Monthly Archives: December 2016

Narendra Modi, Joko Widodo meet: India, Indonesia agree to strengthen maritime cooperation

New Delhi: India and Indonesia on Monday affirmed their commitment to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos). “Both leaders affirmed that India and Indonesia are maritime neighbours whose relations are rooted in civilisational contacts developed through the seas and who share similar perceptions of the evolving maritime environment in the region […]

Taipei’s Name Game

First the phone call, then the bombshell. On December 2, Donald Trump reversed 37 years of American foreign policy by taking a ten-minute congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Yesterday, he went further, announcing that he doesn’t know “why we [the United States] have to be bound by a One China policy unless […]

India and the South China Sea Dispute

The Hague’s Arbitration Tribunal on July 12 clearly backed the Philippines on the issue of the South China Sea (SCS) dispute. It also declared large parts of the South China Sea as international waters and a few as other countries’ Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). India stood in support of The Hague’s ruling as it believed […]

Think tank calls views on Duterte’s pivot to China ‘too simplistic’

In this Sept. 23, 2015, file photo, Chinese Coast Guard members approach Filipino fishermen as they confront each other off Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, also called the West Philippine Sea. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has considerably reduced tensions with China over contested South China Sea waters, says he plans to declare […]

US Sanctions Against China Over the East and South China Seas: A Serious Proposal?

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill in the Senate Foreign Relations committee that proposes punitive sanctions against China over its activities in maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas. The bill, called the “South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act of 2016” (PDF), proffers a plan […]

Japanese, Chinese military aircraft engage in latest tit-for-tat moves in airspace above Western Pacific

China and Japan have continued their recent tit-for-tat moves in the airspace above the Western Pacific, with aircraft from the two Asian giants on Saturday again engaging in an apparently tense encounter over the high seas between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako Island. The Defense Ministry in Tokyo said the Air Self-Defense Force had scrambled […]

China air force conducts long-range drills near disputed waterways, says Taiwan

China is conducted a long-range drill with its military aircraft overflying waterways near Taiwan in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday (10 December), Taiwan’s defence ministry said. It is the first such exercise by China since a telephone call between Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and US President-elect Donald Trump left Beijing annoyed. However, there […]

China flies nuclear-capable bomber in South China Sea after Trump Taiwan call, US officials say

Officials: China flew nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan China flew a long-range nuclear-capable bomber outside China for the first time since President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan, two US officials told Fox News. The dramatic show of force was meant to send a message to the new administration, according to the officials. It […]