VietNamNet Bridge – Positive signs of a solution based on international laws and actual situation for the East Sea disputes flashed at the international conference on the East Sea held in Washington, USA on June 20-21.East Sea: Minor moves may become a big deal? International scholars discuss maritime security in the East Sea VN condemns Chinese intrusion The two-day conference, held by The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), gathered many government officials, scholars and experts from many countries, including India, Indonesia, Norway, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, China, Singapore and Vietnam.The conference discussed topics of great concerns in Vietnam and the world, such as: the interest and the standpoint of related parties in the East Sea, the recent incidents in the East Sea, the effectiveness of current mechanisms to ensure security in the East Sea and recommendations on policies to strengthen security in this region. The theoretical point of … [Read more...] about Positive signs from conference on the East Sea in USA
VietNamNet Bridge – The follow-up article by researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau explains why the East Sea, from the name Giao Chi (Jiaozhi) Sea in the 14th century, was mistakenly noted by Western people as the South China Sea. From the Giao Chi sea to the U-shape line The East Sea disputes The world map (continents) as drawn by Henricus Matellus Germanus in 1498 In the article “From the East Sea to the U-shape Line”, researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau clarified that in ancient maps of Chinese people; the East Sea was named Giao Chi Sea, Great East Sea or Southeastern Sea.From this aspect, a question emerges. Why the Giao Chi Sea (14th century) was mistakenly called by Western people as the South China Sea as today? We would like to introduce the follow-up article by researcher Nguyen Dinh Dau to answer this question. From the utmost antiquity to the 14th century, ancient people thought that the globe had only three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Perhaps the pioneer for … [Read more...] about Why the East Sea became the South China Sea?
VietNamNet Bridge - The Declaration of the Conducts of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) was signed in the hope that it would provide the foundation for long-term stability in the area and foster understanding among the countries concerned. A relative stable situation in the East Sea was lasting for half of decade. However, it is naïve to believe that because of the DOC, the parties have ceased undertaking activities that complicate the situation. According to the DOC, the parties undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from any action of inhabiting the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features, and to handle their differences in a constructive manner. However, the Declaration does not clarify what kind of activities could be considered to complicate or escalate a dispute. Claimants have continued to construct … [Read more...] about East Sea: recent developments and its implications
VietNamNet Bridge - China placed bricks that build the foundation for today’s disputes to seek control of the East Sea over 20 years ago. What will China think and do in the next 10, 20 or 40 years? The East Sea: Seizing opportunity, getting out of danger China’s game in the East Sea China’s two cards It is not strange that after making threats of using forces against Vietnam on the Global Times on June 21 2011, a high-ranking meeting between China and Vietnam was held to confirm the both sides’ respect of the 16-golden words of good neighborhood. The two events are only four days from each other, with absolutely different signals from central agencies of China.The later signal is positive, showing reduction of tension in the region. But if one looks at it carefully, the situation is not simple: China is playing two cards (hot and cold) in a randomizing way to make Vietnam loses its direction. Let’s review the latest events: on May 26 2011, Chinese … [Read more...] about Vietnam in China’s game in the East Sea
VietNamNet Bridge - The East Sea’s (South China Sea) significance has been wider recognized by many stakeholders in international navigation, maritime safety, natural resource exploitation, environmental protection, and legal effectiveness of international law. The East Sea disputes relating to the Paracel Islands, Spratly Islands and maritime zones associated with these groups of islands remain as ones of potential flashpoints that could cause regional instability. The East Sea disputes Since 1990s, efforts have been made by regional countries to stabilize the situation and seek the opportunities for cooperation in the East Sea area. These efforts have resulted in, among others, the ASEAN Declaration on the South China Sea in 1992, the adoption in 2002 of the ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), according to which all signing parties pledged to seek peaceful solutions to disputes and conduct maritime cooperation in order to maintain … [Read more...] about Security environment in the East Sea and efforts for managing the disputes