Monthly Archives: January 2016

Ma’s South China Sea road map for peace makes sense for Taiwan: report

Washington, Jan. 29 (CNA) The road map for peace in the South China Sea proposed by President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) shows a clear logic for Taiwan, and if adopted, would be in Taipei’s interests and would help Taipei get a seat at an international negotiations table to resolve regional disputes, the Tokyo-based Diplomat Magazine has […]

A ruling on South China Sea dispute is no cause for gloom

The Hague tribunal’s Philippines versus China arbitration could augur well – if complied with In the article, “South China Sea arbitration: What may follow”, in The Straits Times last Saturday, writers Kang Lin, Jiang Zongqiang and Hu Xin attempt to give grounds for China’s position that the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague does […]

Arbitration is right, aggressive behavior is not

When China’s Ambassador to ASEAN first wrote an article about China’s ill-advised position on the Philippine arbitration case (The Jakarta Post, Dec. 26), we did not bother to reply as the arguments presented were an old rehash of China’s so-called historic rights and were refutations of the rulings issued by the Arbitral Tribunal. Indeed, the […]

PACOM CO Harris: More U.S. South China Sea Freedom of Navigation Missions Are Coming

Calling freedom of navigation “a matter of fundamental principle” to the United States, the top military officer in the Pacific said that more operations in the South China Sea not only will continue but will become more complex. Adm. Harry Harris, commander of Pacific Command, said in answer to a question Wednesday, “I believe the […]

Nations will respect tribunal on South China Sea: Australia

Washington: An international arbitration case over the disputed South China Sea that has been boycotted by China will “settle once and for all” whether artificial reefs are entitled to territorial waters, Australia’s top diplomat said. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the ruling by the tribunal in the Hague in the case brought by the Philippines […]

China rejects U.S. criticism of South China Sea activities

BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — China on Tuesday rejected U.S. criticism of China’s reef construction in the South China Sea and urged the U.S. side to stop “groundless” accusations. “China will never take such unreasonable criticism,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said when responding to a question at a regular news briefing. She said China […]

Stirring up the South China Sea (IV): Oil in Troubled Waters

The South China Sea’s hydrocarbon resources are hotly contested though its reserves are unproven. While their potential economic benefit may be considerable, their foremost significance is political, as their division has implications for sovereignty and fundamental law of the sea principles. Exploration frictions have deepened geopolitical fault lines. Competition once framed by verbal warnings and […]

China warns Pinoys: Stay out of Pagasa

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS of the Kalayaan Atin Ito (KAI) movement are poised to make a second trip to the Kalayaan group of islands. This time, they intend to spend at least a month visiting the islands that the Philippines currently occupies in the Spratlys. Last December, 48 student-members of the movement visited Pagasa Island in defiance […]

Countries Should Play By Same Rules In South China Sea: Barack Obama

Barack Obama said India and US will continue to expand their military exercises and maritime cooperation. Washington: In a clear signal to China, US President Barack Obama today said all countries should play by the same rules in international law including freedom of navigation in the South China Sea while India can be an anchor […]

John Kerry to press China over North Korea, urge ASEAN unity over South China Sea

RIYADH: US Secretary of State John Kerry begins a visit to East Asia on Sunday in which he plans to press China to put more curbs on North Korea after its nuclear test and to urge Southeast Asia to show unity in response to China’s claims in the South China Sea. Kerry starts what will […]