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Joint Communiqué from G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting, April 2017

Source: G7 Information Centre 11 April 2017 On 10-11 April, the Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union gathered in Lucca, Italy to address major international issues that impact global peace and security.  The following is an excerpt from … Continue reading

Implications of the July 2016 Arbitral Tribunal Ruling

Author: Nguyen Dang Thang National Asian Security Studies Program Issue Brief, Issue 1, No. 5.2 (2016) The following is an excerpt of the paper: Introduction For a considerable time now efforts to manage disputes and promote cooperation in the South China Sea have been inhibited by the lack of an equitably defined geography of disputed and … Continue reading

Vietnam Wants ASEAN to Look Beyond Consensus in Decision Making

By Kyodo News 30 August 2016 Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang suggested Tuesday that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations adjust its long-held practice of applying the principle of consensus in the 10-member bloc’s decision making so as to be able to deal better with contentious regional issues. Quang, who made the remarks at a … Continue reading

Letter Dated 7 January 2016 from the Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations Addressed to the Secretary-General

The following is a letter dated 7 January 2016 from the Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary – General concerning China’s conduct of test flights to Fiery Cross Reef on 2 January 2016 and on 6 January 2016.

The Philippine Coast Guard Deploys Another Vessel to the South China Sea

6 August 2016 The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has deployed another vessel to conduct routine patrol near Scarborough Shoal, according to a Philippine Star’s report. PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said that aside from the 56-meter BRP Pampanga, the 35-meter BRP Nueva Vizcaya would join the patrol in the disputed waters. BRP Pampanga … Continue reading

Unprecedented Swarm of 230 Chinese Vessels Enter Waters Near Senkakus

By Kyodo 6 August 2016 Tokyo lodged a protest with China on Saturday after spotting an unprecedented 230 Chinese vessels swarming waters near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Foreign Ministry said. The roughly 230 fishing boats and six China Coast Guard vessels were confirmed in a contiguous zone near the … Continue reading

Philippines Warns Fishermen to Steer Clear of Disputed South China Sea

Agence France-Presse, 4 August 2016 The question of who has the right to fish in the disputed South China Sea has been a major bone of contention between Beijing and Manila, which brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The Philippines told its fishermen on Wednesday to steer clear of … Continue reading

Right versus Might in the South China Sea

Author: Malcolm Cook APPS Policy Forum, 5 August 2016 The Philippines may have won a legal victory over China, but will it be enough to change the game, Malcolm Cook asks. Last November, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario commenced his closing remarks for the case filed by his country against China under the United Nations … Continue reading

The South China Sea Newsletter: Volume 18 (July 2016)

Compiled by Hao Duy Phan 29 July 2016: Japan risks being more isolated on South China Sea China Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the comment in response to Japanese media reports that Japan will continue to work with the international community to urge China to comply with international law and accept the so-called “award” … Continue reading

Can China Really Ignore International Law?

Author: Richard Javad Heydarian The National Interest, 1 August 2016 History shows that small countries can get the upper hand in the end. In a recent essay, eminent political scientist Graham Allison downplays international criticism of China’s blatant rejection of an unfavorable legal verdict at The Hague. By pointing out the unlawful behavior of status quo … Continue reading

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