Tag Archives: South China Sea

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.
South China Sea Arbitration a Cover for U.S. Meddling
The Philippines is being used by the US merely as a pawn to serve the strategic interests of the US. It is precisely because we have seen through this that we choose to resist the South China Sea arbitration -- a political farce under the cloak of law -- and reject any award that comes out of the arbitration.
The Chinese fighter jets that intercepted a U.S. reconnaissance plane over the East China Sea on June 7 were J-10s, like these two from a Chinese aerobatics team. PHOTO: NARONG SANGNAK/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
Too Close for Comfort: The Dangerous U.S.-China Maritime Disputes
Both the U.S. and China must bear responsibility for the ratcheting up of tension in the SCS and East China Sea. Washington clings to “freedom of navigation” as its principal reason for challenging Chinese claims even though unencumbered passage has not denied U.S. or any other country’s ships. Beijing should be consistent in recognizing that a legitimate dispute exists, just as it demands that Japan acknowledge a sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyutai/Senkaku islands.
Cooler Heads Must Prevail in South China Sea Disputes
On Tuesday, senior ASEAN diplomats gathered in Yunnan for a special foreign ministers' meeting with their Chinese counterparts. The idea came from ASEAN countries, the turnout was impressive, and the retreat was deemed "timely and important". Amidst media speculation that the discussion pitted ASEAN against China, it will be useful to take a step back and examine the larger picture.
The Tribunal’s Award in the “South China Sea Arbitration” Initiated by the Philippines Is Null and Void
On 10 June 2016, the Chinese Society of International Law (CSIL) released a paper entitled The Tribunal’s Award in the “South China Sea Arbitration” Initiated by the Philippines Is Null and Void.
How Convincing is the Decision that the Arbitral Tribunal Has Jurisdiction to Hear the Claims Brought by the Philippines Against China?
The Philippines has brought arbitration proceedings against China under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) relating to the South China Sea, and the Tribunal has recently given its decision on whether it has jurisdiction over the claims made by the Philippines.
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