Asia Times | How Indonesia stared down China in South China Sea

Although known to be fiercely nationalistic, Indonesia’s diminutive Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi hardly looks the part of a “bad cop.” But that was the role she was apparently called on to play in Indonesia’s recent stand-off with China in sovereign waters north of the Natuna Islands. The hard line taken by Marsudi, chief political minister Mohamad Mahfud and even President Joko Widodo himself stood in contrast to the more conciliatory tone set by Maritime and Investment Coordinating Minister Luhut Panjaitan and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto. But that, say insiders, ensured…

India’s own version of Indo-Pacific strategy – New Delhi Times

By Dr. Ankit Srivastava, Editor – in – Chief At the Joint Indian Ocean Dialogue and Delhi Dialogue, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar revealed India’s version of the Indo-Pacific strategy. That includes the Western Indian Ocean, the Gulf neighbours, the Arabian Sea islands countries and Africa. The Indo-Pacific is an “open, free and inclusive” platform, he emphasized. Back in June 2018, at the 17th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Prime Minister Modi had crafted India’s stance. Now Jaishankar’s authoritative and systematic explanation adds flesh to the bone. The Indo-Pacific strategy is over-a-decade-old…

Yellow trio helping China’s case in South China Sea disputes – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO BY the “Yellow Trio,” I mean the three who have been clamorously claiming that China is out to devour our territories in the South China Sea. These three are: 1. President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s foreign secretary Albert del Rosario who pushed for the filing of an arbitration case against China over our disputes with that country in the South China Sea in his attempt to cover up for his loss of Scarborough Shoal because of his bungling in 2012; 2. Former Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio…

Timely reporting on South China Sea situation urged – The Manila Times

After missing out in his speech and amid Indonesia’s taking of a strong approach against China’s intrusions, the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff has found a way to cement his commitment to safeguard and maintain the defense of Philippine territories in the South China (West Philippine) Sea. chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos Jr.. Photo by Armed Forces of the Philippines According to the military’s unusual release, its chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos Jr. has ordered the “continued protection, defense and security of the country against…

Saifuddin: Malaysia remains consistent over South China Sea claim | New Straits Times

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia had expected China to protest against it filing a submission with the United Nations last month seeking to establish the limits of Malaysia’s continental shelf in the northern part of the disputed South China Sea. Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said Malaysia has been firm with its demand which was made on Dec 12. “The protest by China is normal but we will be consistent with our demand. “We are not daunted. We will keep pushing until the level of arbitral proceedings,” he said today during the announcement…

Indonesia sets new tone in dealing with China – The Manila Times

AT the very start of the new year and the new decade on Jan. 1, 2020, the government of Indonesia made a declaration that has profound and far-reaching implications for the festering disputes between China and its Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) neighbors over China’s extravagant claims in the South China Sea. Indonesia said on Wednesday it rejected China’s claims over a disputed part of the South China Sea as “having no legal basis.” This came after it lodged a protest two days earlier with Beijing over the presence…

Carpio persists in lying about arbitration ruling vs China – The Manila Times

RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO TO be honest, I find it a sad commentary on our Supreme Court as an institution that a person like Antonio Carpio, who served as justice there for 17 years and purportedly wrote important court decisions, continues to ignore the facts, and because of his pro-United States stance, chooses to fan the embers of anti-Chinese sentiment in the country. He has been doing this by spreading lies about the decision on an arbitration case that the Philippines brought against China over our disputes in the South China…

South China Sea issue to feature in Asean talks | New Straits Times

HANOI: Vietnam is expected to ensure all Asean meetings touch on the South China Sea issue to enable the regional grouping to be better prepared in dealing with China. Together with other Asean claimants of the territory, Vietnam is in a better position to take on China regarding the issue as it assumed the Asean chairmanship from Jan 1 and as non-permanent member at the United Nations Security Council for 2020-2021 term. Regional observers predict that Hanoi will try to build a tougher line together with other Asean members in…

NST Leader: Troubled waters | New Straits Times

INTERNATIONAL law is there for a reason. To ensure that there is law and order among a comity of nations. What’s more if the countries are signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982. One country cannot, arbitrarily, claim the whole of the sea because it has a certain nomenclature. If this is so — and UNCLOS is very clear that it is not so — then every body of water that bears a certain country’s name will belong to that country. “Ridiculous” was…