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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

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

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

Vietnam-China Joint Communiqué, January 2017

Source: Viet Nam News Agency 14 January 2017 On January 14, Vietnam and China issued a Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the official visit to China by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong from January 12-15 at the invitation of Party General Secretary and President of China Xi Jinping. On the South China Sea issues, the joint communiqué … 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:  

U.S. Secretary of State Nominee Tillerson on LOS Convention in 2012

By: Ocean Law News Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans 14 December 2016 With President-Elect Trump’s stated intent to nominate ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson to be his Secretary of State, this 2012 letter from Tillerson to Senators Kerry and Lugar is of particular interest to advocates for the Law of the Sea Convention. … Continue reading

U.S. President-Elect Trump on China, Taiwan and the South China Sea

The following is an excerpt from the interview with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump conducted by Fox News on Sunday, 11 December 2016. In this excerpt, Trump defended his phone call with Taiwan’s president and discussed his stance on China’s behaviour. CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: You recently took a call from the President of Taiwan. And on … Continue reading

Remarks of China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson on US President-Elect Trump’s Tweets and Phone Call with Taiwan Leader

The following are the remarks by China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang at a regular press conference on 5 December 2016, regarding US President-elect Trump’s phone call with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen as well as his messages on Twitter criticising China’s currency policies and military presence in the South China Sea. Did China ask us if it … Continue reading

Full Text and Video: Joint Statement of the Philippines and Japan

On 26 October 2016, The Philippines and Japan issued a joint statement during the state visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Tokyo. On the South China Sea issues, the joint statement states: 11.     Maintaining open and stable seas is essential in the region. The two leaders shared the view that the South China Sea holds sea … Continue reading

Joint Statement of the Republic of the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China

On 21 October 2016, Philippines and China issued a joint statement on the occasion of the official visit to China by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. On the South China Sea issues,  the joint statement states: 18. Both sides commit to enhance cooperation between their respective Coast Guards, to … Continue reading

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