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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

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

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

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

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

China Steps Up Naval Presence Near Key Disputed Island

By Bill Gertz/The Washington Free Beacon 11 August 2016 China is building up maritime security forces around a key disputed island in the South China Sea that the Pentagon has warned China not to militarize. According to Pentagon officials, the number of Chinese maritime security vessels near Scarborough Shoal, in the Spratly Islands, has risen … Continue reading

Western Officials Say Vietnam Moves New Rocket Launchers into Disputed S.China Sea, Vietnam Denies

By Reuters 10 August 2016 Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials. Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers … Continue reading

New Photos Cast Doubt on China’s Vow Not to Militarize Disputed Islands

By The New York Times, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative 8 August 2016 When President Xi Jinping of China visited President Obama at the White House last September, he startled many with reassuring words about his intentions for the Spratly Islands, a contested area where the Chinese government has been piling dredged sand and concrete atop reefs … Continue reading

ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the South China Sea, July 2016

The following is an excerpt from Joint Communiqué of the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Vientiane on 24 JULY 2016, which focuses on the South China Sea issues.  South China Sea 174. We remain seriously concerned over recent and ongoing developments and took note of the concerns expressed by some Ministers on the land … Continue reading

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