Monthly Archives: October 2015

Philippines v. China: Court Rules Favorably on Jurisdiction, Case Will Proceed

China’s nine-dash line will have its day in international court. On Thursday, October 29, the Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded its first decision in the The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China. The court ruled that the case was “properly constituted” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, […]

South China Sea ‘islands’ only demilitarized until first warbird touches down

At last. After weeks of Hamlet-esque public debate, U.S. defense officials ordered Aegis destroyer USS Lassen to cruise within 12 nautical miles (nm) of Subi Reef on Oct. 27. The reef is an undersea rock in the South China Sea that Beijing has built into an artificial island in the contested Spratly Islands. It wants […]

In defeat for Beijing, Hague court to hear China Sea dispute

AMSTERDAM, Oct 29 (Reuters) – An arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the Philippines has filed against China over disputed areas in the South China Sea. In a legal defeat for China, the Hague-based tribunal rejected Beijing’s claim that the disputes were about its […]

UN tribunal on UNCLOS rules to admit Manila’s case vs. Beijing in maritime row

TV5 screenshot of the Permanent Court of Arbitration when it conducted hearings in The Hague last July. It said Thursday that the tribunal on UNCLOS has ruled to admit the Philippine case against China, resolving the issue of jurisdiction over the latter’s objections. MANILA – (UPDATE3, 1:51 a.m.) The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in […]

How China Maintains Strategic Ambiguity in the South China Sea

China’s official government reactions to the recent U.S. Navy “freedom of navigation” (FON) operation within 12 nautical miles (nm) of a Chinese-occupied constructed island in the South China Sea are a multilingual puzzle. A careful examination of Chinese-language versions of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministry statements, however, reveals extreme subtlety in wording and […]

Beijing in uncharted waters as US sails into South China Sea

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in […]

US and Chinese navy chiefs to discuss South China Sea tensions – US official

The US chief of naval operations and his Chinese counterpart will hold an hour-long video teleconference on Thursday, days after Beijing was angered by a US warship’s patrol within a 12-nautical-mile (22km) limit around a man-made Chinese island in the South China Sea, a US official said. The meeting was initiated by Admiral John Richardson […]

Q&A: Impact of US warship sailing near China-held island

In this April 8, 2008, file photo, guided missile destroyer USS Lassen arrives at the Shanghai International Passenger Quay in Shanghai, China, for a scheduled port visit. The USS Lassen has sailed past one of China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in a challenge to Chinese sovereignty claims […]

Battle over China’s artificial islands has just begun

  1  0 Google +0  1 AFTER MONTHS of internal debate, the White House permitted the Defense Department to sail one ship near a reef in the South China Sea that China claims. The Chinese reaction shows Beijing has no intention of backing down. Now the Obama administration is debating what to do next. The […]