Tag Archives: Diplomatic Relations

China told to restrain self

The Philippines has raised the alarm anew over China’s massive reclamation activities in disputed territories in the South China Sea, calling on Beijing to “exercise self-restraint.” “The Philippines reiterates its serious concern on China’s massive reclamation activities and planned construction of facilities in those features. These activities cause irreparable damage to the marine environment and […]

INTERVIEW/ Kurt Campbell: China should think carefully about provoking South China Sea tensions

Despite difficult issues facing the United States in East Asia, the former top U.S. diplomat for Asian affairs remains confident that America can, and will, continue to lead in the region. However, Kurt Campbell, the former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, expressed concern regarding a setback in Congress on trade […]

Robert D. Kaplan: ‘The South China Sea is to China what the Greater Caribbean was to the United States’

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/210844936″ params=”color=da161f” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /] Why do you consider the South China Sea one of the world’s more important pieces of geo-political real estate? The South China Sea is to China what the Greater Caribbean was to the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The United States became a great […]

Indian Navy in disputed South China Sea as part of operational deployment

In what is being seen as a furtherance to India’s ‘Act East’ policy and more specifically, a strategically operational deployment in the crucial South China Sea, Indian Navy warships reached Malaysia on Wednesday. The fleet belonging to the Navy’s Eastern Fleet fleet includes INS Ranvir, a guided missile destroyer, INS Satpura, the indigenously built guided […]

The importance of evidence: Fact, fiction and the South China Sea

In just a few weeks, international judges will begin to consider the legality of China’s ‘U-shaped line’ claim in the South China Sea. The venue will be the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and the Court’s first step – during deliberations in July – will be to consider whether it should even consider […]

China’s ‘impossible’ demands reason why PHL refuses bilateral talks – DFA

China’s ‘impossible’ demands reason why PHL refuses bilateral talks – DFA By CEDRIC CASTILLO, GMA News June 11, 2015 9:20pm Tags: Department of Foreign Affairs Amid reports that China has suggested anew a bilateral form of negotiation to settle territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday dismissed […]

Malaysia urged to toughen stance over China vessels in disputed sea

A China Coast Guard vessel seen in disputed waters off the coast of the eastern state of Sabah. KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian lawmakers have urged the country to toughen its stance against China following reports of the continued presence of Chinese Coast Guard vessels in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Located off the coast […]

S China Sea tensions to abate before Xi’s US visit: scholar

With President Xi Jinping of China to visit Washington DC in September, tension between China and the United States over the disputed South China Sea will gradually simmer down, according to Xue Li, the director of the Department of International Strategy under the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social […]

Pushback in the South China Sea

The United States has good reason to push back more forcefully against China’s grab for power in the South China Sea, as Defense Secretary Ashton Carter did on a trip to Asia this week. Beijing has repeatedly ignored earlier warnings to moderate the aggressive behavior that is unsettling its regional neighbors and further undermining its […]