Monthly Archives: July 2016

As the Dust Settles on South China Sea Award, the Neighbourhood Reacts Cautiously

Some countries may want to use the verdict to needle China, but the neighbourhood has reacted cautiously, to ensure that any gains from political negotiations are not undone by the award. A fisherman repairs his boat overlooking fishing boats that fish in the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, at Masinloc, Zambales, in […]

China on the Defensive?

It has not been a good month for China. On July 12, an international court of arbitration at The Hague handed the Philippines a huge victory over China in the struggle over the South China Sea. A few days before that, South Korea decided to go forward with the deployment of the US Army’s Terminal […]

How to avoid war in the South China Sea

BOSTON – President Xi Jinping seems to agree with the Athenian general who, more than 2,000 years ago, warned the people of Melos that the strong do what they wish and the weak do as they are compelled. His government insists that nearly all the South China Sea belongs to China — even islets and […]

This country could be the next winner in the South China Sea

China’s lion-share claims to the resource-rich waters in the South China Sea took a huge blow earlier this month after the Permanent Court of Arbitration issued a landmark ruling dismissing China’s “nine-dash line” territorial claim. The court found that Beijing had violated the Philippines’ economic and sovereign rights and concluded there was no legal basis […]

Aust to continue South China Sea patrols

Australia has no plans to back off sea and air patrols in the South China Sea where an increasingly bellicose China is standing firm on its territorial claims, the head of defence joint operations says. Vice Admiral David Johnston says Australia has long conducted patrols in the North Indian Ocean and South China Sea in […]

Tribunal ruling: Blunting China’s realpolitik approach in the South China Sea dispute

MANILA, Philippines — On 12 July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) under the United Nations Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) ruled in favor of the Philippines in its 14 claims against China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea that it is a violation of international law. The court declared that China’s […]

China Talks about Harmony, But Feeds Global Disorder

Anyone familiar with the foreign policy rhetoric emanating from Beijing for the past three decades or more has heard talk of China’s “good neighbor policy,” its “peaceful rise” and its aspirations to contribute to a “harmonious world,” by way of “a new type of great power relations.” China pledged under Deng Xiaoping to pursue a […]