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The New York Times Is Wrong About the South China Sea
In a recent editorial, the New York Times accuses China of “playing chicken” in the South China Sea, which as Benjamin Reynolds argues, dramatically inflates the threat that China poses to the region and the United States. The critique is not militarism, threatening behavior, or the revision of international norms as such. Rather, the narrative outlined by the Times is the standard hawkish U.S. narrative about China and the South China Sea, which have preceded invasions in Vietnam, Iraq, and bombing in Libya, too.
Whose “International Law” Are We Talking About?
With the US picking and choosing what parts of customary international law it embraces, the FON operations are clearly exercises of hegemonic power projection so as to establish a US-dominated maritime legal order beyond a world ocean legal order guaranteed under UNCLOS. As for the FON operations conducted in the South China Sea, they are no more than a tool to carry out the US “Pivot to Asia” strategy.
Staying the Course: Maintaining Momentum in U.S.-China Relations
U.S.-China relations are too important for the people of the two nations and for the world. At this point, protecting U.S.-China relations must be the first priority. It is time for the two countries to rethink and re-evaluate, with urgency, the issues involved.
The collision in 2001 of a Chinese PLA Navy J-8 fighter jet and a US Navy EP-3 spy plane off China’s Hainan Island caused the death of Chinese pilot Wang Wei.
Who Will Be to Blame for the Next Collision Incident in the South China Sea?
The recent U.S. reconnaissance activities in South China Sea raises the question if another collision is looming in the air. After examining the existing international conventions and laws regarding airspace and maritime encounters, the author argues that the key to preventing another collision is for the U.S. to stop close-in reconnaissance operations near China’s waters.
Why President Duterte Rejects a Strategy of Tension Promoted by U.S.
Despite western press fearing the next Philippine president as a “strongman,” President Duterte won the majority of votes from an election with a record 82 percent turnout. For the first time, Philippines is poised to have its first president who is a self-declared socialist, and who wants to hedge bets between U.S. security assurance and Chinese economic cooperation.
SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 4, 2016) USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) participates in a replenishment-at-sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Rainier (T-AOE 7) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo)
On Tip-toe in the South China Sea
Whereas aircraft carriers have long provided the U.S. naval primacy as floating islands, China is creating its own artificial islands, complete with deep channels, harbors, berthing areas and airfields, all manned by thousands of troops, to counter that primacy. The consequences of a military clash could easily be disastrous and must be avoided. The politics of keeping the overall U.S.-China relationship on track is a particular challenge in the U.S. during a presidential election year, when candidates are posturing to an unexpectedly populist electorate.
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Time to Stop Using Arbitration for Selfish Gains
The arbitration tribunal has put its own authority in question by redefining the case against China put before it by the Philippines. All nations should be concerned about what would become of China’s maritime entitlements in the South China Sea if we let UNCLOS serve as the sole exclusionary source of such entitlements.
Duterte Faces Hard Choice Mending Ties with China and Keeping Alliance with the U.S.
While Duterte seriously values the Philippines’ long-standing security alliance with the U.S., he seems to be more enthusiastic in repairing the Philippines’ damaged political ties with China. Rommel Banlaoi warns, however, that excessive accommodation of China could potentially undermine the Philippines’ long standing alliance with the United States.
Three Birds, One Stone: FON Operations in South China Sea
Differences over freedom of navigation mainly originate from different interpretations of UNCLOS. As China extends the reaches of its maritime power, the operational capability at sea of the PLA Navy may be constrained due to the question of EEZ jurisdiction, which will invite cooperation with the US at appropriate times. The two countries would benefit from developing a common language on freedom of navigation.
C.H. Tung
Staying the Course: Maintaining Momentum in U.S.-China Relations
The following is the text of the prepared speech by C.H. Tung, chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC on May 11,2016. Staying the Course: Maintaining Momentum in US-China Relations by C H Tung at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace […]
Tensions Are Under Control in the South China Sea
To advance its rebalancing strategy, the U.S. will continue to meddle in the South China Sea issue, using its political, diplomatic, public opinion and even military tools to challenge China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests to build obstacles to China’s development. But it will limit the scale and intensity of such actions to avoid upsetting well-established cooperation between the two countries on critical issues.
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Courting India, the Philippines and Others to Maintain U.S. Hegemony in South China Sea
The U.S. military is back in the Philippines after a fourteen-year hiatus, sending the message that it will work with its allies to pushback on Beijing’s expanding presence in the disputed SCS, while also reinforcing belief amongst the Chinese and many others that U.S. is only raising military stakes to thwart China’s rise.
Philippines Elections 2016: How to Navigate Between the U.S. and China
In the past six years, Washington and Manila have been cementing a military alliance, which is reassuring to many Filipinos but leaves some apprehensive – including the leading presidential contenders. Dr. Steinbcok poses that true hedging would seek security benefits from the U.S. defense umbrella; economic returns from trade and investment with China; and political advantages from cooperation with both nations.
China Doesn’t Accept or Recognize the South China Sea Arbitration
The move by the Philippines to take its territorial disputes to an international tribunal constitutes a serious threat to regional peace and stability. China will neither accept nor participate in the arbitration process. No matter what the final ruling will be, China will not recognize or implement it.
Balancing the U.S. Rebalance
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III compares China’s One Belt, One Road initiative with the U.S.’s Rebalance to Asia, ultimately advising that for the U.S. to be seen as not reacting to China’s growing regional influence, it would need a better appreciation of the security needs, growing aspirations, and economic demands of rising powers.
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