Tag Archives: South Korea

SOUTH CHINA SEA MISSILES AND NORTH KOREAN NUKES: CHINA GAMBIT TO STUMP U.S.?

The South China Sea being militarized by China has become a more complicated scenario, as the United States banks on China to stop North Korea’s nuclear tests. The U.S. failure to make Pyongyang cease and desist with its nuclear ambition is seen by pundits as having emboldened China, through its spokesperson, to tell the U.S. […]

China Seeks Sovereignty over Much of South Korean Yellow Sea

The Chinese government is seeking to expand its Exclusive Economic Zone in the Yellow Sea, deep into South Korean waters–the latest move in what appears to be a comprehensive strategy to usurp sovereignty over Asian waters that include both the South and East China Seas. The governments of China and South Korea have begun talks […]

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 […]

What the South China Sea Means for South Korean Grand Strategy

The South China Sea is a litmus test for South Korean grand strategy, which would benefit greatly by reorienting away from an inward obsession with North Korea and instead turning outward, to attend to the destabilizing trends in its neighborhood. Korea’s history is one of victimization at the hands of great power competition; avoiding that […]

S. Korea holds significant stakes in South China Sea issue: Burns

South Korea has significant stakes in ensuring freedom of navigation and global commons around the world, including disputed waters in the South China Sea, a former top American diplomat said. Former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who is now president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, also said in an interview with Yonhap […]

The South China Sea Needs South Korea

U.S. officials have recently called on South Korea to play a role in the South China Sea, and for good reason.  As a middle power South Korea has an interest, opportunity, and obligation to help keep its neighborhood stable, and that means opposing coercive approaches to regional disputes wherever they arise, especially in the South […]

China only exception to Asian way

China has refused to participate in an arbitration launched by the Philippines regarding their disputes in the South China Sea. Japan has refused to acknowledge that it has a dispute with China regarding Senkaku/Diaoyu. South Korea has rejected Japan’s offer to refer their dispute over Dokdo/ Takeshima to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on […]

Seoul remains neutral in South China Sea dispute

Korea is taking no sides amid growing speculation that the United States is pressing Seoul to back its biggest ally in a South China Sea dispute. Washington and Beijing have exchanged words about the latter’s efforts to build artificial islands and military installations in the region that is raising tensions with neighboring countries. Amid the […]

Will China continue to provoke its neighbours in 2015?

A nudge by air in 2013. A probe by sea in 2014. Will China take a crack on land in 2015? For the sake of world peace, let’s hope not. However, China’s nudge and probe record, especially over the last two years, should worry diplomats and alert headline writers. In 2013, China tested Japanese and […]

2015: Will China continue to probe its neighbors?

A nudge by air in 2013. A probe by sea in 2014. Will China take a crack on land in 2015? For the sake of world peace, let’s hope not. However, China’s nudge and probe record, especially over the last two years, should worry diplomats and alert headline writers. In 2013, China tested Japanese and […]