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China’s Xi Sets Tone on Regional Relations

April 7, 2013

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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, […]

Japan PM Abe’s Pacific trade pact gambit pays off

March 18, 2013

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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 […]

South China Sea Relationship Status? It’s Complicated

March 13, 2013

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The territorial claims in the South China Sea area remain like a bowl of noodles — crisscrossed, overlapping, and so intertwined that it is challenging to pinpoint a beginning and an end. Unraveling this web presents one of the most challenging international relations dilemmas of our present time and only a comprehensive approach is likely […]

China will defend its rights in territorial disputes

March 9, 2013

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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

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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 […]

China navy seeks to “wear out” Japanese ships in disputed waters

March 7, 2013

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HONG KONG–China’s naval and paramilitary ships are churning up the ocean around islands it disputes with Tokyo in what experts say is a strategy to overwhelm the numerically inferior Japanese forces that must sail out to detect and track the flotillas. A daily stream of bulletins announce ship deployments into the East China Sea, naval […]

Beijing restaurant draws flak for banning Japanese, Pinoys, Vietnamese, dogs

February 28, 2013

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HANOI – A sign at a Beijing restaurant barring citizens of nations involved in maritime disputes with China—along with dogs—has triggered a wave of online outrage among Vietnamese and Filipinos. The Beijing Snacks restaurant near the Forbidden City, a popular tourist spot, has posted a sign on its door reading “This shop does not receive […]

Shinzo Abe accuses China’s rulers of using island disputes to retain power

February 28, 2013

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Japanese PM says Beijing’s educational system fuels hostility over rival territorial claims China has a “deeply ingrained” need to spar with Japan and other Asian neighbours over territory, because the ruling Communist party uses the disputes to maintain strong domestic support, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview. Clashes with neighbours, notably Japan, […]

The South China Sea: Claims and Implications

February 28, 2013

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If this century should be an “Asian Century,” it risks being unraveled by the ongoing South China Sea disputes Disputes on hegemony over the South China Sea, developing as a result of China’s claims to almost the entire body of water, may well prove to be a key defining issue in the future of Asia […]

Vietnamese Angry Over Beijing Restaurant Racism

February 26, 2013

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A Beijing restaurant’s refusal to serve customers from countries locked in maritime territorial disputes with China has drawn the ire of netizens from at least one of the nations—Vietnam. The restaurant has put up on its window racially charged signs in Chinese and English that said, “This shop does not welcome Japanese, Filipinos, and Vietnamese, […]

Southeast Asian countries stock up on arms as they face off with China

February 9, 2013

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Southeast Asian countries are stocking up on the latest military gadgets, expanding an international arms web as they seek to counter China’s rise Two Russian-built Kilo submarines cruise the dark, frigid waters of the North Sea out of Kaliningrad, being readied for delivery later this year to Vietnam, where Indian technicians are already helping to […]

Vietnam as China’s newest autonomous province is becoming a reality

February 8, 2013

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Vietnam stands at a contradictory political crossroads. The line between activities deemed acceptable and illegal remains ill-defined. Even by recent standards in Vietnam, Monday’s life sentence handed down on Phan Van Thu was widely considered harsh. In the second mass subversion trial in less than a month in this authoritarian Communist state, 21 of Thu’s […]

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

February 8, 2013

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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

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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 […]

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

January 28, 2013

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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 […]

South China Sea 2013: Betting on the American Horse

January 17, 2013

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As the New Year rolls in, tensions in the South China Sea remain as high as ever A little more than two weeks into 2013, eyes remain on the South China Sea and the maritime disputes, and the Western Pacific. The disputes remain fluid and the region dynamic. It is far too early into the […]

China to Invest $1.6 Billion on Disputed Islands

December 26, 2012

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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 […]

State secrets revealed in Vietnam

December 25, 2012

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One afternoon in mid-December, Colonel Tran Dang Thanh shared his views on foreign affairs with an audience of deans and professors drawn from Hanoi’s many universities. Like all Vietnamese Communist Party business, Thanh’s comments were considered state secrets. However, unbeknownst to Thanh, who teaches at Vietnam’s top military college, someone in the audience was wired. […]

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

December 21, 2012

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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

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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 […]

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