Tag Archives: South China Sea

It’s Time to Stop Political Farce in the South China Sea
ASEAN and countries that make claims against China similar to the Philippines must pay more attention to the stability of the South China Sea, work closely with China, and avoid being fraudulently manipulated by third parties with their own political agendas.
What Is in Store for Taiwan After the Arbitration?
Tsai Ing-wen should give up unrealistic expectations on the US-Japan “values alliance”, and reconsider Taiwan’s role in the South China Sea issue. It’s not too late for her to look at the history of the Chinese nation and link up that history with Taiwan’s future and corresponding rights to Taiping Island.
USS Lassen went on patrol around the disputed Spratly archipelago. Photograph: Us Navy/Reuters
Can China and the U.S. Agree on Freedom of Navigation?
As China’s commercial and security interests expand, the Chinese Navy, like its U.S. counterpart, may also wish to conduct more passages through international sea lanes, even if they are in the territorial sea of other countries. Anti-piracy cooperation off the coast of Somalia is an example that could show a path to compromise without harming either country’s security goals.
China’s Maritime Silk Road: Now The Smart Way Forward?
After the tribunal’s categorical ruling on the South China Sea, China’s new strategy could be to lower the temperature by reframing the issue away from rocks, sand and physical territory. It could then seek to reframe the issue around the potential multilateral benefits of China’s Maritime Silk Road concept.
Phantom of Hegemony Behind Arbitration
China’s sovereignty over the South China Sea and adjacent waters is a reasonable, legitimate historical fact that can’t be denied by any party, any means. It is utterly groundless to accuse China of violating international law, and the US-inspired tribunal merely increases tension to no purpose.
Sources: C.I.A., NASA, China Maritime Safety Administration
Chance of Quiet Diplomacy Opens with The Hague Ruling
Though The Hague ruling pertains to the Philippines-China dispute, it will bolster similar claims by other states against China’s nine-dash line; it will increase pressure on China to seek a negotiated resolution to the overlapping claims; and it will circumscribe China’s South China Sea claims. In response, China must assure the ASEAN states of its benign intentions, dispelling impressions of a hegemonic outlook.
Brute Power Versus International Law
Dispute settlement by peaceful means is essential to building harmonious interstate relations. However, Beijing’s dismissal of the tribunal’s ruling is in keeping with its broader opposition to settling disputes with its neighbors — from Japan and South Korea to India and tiny Bhutan — by means of international mediation, arbitration or adjudication.
Here’s What China’s People Really Think About the South China Sea
Nationalist sentiments represent both an opportunity and a challenge for the Chinese government, which wants to harness public opinion but fears its power to destabilize the regime. Whatever actions the United States and its allies take in the wake of the ruling, a minimum of publicity and a clear legal rationale is likely the most effective course of action.
Philippines-China Relations After the Arbitration Ruling
The Philippine government does not want the Tribunal ruling to escalate security tensions in the South China Sea, acknowledging the enormous enforcement challenge with China’s rejection of the ruling. President Duterte is now counting on China’s goodwill. The arbitral ruling should guide China on how to behave more responsibly in the South China Sea.
Pursuit of Post-Award Dialogue in the West Philippine Sea
All eyes are on the Philippines and China to see how these two states will behave now that a milestone decision on the three-year landmark dispute case has been rendered. From the Philippines’ side, it is important to decouple national interests from great power rivalry or from abstract principles like freedom of navigation. The arbitration decision may not compel China to action in the immediate term, but will contribute to lingering suspicions about China’s real intentions in its near seas.
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The Philippines v. China: Tragedy at The Hague
The Hague Tribunal recently issued a decision that will most likely become a tool in the hands of the defenders of the status quo. How events will develop will depend on Duterte’s disposition, China’s diplomatic sagacity, and America’s response. If China and the Philippines are unable to meet somewhere in the middle, it is the “law” that China will reject after a legal test without fairness or perspective.
The Chinese government refused to respond to the case, and also refused to attend the hearing when the Philippine team made its arguments.
Time for Reset and Realism in the South China Sea
After the South China Sea arbitration ruling, uncertainty and friction may increase in the region. However, the economic promise of China’s rise and the Asian century will only materialize with peace and stability in the region.
Turn South China Sea Crisis into an Opportunity
—— Opening Remarks at International Law Colloquium on Maritime Disputes Settlement (15 July 2016) Introduction I’m greatly honored to have the opportunity to speak in front of such an august gathering of legal experts. To those of you coming from different parts of the world, welcome to Hong Kong. China’s strategic intent […]
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.
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