Who’s bullying who in the South China Sea?

Author: Mark J Valencia, National Institute for South China Sea Studies The United States and China are accusing each other of ‘bullying’ in the South China Sea. The epithet is being thrown around rather loosely. But there is some truth to these mutual accusations.   Bullying is the practice of influencing another party to do something it does not want to do by using threats or actual force. Synonyms include coercion and intimidation. All states have a legal duty to ‘refrain in their international relations from military, political, economic or any…

A Carousel of Partnerships – MIR

Earlier this year, I outlined the roots of the ongoing dispute over the South China Sea and the upending of traditional Philippine foreign policy by incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte, wherein he spurned the country’s long-time pro-American stance in favour of improving relations with Beijing. However, despite the apparent warming of relations with China, it would appear that circumstances have prevented Duterte from completely entrenching himself within Beijing’s sphere of influence. Cozying up to China In spite of the tensions surrounding the disputed South China Sea (or as it was re-named…

A distracted White House does nothing as China makes a startling expansion into the South China Sea – Raw Story

This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. Dana Kennedy While President Donald Trump basked in the glow of a fake picture of him giving a military hero dog a medal of honor and infuriated Russia by claiming the U.S. is “keeping the oil” in Syria, he’s blowing off two key summits in East Asia this week, despite China’s increasing aggression in one of the most dangerous corners of the world.…

U.S.-China tensions hang over Southeast Asian summit

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Southeast Asian leaders are expected to voice concern at rising trade tensions during a regional summit starting on Saturday in the shadow of the U.S.-China trade war and amid worries at U.S. disengagement from the region. A police officer stands guard outside the venue for the upcoming the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 1, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha The 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet in Bangkok, where they will also hold talks with representatives of world powers and have…

Vietnam Told China to Get Out of Its Waters. Beijing’s Response: No, You Get Out.

HANOI—For months earlier this year, Vietnamese officials tracking the operations of a Chinese oil-and-gas survey ship off their country’s coast in the South China Sea sent urgent communications to Beijing, demanding that the vessel leave Vietnam’s 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone. China’s response: Vietnam should stop drilling activities off its own southern coast, according to a Vietnamese official. There, a rig named Hakuryu-5 had begun work in May under a contract with Russian state-owned company Rosneft, which… Source link

What Does ASEAN’s Evolving Approach to the South China Sea Issue Mean for Vietnam? – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security | East Asia | Southeast Asia Though the regional grouping continues to have difficulties on the issue, it nonetheless remains important to Hanoi’s calculations. Advertising While a range of issues will be in discussion during this weekend’s summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the South China Sea will be among them. And for Vietnam in particular, how ASEAN manages the issue will be important for its own calculations and options in dealing with the South China Sea. ASEAN’s ability to speak in one common voice on important issues such…

Navy wraps up 10 days of training with Brunei in South China Sea

Navy wraps up 10 days of training with Brunei in South China Sea U.S. and Brunei armed forces finished their 25th annual maritime training exercise Thursday at Muara Naval Base, Brunei, after more than a week of operations in the South China Sea. “This is what partnership looks like,” Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, said in a Navy statement at the conclusion of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT. “There’s no better demonstration of our shared commitment to a free and…

Proposals For ASEAN Action On South China Sea Issues Are Rash And Unrealistic – Analysis

This week leaders of Southeast Asian nations are having their annual summit meetings.   A major topic for discussion will be the South China Sea issues and what if anything it can and should do about them.   Many pundits and players are offering their advice. https://www.crisisgroup.org/asia/south-east-asia/south-china-sea-needs-asean-more-ever; https://opinion.inquirer.net/124824/making-asean-matter; https://globalnation.inquirer.net/181683/asean-asked-to-do-more-to-resolve-scs-dispute Prominent among them is recently retired Philippine Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio.  He was a key member of the Philippines legal team that brought an arbitration challenging China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.  The Philippines won but China has not…

Navy wraps up 10 days of training with Brunei in South China Sea – Pacific

Navy wraps up 10 days of training with Brunei in South China Sea U.S. and Brunei armed forces finished their 25th annual maritime training exercise Thursday at Muara Naval Base, Brunei, after more than a week of operations in the South China Sea. “This is what partnership looks like,” Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific, said in a Navy statement at the conclusion of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT. “There’s no better demonstration of our shared commitment to a free and…

Envoy hopes for decision on South China Sea COC at Bangkok summit |

Map showing disputed claims in the South China Sea. Includes locations for Reed Bank and Benham Rise, where Chinese survey ships were seen last year, according to the Philippine government. AFP FILE BANGKOK — Philippine Ambassador to Thailand Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon has expressed hope for the early conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea during the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Thailand to “greatly help reduce tension” in the region. The Philippines serves as coordinator of the Asean-China dialogue partnership from…