Monthly Archives: December 2014

Don’t Be Fooled by China’s Cooperation Lately. Xi Jinping Wants to Reform the International Order.

Last month, China showed its cooperative side to the international community. It struck an ambitious climate deal with the U.S. that President Xi Jinping announced alongside President Obama. It took a seat at the P5+1 talks in Vienna to negotiate a path forward for Iran’s nuclear program. And it responded to the United Nation’s call […]

World View: Philippines and Vietnam Launch Military and Legal Buildup to Confront China

Philippine troop and Chinese maritime police boat confrontation at Second Thomas Reef With China taking aggressive military actions to annex Philippine and Vietnamese territories in the South China Sea, both of these countries are building up the military capabilities, though nothing that their plan would have more than a small token resistance when facing the […]

China to set up satellite, radar network to strengthen maritime power

BEIJING – China will set up an offshore observation network, including satellite and radar stations, to strengthen the country’s maritime power, the official China Daily reported on Friday, in a move that could exacerbate tensions in the region. Many of China’s neighbours, including Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam, have expressed concern at China’s military build-up […]

Beijing ignores court deadline over disputes in South China Sea

China’s government has ignored a deadline to outline its territorial claims in the South China Sea to an international court. The government had until yesterday to submit its case to a court of arbitration in The Hague in the Netherlands. The case was bought by the Philippines, but a foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing, Qin […]

Vietnam delivered when Philippines needed it most

It means a lot to the Philippines that Vietnam submitted a Position Paper to the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations that is handling the complaint filed by the Philippines against China on the conflict in the South China Sea. Probably so as not to further antagonize China, with whom the Philippines has rekindled relations […]

SolGen: Sending EDCA to Senate would result in int’l embarrassment for PNoy

Government lawyers on Tuesday maintained that the country’s Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States is a valid executive agreement that does not need Senate concurrence. In a final effort to defend the EDCA before the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, in a 42-page memorandum, said referring the EDCA to the Senate, […]

China ignores deadline to respond to PH case

MANILA, Philippines – China missed the deadline to respond to the Philippines’ historic arbitration case on the South China Sea, reaffirming that it rejects the legal process. On the December 15 deadline, China’s foreign ministry reiterated that Beijing “will neither accept nor participate” in the proceedings before The Hague-based arbitral tribunal. China had only until […]

‘Armed clashes in South China Sea possible next year’

WASHINGTON – A military clash between China and one or more Southeast Asian nations involved in territorial disputes in the South China Sea has a 50-50 chance of occurring in 2015, the Council on Foreign Relations said. The Washington-based think tank rated the sea controversy as one of 10 top US conflict prevention priorities in […]

Opinion: The Expanding Assault on China’s South China Sea Claims

China’s ambiguous claim to the South China Sea, approximately demarcated by a series of hash marks known as the “nine-dashed line,” faced objections from an expanding number of parties over the past two weeks. While a challenge from the United States came from an unsurprising source, actions by Indonesia and Vietnam were unexpected in their […]

Will China accept international law in the South China Sea?

The ongoing disputes between the Philippines and China in the South China Sea are about to reach a critical point. In January 2013 the Philippines activated procedures under Article 287 and Annex VII of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) over a dispute about the validity of China’s ‘nine-dash line’ […]