Tag Archives: EEZ

China’s assertiveness hardens Malaysian stance in sea dispute

KUALA LUMPUR: The submerged reef would be easy to miss, under turquoise seas about 80 km (50 miles) off Malaysia’s Borneo island state of Sarawak. But two Chinese naval exercises in less than a year around the James Shoal have shocked Malaysia and led to a significant shift in its approach to China’s claims to […]

The South China Sea Disputes: Formula For A Paradigm Shift? – Analysis

China could trigger a paradigm shift in the disputes in the South China Sea if it were to issue charts indicating the outer limit of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) claims from the islands over which it claims sovereignty. A full effect ‘equidistance line’ from the largest islands towards the surrounding coasts would create a […]

Might doesn’t make right – Phl

MANILA, Philippines – Right is might, and not the other way around, Malacañang said yesterday amid a territorial row with China. “There is a need for all to stand up for what is right,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said, stressing that “it should be right is might.” The sentiment was echoed […]

Tangling With China

The Philippines is resisting China’s claims in the South China Sea by filing its case with the United Nations arbitration tribunal of judges, which has agreed to hear the case in March at The Hague. President Benigno S. Aquino III has appealed to the international community to support his effort to settle the territorial dispute […]

The U.S. and China’s Nine-Dash Line: Ending the Ambiguity

For the first time, the United States government has come out publicly with an explicit statement that the so-called “nine-dash line,” which the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan assert delineates their claims in the South China Sea, is contrary to international law. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny […]

A response to navy chief’s denial of Chinese incursion – Arulsothy Ragunathan

Royal Malaysian Navy chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, in comments published by the New Straits Times today, said the Chinese exercise, involving its newly-commissioned aircraft carrier and a submarine, took place 1,000 nautical miles away from Malaysia’s 200 nautical mile economic exlusion zone. “There has been no act of provocation on the part of […]

China’s Doublethink on the Law of the Sea

Senior Colonel Zhou Bo set China-watchers atwitter last week when he informed a group including Admiral Samuel Locklear, big kahuna of the U.S. Pacific Command, that the PLA Navy has “sort of reciprocated America’s reconnaissance in our EEZ by sending our ships to America’s EEZ for reconnaissance.” One meme making the rounds among the punditry […]

Updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report—Ronald O’Rourke, “Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress

Ronald O’Rourke, Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 9 August 2013), R42784. Summary This report presents policy and oversight issues for Congress arising from (1) maritime territorial disputes involving China in the South China Sea (SCS) and East China Sea (ECS) and (2) an additional […]

Phl adopts action plan vs illegal fishing

MANILA, Philippines – The government has adopted a national action plan seeking to prevent and eliminate illegal fishing in Philippine waters amid recent high-profile poaching incidents by foreign vessels. The plan is contained in Executive Order 154 signed by President Aquino last Dec. 6 and published in a national daily yesterday. In the order, Aquino […]

PNoy cannot ignore UNCLOS remedy

The complaint for arbitration against the People’s Republic of China filed with the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea is mainly to defend the Philippine’s sovereign rights over its continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, and to reserve the right to request for provisional measures should these become necessary. The UN Convention on […]