Jul 19 , 2016
The Philippines has turned down a Chinese proposal to start bilateral talks, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, because of Beijing's pre-condition of not discussing a court ruling that nullified most of its South China Sea claims.
Jared McKinney PhD student at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Jul 18 , 2016
The Hague Tribunal this week 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 the China and the Philippines are unable to meet somewhere in the middle, it is the “law” that China will reject.
Dan Steinbock Founder, Difference Group
Jul 18 , 2016
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.
Joseph Chinyong Liow Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for East Asia Policy Studies
Jul 14 , 2016
The author argues that China should work to bring the Code of Conduct it has been discussing with ASEAN to a conclusion and continue to engage concerned states in dialogue. He also cautions that Washington must be careful not to inadvertently contribute to the militarization of the region.
Shen Dingli Associate Dean, Fudan Unversity
Jul 13 , 2016
Following an international tribunal's announcement of its ruling on the South China Sea disputes between the Philippines and China, Chinese scholar Shen Dingli argues the Permanent Court of Arbitration overreached to consider a case which is about sovereignty in nature, adding the ruling runs counter to what an international convention is all about - respecting the rule of law while contributing to reconciliation.
Graham Allison Director, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Jul 12 , 2016
In ignoring an upcoming verdict on the South China Sea, Beijing is following well-established precedent by great powers.
Shi Yinhong Professor, Renmin University
Jul 12 , 2016
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.
He Yafei Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jul 11 , 2016
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.
Ma Shikun Senior Journalist, the People’s Daily
Jul 08 , 2016
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.
Rommel C. Banlaoi Director, Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies
Jul 07 , 2016
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.