Related News Southeast Asian countries have reversed course on a statement that expressed deep concern over events in the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea), where Beijing is embroiled in territorial rows, Malaysia said Tuesday, adding that "urgent amendments" would be made. In a strongly-worded statement released to AFP by the Malaysian foreign ministry, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had earlier warned that recent actions in the disputed waterway, where Beijing has been building militarized artificial islands, had "the potential to undermine peace". The statement came after what was characterized as "a candid exchange", language that hinted at a diplomatic set-to between the bloc's foreign ministers and their Chinese counterpart in the Chinese city of Kunming. But just hours later, Malaysia said the ASEAN secretariat had issued a recall. "We have to retract the media statement by the ASEAN foreign ministers... as there are urgent amendments to be … [Read more...] about ASEAN retracts “South China Sea” criticism: Malaysia
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The unofficial Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) is the last chance for the two powers to drum up support before a decision from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in a case brought by the Philippines. Manila is contesting Beijing's claim to an area shown on its maps as nine-dash line stretching deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, covering hundreds disputed islands and reefs. Security experts expect the United States will try to convince Southeast Asian countries, as well as other big powers such as India and Japan, to publicly support any positive decision for the Philippines, who asked the court to recognize its right to exploit waters in the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea). China, which rejects the court's authority, will try to sway the countries to abstain from taking a public position, which should make it easier to stave off criticism from the West. "The value of the case is the long term reputational damage and the pressure... on the Chinese. That only works if you … [Read more...] about South China Sea (Vietnam’s East Sea) set to dominate Singapore security summit
Japan on Friday named five uninhabited small isles belonging to an island group in the center of a dispute with China as part of efforts to reinforce its claim, a move likely to spark anger from Beijing and another claimant, Taiwan. FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2011 file photo, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C Orion surveillance plane flies over the disputed islands, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea. The five islands, named after directions of the compass, are part of the group in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japanese and the Diaoyu in Chinese. Five bigger islands in the group already have names. Chinese and Japanese coast guard ships have regularly confronted each other in surrounding waters. The five were among 158 islands that were named Friday and their list published on a website of the Japanese maritime policy department. The other islands elsewhere in the Japanese waters are not disputed. The government said that … [Read more...] about Japan names 5 disputed islets in East China Sea
Beijing's claim to almost the whole of the South China Sea is "problematic" and the Asian giant's actions have raised tensions, a senior US official said Tuesday on the eve of high-stakes talks. A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off as the Philippine boat attempts to reach the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. China also disputes islands with Japan -- a US security ally that Washington is treaty-bound to defend if attacked -- and officials travelling with Secretary of State John Kerry said they had "heightened concerns" about "the readiness of claimants to utilise military, paramilitary, coastguard forces in furtherance of their claims". Kerry arrived in Beijing Tuesday for the sixth Strategic and Economic Dialogue, billed as the main annual meeting between the world's two largest economies. The two days of tough discussions will seek to chart a path ahead in turbulent … [Read more...] about Beijing’s South China Sea claim ‘problematic’: US official
Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Tat Thanh on July 7 wrote an article on the country's daily Matichon, opposing the wrongful view of Chinese Ambassador to Thailand Ning Fukui on the East Sea published earlier on the same newspaper. Following is the full text of Ambassador Thanh's article under the title "Who is the real trouble-maker in the South China Sea ?" - a few words to Ambassador Ning Fukui. A harasser crying "Stop harassing!" On June 23, 2014, Ambassador Ning Fukui wrote in the Matichon Daily expressing his opinions on the issue of the South China Sea - called "the East Sea" by Vietnam. With a view to a better-informed public opinion on this particular issue, I would like to present here some facts and information to help the Daily's readers have a more complete assessment of "Who is the trouble-maker in the South China Sea?". First, the information Ambassador Ning used in his article to argue that Vietnam "disrupted" China's activities was, in fact, copied from … [Read more...] about Who is the real trouble-maker in the South China Sea?