Code of Conduct

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Assessing the ASEAN-China Framework for the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea

Despite its shortcomings, ASEAN and China’s endorsement of the framework is a step forward in the two-decade long conflict management process for the South China Sea. Going forward, the framework will form the basis of negotiations between ASEAN and China on the COC. However, if past is prologue, this process is likely to be protracted and frustrating, especially for those Southeast Asian countries who are keen to have a legally binding, comprehensive and effective COC in place as quickly as possible. Continue reading


ASEAN’S Long March to a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

If the past is prologue, China’s disregard for the Award and its continual militarization of its features in the South China Sea means that ASEAN’s Long March for a COC will remain a protracted one. Continue reading

Joint Statement of Australia-Japan-United States Trilateral Strategic Dialogue

Source: Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs  7 August 2017 The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Australia, Julie Bishop, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Taro Kono, and the Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, met in Manila, the Philippines, on August 7, 2017, for the 7th ministerial meeting of the Trilateral Strategic … Continue reading

Full Text of Joint Communiqué of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Compiled by Hue Viet 7 August 2017 The Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met on Saturday, 5 August 2017 at the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Manila, Philippines, under the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”. The release of their joint communiqué, however, was reported delayed until … Continue reading

Offshore Coral Reef Damage, Overfishing, and Paths to Peace in the South China Sea

Author: John W. McManus The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Volume 32, Issue 2, 2017, pages 199 – 237 Abstract: Offshore coral reefs of the South China Sea are subject to complex overlapping sovereignty claims by up to six regional nations. Escalating tensions have led to widespread structural reinforcement of military outposts on many … 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

Beijing’s Missile Deployments in the South China Sea Whither the Code of Conduct?

Author: Koh Swee Lean Collin APPS Policy Forum, 11 January 2017 Can a form of arms control succeed in stopping the increasing militarisation of the South China Sea, or is the proposed Code of Conduct doomed to fail, Koh Swee Lean Collin asks. Quoting US officials, Fox News on 23 December 2016 revealed that China had … Continue reading

Philippines: No Guarantee China Will Honor Code of Conduct

Reported by Estrella Torres Philippine Daily Inquirer, 20 August 2016 The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said China’s agreement to the general framework of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea was not enough guarantee of Beijing’s commitment to peacefully settle disputes in the contested waters. China and ASEAN senior ministers agreed to … Continue reading

The South China Sea Newsletter: Volume 4 (May 2015)

The South China Sea Newsletter: Volume 4; May 2015 Hao Duy Phan ACTS OF CLAIMANTS 29 May 2015: Vietnam: China must immediately halt construction Vietnam demands China to immediately stop the construction currently underway on the Paracels and Spratlys, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Le Hai Binh said with regard to China’s erection of two lighthouses on … Continue reading

The South China Sea Newsletter: Volume 3 (April 2015)

The South China Sea Newsletter: Volume 3; April 2015 Hao Duy Phan PHILIPPINES V. CHINA 21 April 2015: Tribunal set hearing date The Arbitral Tribunal issued its fourth Procedural Order, deciding to hold a hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility in July 2015. http://www.pca-cpa.org/showpage.asp?pag_id=1529 ACTS OF CLAIMANTS 28 April 2015: Vietnam: Nobody can prevent oil exploration … Continue reading

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