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Weekly News 18/7 - 25/7

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- (Stimson 13/7) China's Claim in the South China Sea, by Richard Cronin

- (VOA 21/7) Vietnam Pledges South China Sea Defense as Legislative Session Opens: “Nguyen Sinh Hung said the government will act to protect Vietnamese fishermen and defend the country’s economic activities in the waterway, including its exploration for oil and gas.” 

- (Washington Post/AP 21/7) Vietnam vows to defend sovereignty and interests in disputed South China Sea:

- (Taiwan Today 21/7) ROC reaffirms sovereignty over South China Sea islands:

- (Reuters 21/7) China signs S.China Sea guidelines, seeks to turn page on row:

- (SMH 22/7) China rivals sign ‘code’ on territorial islands row: The bitter stoush over territorial rights to islands in the South China Sea could yet steal the agenda at a key regional security summit that will for the first time include the US and Russia.

- (Inquirer Opinion 22/7) Flag waving in the Spratlys: A delegation of five Filipino congressmen landed on a disputed island in the Spratly chain on Wednesday in a melodramatic assertion of the Philippine claim to what it calls “Pagasa” island.

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Weekly News 11/7-18/7

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- (Asia Time 15/7) Folly and the South China Sea: Many observers have speculated that China's drive for sole sovereignty over the South China Sea is driven mainly by belief that the sea bottom is rich in hydrocarbon resources.

- (Jakarta Post 15/7) Engaging China in the South China Sea: ASEAN realizes that they have no chance to stand in a military confrontation against China in the South China Sea; hence they resort to political solutions.

- (Inquirer News 15/7) China will become ‘ruthless monster,’ says Indon expert  China will rule over the region and the world and its financial and military dominance will ignite resistance and militaristic reaction from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations”; Despite spat, Philippines upbeat on relations with China: Philippines is confident that relations with Beijing will not just improve but go to the “next higher level” with President Aquino’s forthcoming state visit.

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Weekly News 4/7 - 11/7

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-(FT July 8) Tensions increase in South China Sea dispute - The map, which reflects Beijing’s claim over the oceans just off the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam, is becoming a new flashpoint in US-Sino relations

-(Huffingtonpost July 7) China and the Mosquitoes- In March 2010 China announced that it considers the entire South China Sea as a "non-negotiable" "core national interest", akin to the categories of Tibet and Taiwan

-(Manilastandardtoday July 7) Arroyo pact gave China an opening, Palace says- “We have to clarify that Recto Bank is ours. The action and inaction of the past administration probably sent a signal to China that they can claim Recto Bank”

-(Speroforum July 7) PHILIPPINES – CHINA Sino Filipino meeting over South China Sea fails - Beijing has not given up claims to the South China Sea and has denied allegations made by Manila that its Navy attacked Filipino fishing trawlers and ships

-(Straitstimes July 7) China should tread carefully to preserve its Asean image –  Beijing must realise much is at stake if it does not manage its maritime disputes with Asean judiciously

-(Wantchinatimes July 7) Diplomacy vs oil: Beijing's South China Sea dilemma - Amid ongoing disputes in the South China Sea, major enterprises have increased their attempts to secure oil resources

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Weekly News 20 – 27/6

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- (AFP/Sinchew 24/6Philippines seeks US arms amid China tension: The Philippines said Thursday it hoped to lease naval equipment from the United States, calling for a "reset" in the two nations' alliance in the face of rising friction at sea with China.

 - (Financial Times 24/6) US backs Philippines in South China Sea: Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, on has pledged to support the Philippines amid growing tensions between China and its neighbours in disputed areas of the South China Sea.

- (Policy Review June 1)  Countering Beijing in the South China Sea by Dana Dillon: Why the U.S. must not let China’s territorial ambitions go unopposed.

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Weekly News 12 - 19 June

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- Conference on Maritime Security in the South China Sea (CSIS, Washington DC.): Agenda


+China and the South China Sea: Time for  Code of Conduct by Aileen S.P. Baviera

+China's Fishing Ban in the South China Sea: Implications for Territorial Disputes by Nguyen Dang Thang


- (The Jamestown Foundation 17/6) Taiwan Pivots in the South China Sea by Russell Hsiao

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Weekly News 6 - 13 June

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-(Vietnam MOFA) Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nguyen Phuong Nga at the Press Conference June 9th 2011.

-(Bloomberg 9/6) Vietnam Says Chinese Boat Harassed PetroVietnam Survey Ship; -(Reuters 9/6) China accuses Vietnam in escalating sea tensions

-(New York Times 9/6) China: Neighbors Warned on Disputed Island Chain. Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, Liu Jianchao, said in Manila

- (WSJ 9/6) Tensions Flare in South China Sea

- (Economist 9/6) Not littorally Shangri-La The South China Sea becomes a zone of eternal dispute

-(BusinessWorld 9/6) Manila, Beijing up ante in word war over disputed islands  

- Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs, A RULES-BASED REGIME IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

- (RSIS 9/6) Nguyen Dang Thang, China’s Fishing Ban in the South China Sea: Implications for Territorial Disputes

- (New Yourk Times 7/6) China's Troubled Neighbors - In any case, China’s emergence has upset the status quo. Beijing’s actions, be they conciliatory or aggressive, will set the tone for the future, and hence the relationships between the United States and the other nations of the region.

-(The Diplomat), Duong Danh Huy, China’s U-Shaped Claims; (The Manila Times) The Philippines and Vietnam at the crossroad .

- (Reuters 8/6) China scolds Philippines over disputed waters

- (Foreign Policy 7/6) Crowded Waters - The superpower battle for regional supremacy in the South China Sea is heating up once again. 

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Weekly News 30 May - 6 June

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Shangri-La Dialogue 2011:

-Keynote Address- Prime Minister of Malyasia Abdul Razak: need code of conduct between ASEAN and China.

- Speech by General Phung Quang Thanh: Vietnam exercised patience in May incident when cable cut in S.China Sea, hopes won't be repeated; need code of conduct between ASEAN and China.

- Summary of fifth session on "Responding to New Maritime Security Threats": Navigating maritime disputes in Southeast Asia

- Financial Times (4/6) US warns over tension in South China Sea: Robert Gates, US defence secretary, on Saturday warned that there were increasing concerns about recent Chinese provocations in the South China Sea and other disputed waters in Asia.

- CNN (4/6) Robert Gates warns of possible clashes in the South China Sea: "Without rules of the road, without agreed approaches to deal with these problems, then there will be clashes. I think that serves nobody's interest," 

- (Bloomberg 4/6): China Reassures Its Neighbors After Clashes Over Claims in South China Sea. “China is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Minister Liang Guanglie toldl; What to Watch for At the Upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue

- (Inquirer 4/6) Philippines accuses China of ‘serious violations’ in South China Sea

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Weekly News 23 - 30 May

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- (Reuters 27/5) UPDATE 1-Vietnam says Chinese boats harassed oil exploration ship; (AP 27/5) Vietnam accuses China of threatening boat researching oil-drilling sites in South China Sea; (Forbes 27/5) Vietnam accuses China of violating sovereignty; (Upstream 27/5) Chinese boats 'harass' Vietnam oil ship; (Financial Times 27/5) Vietnam and China oil clashes intensify - “China is brazenly asserting its sovereignty by such actions and it has the preponderance of vessels to enforce this,”, Carl Thayer, an expert on the South China Sea at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra

- (Platts 26/5) CNOOC offers 19 offshore South China Sea blocks for joint exploration - 12 blocks in the east area of South China Sea, and seven blocks in the west area of the South China Sea, according to the notice published on Tuesday.

- (East Asia Forum 25/5) Taiwan on the fence as South China Sea tensions mount - Taiwan’s South China Sea policy is a balancing act, seeking to protect its interests there while continuing to avoid antagonizing China or the United States and its allies

- (Xinhua 25/5) China discusses South China Sea issue with Indonesia, Philippines during Defense Minister's visit

- (Inquirer 25/5) Aquino warns of arms race - President Benigno Aquino III has warned Chinese Defense Minister Liang Gianglie

- (PhilStar 26/5) The Spratly issue

- (CriEnglish 26/5) China Establishes Cyber PLA - China's Defense Ministry has now revealed that the PLA has established a "cyber blue team" to better safeguard the Internet security of the armed forces.

- (ABS-CBN 25/5) FVR pushes for 'hard bargaining' with China - Former President Fidel V. Ramos warned yesterday against raising tensions in the South China Sea and urged President Aquino to be more consistent in his dealings with China and the United States.

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Weekly News 16 - 23 May

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- (Jakarta Post 21/5) China offers ASEAN joint effort to counter piracy

- (Jakarta Post 20/5) Defense chiefs push for South China Sea rules - “This is the first time the South China Sea issue has been raised by the defense ministries. It was previously considered a sensitive issue and was avoided,” Col. Jan Pieter Ate, a special assistant to the Indonesian Defense Minister, said after the meeting;  China plays down severity of South China Sea issues

- (AFP/Asiaone 19/5) Vietnam says sailors shot in South China Sea - Relatives of the sailors told police that the shooters wore uniforms of the Philippines but a military spokesman in Manila said there were no reports of incidents in the Spratlys.

- (Inquirer 20/5) Chinese jets intruded into PH space–AFP - The Armed Forces on Thursday said it was validating reports that Chinese jet fighters had entered the country’s airspace around the disputed Spratly chain near Palawan

- (Breitbart 18/5) Chair amends ASEAN Summit's S. China Sea statement at Vietnam behest+

- (The Diplomat 18/5) Welcome to the ASEAN VillageCarden is faced with a lingering issue that threatens long-term peace and stability in Southeast Asia, and means resolution of the South China Sea dispute is going to have to be one of his main diplomatic objectives; Putting Eyes on China’s Carrier

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