Tag Archives: ASEAN

Shift in ASEAN against Chinese buildup

ASEAN members are stepping up criticism of China’s island-building in the South China Sea. © Getty Images/Kyodo SINGAPORE — Malaysia, Indonesia and others are stepping up criticism of China’s island-building in the South China Sea, abandoning previously neutral stances and potentially swinging the balance of opinion in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations against the […]

US Boosting ASEAN Capacity Amid South China Sea Tensions

The United States has been boosting aid to four Southeast Asian states amid continued Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea, a U.S. official told journalists Thursday evening. According to William R. Brownfield, assistant secretary at the bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement affairs, the Southeast Asia Maritime Law Enforcement Initiative – initially announced […]

South Korea hopes for sea code of conduct

MANILA, Philippines – South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo is looking forward to the completion of a binding code of conduct for parties in the South China Sea even as he called on claimants to respect each other as they try to resolve the territorial row. Han yesterday noted that the South China Sea is […]

Explaining China’s New ‘Commitments’ on the South China Sea

The 48th ASEAN Ministerial Meetings and related meetings were held from August 4-6, 2015. However, Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, made the biggest impression on August 3, just before the meetings proper. He called a press conference to announce that China would keep five commitments on the South China Sea issue. These commitments are as […]

Analyst: China uncomfortable with int’l criticism over sea activities

MANILA, Philippines — China seems to be uncomfortable with the growing criticisms over its reclamation activities in the disputed South China Sea, a foreign affairs analyst said. Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia in the Freeman Chair in China Studies, said that China’s move to establish maritime hotlines among foreign ministries is a sign that […]

Mixed Reaction to ASEAN Position on South China Sea Dispute

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is getting mixed reaction for its recent declaration on the South China Sea issue. The 10 ASEAN members struggled to reach a compromise statement last week at the end of meetings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Their final communique called for developing a required code of conduct in the disputed […]

This Is Why a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea Can’t Wait

At regional meetings in Kuala Lumpur recently, China attempted to reassure regional nations of its peaceful intentions and deflect attention from its destabilizing activities in the Spratly Island chain in the South China Sea. Speaking to reporters, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Beijing had halted dredging sand to build artificial islands. “China has […]

South China Sea dispute: Countries express concerns over China’s land reclamation

NEW DELHI: Tensions came to the fore at the ongoing East Asia and Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting in Malaysia, with countries including USA, India, Japan and Australia expressing deep concern over China’s territorial claim and creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea (SCS) region. This happened even as China asserted that it has […]

Southeast Asian nations back halt to land reclamation in South China Sea

Southeast Asian countries on Tuesday backed a U.S. call to halt land reclamation in the South China Sea, underlining unease in the region over Beijing’s continued expansion on disputed islands. China has said it does not want the issue raised at this week’s meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) […]

ASEAN wants China to stop work in disputed sea: official

Update: On Tuesday, Asean nations called for a halt to expanding reefs into artificial islands in the South China Sea. A major threat to stability in Asia today is the competing claims of countries that border the South China Sea. It is an urgent issue that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, a […]