Browsing All posts tagged under »UNCLOS«

China’s Xi Sets Tone on Regional Relations

April 7, 2013


BOAO, China—Chinese President Xi Jinping acknowledged Asian “frictions” and “hot spots” in an address on Sunday to regional business and political leaders amid mounting alarm over North Korea’s nuclear threat and territorial disputes between China and its neighbors. Mr. Xi didn’t single out any country in his address at the three-day Boao Forum for Asia, […]

China will defend its rights in territorial disputes

March 9, 2013


BEIJING, MAR 9:  Likening the situation in its troubled neighbourhood to a “military chess game”, China today said it will firmly defend its territorial sovereignty and rights but at the same time try to resolve differences through talks upholding regional peace and stability. Addressing his annual press conference here today coinciding with the new leadership […]

Who’s Bluffing Whom in the South China Sea?

March 8, 2013


The latitude for action on the part of all the parties is limited The territorial and maritime disputes in the South China Sea continue to plague and jeopardize the peace and security of the region. These disputes are many, including the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, the Paracels, the Scarborough Shoal, and the Spratly Islands; and although these […]

The Philippines is taking the South China sea’s bully to court

January 28, 2013


Manila challenges Beijing’s South China Sea hegemony Shoal at center of territorial spat The Philippines said Tuesday that it is taking its feud with China over competing territorial claims in the South China Sea to an international tribunal. Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario’s office summoned Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing in Manila and challenged the […]

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 […]

China’s Oil Play Just Starting

December 16, 2012


The Canadian government’s recent approval of Chinese oil giant CNOOC’s $15 billion bid to take over Nexen gives CNOOC oil assets in the North Sea, West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico, and Western Canada, as well as oil sands and shale gas. The deal will help the Chinese outfit obtain a more balanced, international portfolio […]

Strategy for an Unthinkable Conflict

November 28, 2012


The Obama administration’s “rebalancing to Asia” has generated a great deal of discussion about how it impacts the defense acquisition budget but little about the military strategy necessary to support the shift. Although conflict in the Asia-Pacific is unlikely and extremely undesirable, the United States still needs a strategy.  The primary strategic goal is to […]

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 […]

Kowtowing to China, the ‘Business Week’ Way

November 26, 2012


Bloomberg Businessweek just published a piece that will undoubtedly be the toast of the Central Party School in Beijing. Entitled “Japan’s Politicians Anger China Afresh,” by Asia regional editor Bruce Einhorn, it is a classic exercise in how to subordinate one’s national interest for fear of offending Peking. In Einhorn’s view, apparently, conservatives everywhere are […]

China’s Military Advances With Aircraft Carrier Fighter Landings

November 26, 2012


China achieved a military milestone when a homegrown fighter jet landed on its new aircraft carrier, the latest step in a modernization bid that’s recorded advances in submarines, cyber warfare and in outer space. The J-15 fighter jet successfully landed on the Liaoning aircraft carrier, the official Xinhua news agency reported Nov. 24, citing unnamed […]

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 […]

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 […]

How U.S. ‘Pivot’ Could Hurt Reform in China

November 23, 2012


U.S. President Barack Obama visited Myanmar on Monday in an historic trip many hope will hasten political and economic reforms already under way there. >> U.S. pivot bumps Asian economic reality What role does the U.S. have to play in promoting political reform in Myanmar’s big neighbor to the north? According to some Chinese with […]

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. […]

U.S.’s massive foreign debt key to new trading bloc: ASEAN+ China

November 20, 2012


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Ten Southeast Asian nations said Tuesday that they would begin negotiating a sweeping trade pact that would include China and five of the region’s other major trading partners, but not the United States. The proposal for the new trade bloc, to be known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, is enthusiastically embraced by […]

Southeast Asia to ask China to start talks over islands

November 19, 2012


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders decided Sunday to ask China to start formal talks “as soon as possible” on crafting a legally binding accord aimed at preventing an outbreak of violence in disputed South China Sea territories, a top diplomat said. Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations made the decision […]

China Inflexible on Sea Disputes Ahead of ASEAN Summit

November 17, 2012


China’s territorial disputes with its neighbors are expected to top the agenda when regional leaders, including heads of state from U.S., China, Japan, Australia and others meet in Cambodia in the coming days. Of the 10 ASEAN countries set to meet on Sunday, four are at odds with China over territory in the South China Sea. A […]

Manila paddles harder in the South China Sea

November 15, 2012


MANILA – At the recently concluded UN General Assembly in New York, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario made an emphatic speech to rally global support for his country’s rule of law position vis-a-vis China over ongoing territorial disputes in the South China Sea. “Today my country faces its most serious challenge to the security […]

Renewed US Interest in Region Puts Cambodia in Tough Spot, Analysts Say

November 15, 2012


WASHINGTON – The US “pivot to Asia,” which will be punctuated next week with the Cambodian visit of US President Barack Obama, will likely put Cambodia in a tough spot in the region, caught between the renewed focus of the United States and the increased influence of China, analysts say. Sensitive issues in the region […]

Avoiding Photo Ops With Cambodia’s Strongman

November 15, 2012


HONG KONG — President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Southeast Asia this week, promoting American commercial interests in Singapore, reinforcing the U.S. military alliance with Thailand and putting the presidential imprimatur on democratic reforms in Myanmar. But their stop in Cambodia for a regional summit meeting next week will be diplomatically […]


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