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Research Asssisant has written 37 posts for South China Sea Research

Chairman’s Statement of the 30th ASEAN Summit

The following is an excerpt from Chairman’s Statement of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila on 29 April 2017 that focuses on the South China Sea issues: South China Sea 120. We reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security and freedom of navigation and over-flight in and above the South China Sea. We welcomed … Continue reading

Draft ASEAN-China Codes of Conduct (2000): Text and Analysis

Source: Thayer Consultancy 26 April 2017 On 15th March 2000, senior officials from China and ASEAN met in Thailand to discuss for the first time their respective draft codes of conduct for the South China Sea. ASEAN tabled a seven point code, while China put forth a document containing twelve points. The following is the … Continue reading

The Myth of Chinese Sanctions over South China Sea Disputes

Author: Angela Poh The Washington Quarterly • 40:1 pp. 143–165 — Given significant international attention over the 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling, this article examines allegations of China’s economic aggression in its disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam over the South China Sea. The selection of these two cases is natural as China’s relations with the Philippines … Continue reading

China’s Third Sea Force, The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia: Tethered to the PLA

Authors: Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson China Maritime Report 1 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, March 2017) Summary Amid growing awareness that China’s Maritime Militia acts as a Third Sea Force which has been involved in international sea incidents, it is necessary for decision-makers who may face such contingencies to … Continue reading

Viet Nam and the South China Sea’s Roiled Waters

Author: Carlyle A Thayer APPS Policy Forum, 30 January 2017 Shining a spotlight on Vietnam’s militarisation in the Spratlys — Vietnam’s military activities in the South China Sea, while not on the same scale as China’s, pre-date them considerably and are squarely aimed at maintaining a balance of power in the region, Carlyle A Thayer writes. On … Continue reading

The South China Sea Newsletter: Volume 23 (January 2017)

Compiled by Hao Duy Phan 27 January 2017 — ACTS OF CLAIMANTS 24 January 2017: China urges US to act and speak cautiously on South China Sea China urged the United States to act and speak cautiously on the South China Sea, saying China has irrefutable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-urges-us-to-act-and-speak-cautiously-onsouth-china-sea/3462708.html 23 January 2017: … Continue reading

Joint Statement from U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Source: White House 11 February 2017 President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held their first official meeting on 10 February 2017 in Washington D.C. and issued a joint statement affirming their strong determination to further strengthen the U.S.-Japan Alliance and economic relationship. On the South China Sea issues, the joint statement states: … Continue reading

First Reactions to the Philippines v China Arbitration Award Concerning the Supposed Historic Claims of China in the South China Sea

Author: Clive R. Symmons Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy 1 (2016) 260-267 Judging from the conferences I have already attended on the Award on the Merits of the Arbitral Tribunal in the case of Philippines v China (2016), the Tribunal’s award has already received much critical comment from many international lawyers. However this may … Continue reading

How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument

Authors: Gary King, Jennifer Pan, Margaret E. Roberts American Political Science Review, 14 January 2017 Abstract: The Chinese government has long been suspected of hiring as many as 2,000,000 people to surreptitiously insert huge numbers of pseudonymous and other deceptive writings into the stream of real social media posts, as if they were the genuine opinions … Continue reading

White Paper on China’s Policies on Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China 11 January 2017 China’s State Council Information Office on Wednesday issued a white paper on China’s policies on Asia-Pacific security cooperation. The following is the full text of the white paper:  

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