Monthly Archives: July 2017

One year after the South China Sea ruling, a deceiving calm Beijing is now, by and large, calling the shots in the area under dispute

  WATERLOO, ONTARIO – Much has changed and much remains the same since Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague ruled last year on rival claims to the South China Sea. Dampening China’s ambitions in the highly contested area, the court ruled that China had no historical right over the South China Sea, recognizing […]

Fisheries diplomacy and the South China Sea Australia should step up to shore up the region’s fisheries

  The dynamiting of reefs, plus overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the impacts of climate change are all having an impact on fish stocks in the contested waters of the South China Sea. Anthony Bergin takes a look at what Australia could do about it.   China’s island-building in the South China Sea […]

False calm in the South China Sea should lull no one

Benoit Hardy-Chartrand says a year after the Hague ruling, the disputes between China and the other claimant states to territories in the South China Sea appear to have abated, but the underlying tensions remain unchanged Much has changed and much remains the same since the Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled on rivalling claims to […]

South China Sea concerns flare up as Duterte considers drilling in Beijing’s claims

Manila appears to be testing its relationship with Beijing as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte considers resuming energy exploration in the tension-laden South China Sea. Oil and gas drilling in the Reed Bank, located in the international waterway, has been suspended since 2014. That came after Manila launched an international arbitration case against Beijing over the […]

The Framework Code of Conduct, One Year After the Arbitration

The Framework Code of Conduct, One Year After the Arbitration (Remarks delivered at the ADR Institute on 12 July 2017 on the 1st Anniversary of the Arbitral Ruling) Justice Antonio T. Carpio I. Introduction The historic arbitral ruling issued one year ago on 12 July 2016 was decided overwhelmingly in favor of the Philippines and […]

S. China Sea ruling: From roaring victory to a whisper

  Hague decision’s value lies in its raising of Manila’s leverage On July 12 last year, an arbitral tribunal in The Hague handed the Philippines a sweeping victory in a case it filed challenging China’s expansive claims to the South China Sea.   The tribunal struck down China’s “historic rights” to two-thirds of these waters. […]

Up to the Manilla to assert rights over South China Sea: Lawyer

  Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey transits the South China Sea May 6, 2017.   Tomorrow will be exactly a year since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) awarded the Philippines an important victory in its claims that China were encroaching it territorial integrity.   This remains one of the most important lawsuit against […]

Duterte’s gambit calms sea tension but renders law irrelevant —experts

  BEIJING—President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to set aside the country’s arbitration victory against China over claims in the South China Sea may have deescalated the tension in disputed marine area but it has made the landmark ruling irrelevant, analysts say.   Exactly a year after the tribunal under the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in […]