The US diplomatic debacle at the ASEAN Summits and its ‘Hail Mary’ to salvage relations

The Trump administration has eroded confidence in the US’s economic and foreign policy commitments. But its attempts to salvage relations risk exacerbating the situation. By Mark J. Valencia, Adjunct Senior Scholar, National Institute for South China Sea Studies The behaviour of the US representatives before and at the 35th ASEAN summit illustrated that its political, economic and cultural influence on the preferences of Southeast Asian countries has declined. U.S. and ASEAN relations have become increasingly discordant. Now the US has invited ASEAN leaders to meet with US President Donald Trump…

South China Sea likely to be high on Asean agenda when Vietnam takes chair – South China Morning Post

South China Sea likely to be high on Asean agenda when Vietnam takes chair  South China Morning Post South China Sea fury: Secretive Beijing in new drone tests – but won’t reveal why or where  Express.co.uk Jackie Chan cancels Vietnam trip over China sea row  The Independent South China Sea: Top secret underwater drone tested in disputed waters by Beijing  Infosurhoy View full coverage on Google News Source link

Maritime cooperation indispensable to Asean: Inquirer columnist, Asia News & Top Stories

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – For ordinary fishermen and other Filipinos whose livelihoods are dependent on the peace and stability in the areas covering Scarborough Shoal and other parts within our exclusive economic zone, the long-overdue Code of Conduct (COC) being hammered out at the Association of Southeast Nations (Asean) is a crucial and indispensable component. The discussion of the COC was inevitable during the recent 35th Asean summit in Thailand. The COC is intended to manage conflicts, preserve peace and stability in the South China Sea, and…

South China Sea news: ASEAN leaders fury at Trump’s no show provokes diplomatic spat | World | News

ASEAN heads of state were deeply disappointed that Donald Trump chose not to attend the summit and sent a low-level diplomatic delegation instead, headed by Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien. In a sign of their anger, many ASEAN states including key American allies and partners, skipped the annual ASEAN-US summit. As a result, they missed Mr O’Brien speech, in which he reaffirmed the US’ commitment to maintain freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Additionally he defended the right of smaller ASEAN states to explore for and exploit…

India, ASEAN for maintaining peace in South China Sea

Bangkok: The India-ASEAN summit attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday saw ASEAN countries appreciate India’s contribution towards maintaining peace and stability in the Southeast Asian region as both sides discussed terrorism and the need to maintain peace, security, and stability in the Beijing-controlled South China Sea. Briefing reporters on the summit meeting between Modi and the leaders of the 10-member bloc here, Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, said the summit saw the two sides highlight the convergence of their “respective approaches to the Indo-Pacific”.…

‘China blocking Asean access to $2.5-tillion energy resources in South China Sea’

BANGKOK—The United States has accused China of blocking Southeast Asia Nations’ access to $2.5 trillion of energy resources in the South China Sea. This comes as a Filipino-manned ship was allegedly harassed by a Chinese warship in Scarborough Shoal and Vietnam’s foreign ministry recently accused a Chinese oil survey vessel and its escorts of violating its sovereignty and demanded that Beijing remove its ships from the area. After a tense standoff with the Vietnamese, the vessel reportedly sped away from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone toward China. “Beijing has used intimidation…

US envoy to ASEAN denounces Chinese “intimidation” in South China Sea

Email Posted November 05, 2019 09:23:16 A White House representative spoke out against what he called Chinese “conquest” in the region, but said the US would continue to seek closer relations with China. Source: ABC News | Duration: 36sec Topics: world-politics, territorial-disputes, international-aid-and-trade, trade, agreements-and-treaties, united-states, china Source link

Beijing says ‘ready to work’ with ASEAN on South China Sea rules | News , World

Beijing said Sunday it is “ready to work” with Southeast Asian nations on a code of conduct in the flashpoint South China Sea, where it is accused of building up military installations and bullying fellow claimants. For years, the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been locked in talks for a code of conduct for the sea, where China is accused of deploying warships, arming outposts and ramming fishing vessels. The Philippines – which has sparred with China in the sea – said Sunday that Beijing is…

China ready to work with ASEAN members to solve South China Sea issue

Chinese premier Li Keqiang said on November 2 that China is preparing itself to work with Southeast Asian countries for long term peace and stability in the South China Sea. The Chinese leaders met the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Earlier China has claimed the major portions of the South China sea including the ongoing water disputes on Spratly Islands which is rejected by several member nations of the ASEAN who also claim their portion in the busy waterway. READ: Vietnam Bans Animated ‘Abominable’ Movie Over…