strategic issue and interpreting China’s behavior based on the “western theories” of international relations and history, adding assertions that China wants to make the South China Sea an Asian Caribbean Sea and impose the Monroe Doctrine to exclude the US from Asia are baseless.
China and the South China Sea Arbitration: Non-acceptance and Non-participation
Relying on certain clauses of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982, to which both the Philippines and China are parties, the Philippines has started an arbitration procedure against China. This procedure concerns the status of many features in the South China Sea and […]
Former Chairman of the ILC Finds the UNCLOS Little to Offer to Decide on the Issues before the South China Sea Arbitration
In an article entitled The South China Sea Arbitration (The Philippines v. China): Assessment of the Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility recently published in the Chinese Journal of International Law, Sreenivasa Rao Pemmaraju, a leading scholar of international law and adviser, and former Chairman of the International Law Commission, reviews […]
Rational Voices Needed in Building China-U.S. Relations
The untimely passing of Ambassador Wu Jianmin is a reminder that President Xi’s mantra of “no conflict or confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation” is worth repeating by more “doves” in both countries. The China-US relationship must be guided by more common sense, so that the “core interests” of both sides will not be undercut by “hawks” craving for war.
South China Sea Arbitration Shrouded in Legal Fog
Taking advantage of the gap between the common-sense understanding shared by a small group of legal experts and the general public’s misunderstanding of international law, the U.S. is labeling China’s non-recognition of any award as non-compliance with international law. China must make the public — and scholars — appreciate the difference between general rules and exceptional rules.
Potential Dangers Posed by the US Military’s Close-in Reconnaissance
American air and sea reconnaissance operations challenge or encroach upon China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. China and the US have different understandings or interpretations of both an EEZ and territorial waters, and to avoid accidents and enhance the military relationship, the two sides should start serious talks to seek a mutually acceptable solution. As a first step, the US military should limit its reconnaissance operations to the international airspace and high seas that both sides recognize.
FONOP: A Sheer Paradox
As a self-labeled world leader, the US should abandon its provocative and destabilizing air and sea exercises in the South China Sea – and sign and abide by UNCLOS wholly and thoroughly instead of citing a few isolated words and phrases to serve its purpose.
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