KUALA LUMPUR — Squabbles over the South China Sea (East Sea) led to defense ministers from 18 countries, including China and the United States, scrapping a joint declaration that was supposed to be issued at the end of their one-day meeting on Wednesday. The 18 ministers, who gathered in Subang on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, had been expected to adopt the "Kuala Lumpur Joint Declaration" but eventually an ASEAN chairman's statement was issued instead. The regional defense forum, held biennially, involves the 10-member ASEAN, Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. Early on, officials drafting the declaration had been wrangling over the sensitive issue of the East Sea as China opposed any mention of the fiercely contested waters in the document. The defense ministers' meeting comes as China is fuming over what was seen as a provocative act by the United States last week when it sent the destroyer USS Lassen within 12 nautical … [Read more...] about Defense forum scraps declaration amid S. China Sea row
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It urges parties to adhere by South China Sea ruling. The U.S. is using quiet diplomacy to persuade the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and other Asian nations not to move aggressively to capitalize on an international court ruling that denied China's claims to the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea), several U.S. administration officials said on Wednesday. "What we want is to quiet things down so these issues can be addressed rationally instead of emotionally," said one official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private diplomatic messages. Some were sent through U.S. embassies abroad and foreign missions in Washington, while others were conveyed directly to top officials by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior officials, the sources said. "This is a blanket call for quiet, not some attempt to rally the region against China, which would play into a false narrative that the U.S. is leading a coalition to contain China," … [Read more...] about US launches quiet diplomacy to ease South China Sea tensions
VietNamNet would like to present an article by Dr. Tran Cong Truc, former Head of the Government Boundary Committee on US - Vietnam - China relations and the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea), after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the US. The East Sea is the center of relations between Vietnam and the two superpowers – the US and China. The East Sea is heating up not only due to Beijing’s escalation and expansion in pursuing and imposing its absurd and illegal U-shaped line with many dangerous tricks, but also because of the absence of actual progress after the meeting between Xi and US President Obama. Before the Sino - US summit, the region entrusted a lot of hope in the White House on the commitment to enforce international law and order, peace and stability, marine and aviation security and safety in the East Sea. Obama had also made statements condemning China’s behaviors of escalation and disruption of the status quo to … [Read more...] about The East Sea and US-VN-China relations after Xi Jinping’s US visit
VietNamNet Bridge – Colonel Le Thanh Van - Deputy Commander, Chief of Staff of Navy Region 3 - at a meeting held by the Navy Region 3 on December 16, said China was trying to create new fishing areas in the East Sea (South China Sea). Vietnam's marine sovereignty Colonel Le Thanh Van said that in 2015, the situation in the waters of the Navy Region 3 was complicated. Specifically, China strengthened military activities such as training, reconnaissance patrols and maneuvers at sea to show of force, intimidate and deter the countries involved in maritime disputes with China. China increased surveillance patrols to support its marine exploitation activities, including pursuing, using water cannons, demolishing, seizing fishing equipment, and even beating Vietnamese fishermen in an attempt to prevent them from going out to sea for fishing. In addition, China each year releases notices on the area that is banned from fishing from 12 degrees north latitude, and frequently … [Read more...] about China tries to create new fishing areas on the East Sea
VietNamNet Bridge – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will celebrate its 50th founding anniversary next year. So, it's time for the organization to consider the near future. A particularly important question is how to help ASEAN become more effective in addressing the emerging security challenges. The biggest worry now is that currently ASEAN cannot form a common stance on the issue of the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) dispute, mainly because of the principles of consensus of this association.The consensus principle Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang at the 38th Singapore Lecture forum, held by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, with the theme "Strengthening partnership for sustainable development of the region". Due to the great diversity of the ASEAN member countries, the association has considered the consensus principle as a fundamental principle of its activities. Officially put on … [Read more...] about How can the deadlock of ASEAN on the East Sea be overcome?