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Japan PM Abe’s Pacific trade pact gambit pays off

March 18, 2013


Reuters – Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first politically risky step of declaring the country’s intent to join talks on a U.S.-led Pacific Rim free trade pact appears to be paying off as his record high ratings edge even higher. Public opinion surveys showed on Monday that Abe’s support ratings had risen since last month […]

How a non-existent island became China’s southernmost territory

February 8, 2013


Where is the “southernmost point of Chinese territory”? It’s a controversial question and the least controversial answer might be Hainan Island . More controversial options would be the Paracel (Xisha) islands or the Spratlys (Nansha). But officially the southernmost point is even further south – as far south as the James Shoal, about 100 kilometres […]

China Threatened Japan’s Forces

February 6, 2013


Abe Condemns China’s ‘Dangerous’ Use of Weapons-Targeting Radar Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says it is “extremely regrettable” that a Chinese warship locked its pre-firing radar on a Japanese navy boat near disputed islands last week. Speaking to a parliamentary session Wednesday, Abe called the move “dangerous.” He said it could lead to an accidental […]

China to Invest $1.6 Billion on Disputed Islands

December 26, 2012


China plans to spend more than $1 billion building an airport, piers and other infrastructure on islands at the center of a territorial dispute with Vietnam and the Philippines, the 21st Century Business Herald reported. The central government approved plans to invest 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) in infrastructure for areas administered by the city […]

ASEAN members seek India’s help on South China Sea disputes

December 21, 2012


Southeast Asian countries have urged India to intervene to help resolve bitter territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea. Asean called on India, which vowed to promote co-operation on trade and maritime security with the bloc, to take a more decisive stance in the region. Individual countries in the 10-member Association of Southeast […]

The Philippines is now alone against China in South China sea’s disputes

December 9, 2012


Vietnam once again broke up anti-China peaceful protests in Hanoi and Saigon this morning (Sunday 9/12/2012), and reaffirms its incestuous close tie to Beijing, leaving the Philippines as the only ASEAN’s member to fight off China’s aggression in the South China sea.  Cambodia and Laos are under Vietnam’s control, and unofficially became China’s newest province […]

“New Chinese Passports ‘Counterproductive’”

November 30, 2012


Indonesia’s foreign minister said in an interview published on Thursday that new Chinese passports featuring a map laying claim to disputed islands were “counterproductive.” Although it is not a claimant itself, Indonesia has mediated in the dispute between China and several members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), using its position as the […]

ASEAN chief warns on South China Sea disputes

November 27, 2012


If  Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and other claimant states were to begin printing passports with the same claims to the same disputed territories, and if these passports are stamped as their holders travel the world, it would render China’s claim moot. China and the claimant states will have found themselves returned to square one, all […]

ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: A Pragmatic Compromise

November 26, 2012


The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration is a historic document that sets out a common framework for protection of human rights in the region. While some clauses are controversial, the declaration represents the consensus of members with pragmatic concerns for their security. THE ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) signed by the heads of government of member […]

China’s role in Southeast Asia questioned

November 25, 2012


BEIJING (AP) — China is finding the once friendly ground of Southeast Asia bumpy going, with anger against Chinese claims to disputed islands, once reliable ally Myanmar flirting with democracy and renewed American attention to the region. >> China publishes map of Sansha, South China Sea islands The changing terrain for Beijing was on view […]

New Chinese Passports’ Map Includes Disputed South China Sea Territory

November 25, 2012


The conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea by powers such as China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia have long been a point of contention. However, on Friday the Chinese government issued new passports with a map of China that includes a disputed area of the South China Sea in its territory. […]

ASEAN: A Diplomatic Dead End?

November 24, 2012


The President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, has a reputation for being a lackadaisical leader in his home country, where Filipinos have embraced the term “noynoy-ing” – coined from Aquino’s nickname, Noynoy – as an irreverent phrase for “doing nothing.” Perhaps it was Aquino’s sleepy reputation that this week emboldened the Cambodian leadership to push an exclusive […]

China stamps passports with sea claims

November 22, 2012


German anti-Nazi theologian, Martin Neimöller: First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. […]

As Asean Moves Toward Common Market, It Looks To Europe For Lessons

October 19, 2012


BANGKOK–As the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations prepares to form an economic union, Europe’s experience can offer lessons — some positive, some more cautionary. The ASEAN Economic Community that’s set to launch on the last day of 2015 is similar to the European Union common market, which started as a small trade grouping half […]

Philippines proposes Southeast Asia-wide information sharing to guard troubled waters

October 5, 2012


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is proposing that Southeast Asian countries create a regional information-sharing system to better watch waters troubled by territorial disputes, piracy, smuggling and rapid degradation of marine resources. Philippine officials made the proposal Wednesday at the start of a three-day maritime forum in Manila organized by the Association of Southeast Asian […]

Can Taiwan Bring Peace to the South and East China Seas?

September 25, 2012


Given Taiwan’s precarious lack of strategic depth as an island, it is only fitting that its president, Ma Ying-jeou, should have written his doctoral dissertation on sovereignty disputes in the East China Sea. Last month, President Ma also put forth one of the best pieces of statecraft emanating from the region of late.  His East […]

China gets first aircraft carrier amid tensions with Japan

September 25, 2012


TOKYO/BEIJING: China sent its first aircraft carrier into formal service on Tuesday amid a tense maritime dispute with Japan in a show of force that could worry its neighbours. China’s ministry of defence said the newly named Liaoning aircraft carrier would “raise the overall operational strength of the Chinese navy” and help Beijing to “effectively […]

Panetta will urge China and Japan to temper dispute

September 17, 2012


TOKYO – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Tokyo on Sunday for a week-long visit to the region and said he would urge both Chinese and Japanese leaders to tone down a brewing political crisis over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. A succession of highly charged territorial disputes between China and U.S. […]

U.S. lawmakers blame China over maritime disputes

September 13, 2012


WASHINGTON–U.S. lawmakers on Sept. 12 accused China of bullying its neighbors to press territorial claims in the South China Sea but also raised questions about America’s capacity to police the region. Three congressional panels this week are scrutinizing what they consider to be the security threat posed by China and its human rights record. With […]

As China Muscles Into the Pacific, the U.S. Lacks a Strategy

September 11, 2012


China’s assertive territorial claims in the East and South China Seas have flared intermittently over the years into diplomatic and even physical confrontations. Until recently, however, these incidents—seizures of islands, reefs or rock outcroppings, or naval vessels ramming one another—have subsided after a flurry of tactical responses. That pattern is changing permanently. Whoever becomes president […]


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