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Weekly News 22/8 - 29/8

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- (AP 25/8China accuses US of 'exaggerating' military threat: China's state news agency accused the United States Thursday of "exaggerating" the threat posed by its military, after a report said the Asian nation was expanding its maritime power.

- (Reuters 24/8Factbox: Pentagon details China's military expansion: The Pentagon said on Wednesday that China was on track to forge a modern military by 2020, a rapid buildup that could be potentially destabilizing to the Asia-Pacific region.

- (Department of Defense 24/8ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS‎: “Beijing’s approach to international engagement has evolved with its perception of its own interests in a dynamic security environment. As China’s regional and international interests expand, so too will China’s impetus for additional engagement, especially in the areas of peacekeeping operations, HA/DR, and joint exercises. In addition to furthering PLA modernization,these engagements will likely be geared toward building China’s political ties, assuaging fears about China’s rise, and expanding China’s international influence, particularly in Asia.”

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Weekly News 15/8 - 22/8

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- (Bernama 18/8) South China Sea Dispute has no impact on Pan-Bei Gulf Economic Cooperation.

- (Taiwan News 18/8Philippine president to make 5-day visit to China

- (Council on Foreign Relations 17/8A Bid to Boost U.S.-China Relations: Biden's visit marks the first time a senior U.S. official will spend a substantial amount of time with China's president-in-waiting. "We're investing in the future of the U.S.-China relationship," said Tony Blinken, Biden's national security adviser.

- (WSJ 18/8In Chinese Interview, Biden Stresses Better Ties by welcoming Chinese companies to invest in the U.S. and reiterating a pledge to address a key Chinese trade complaint by easing U.S. restrictions on exports.

- (Financial Times 18/8Biden visit aims to assure China on US economy: The US and China put on a show of harmony on Thursday as Joe Biden, US vice-president, started talks with Chinese officials amid global financial turmoil which has tested relations between the world’s two largest economies.

- (Reuters 18/8China paper urges U.S. to act on debt worries: The United States must shoulder its responsibilities and take steps to soothe China's concerns over the security of its U.S. government debt holdings, a front-page editorial in the overseas edition of the People's Daily said on Wednesday.

- (China Daily 18/8Trust still seen as issue in China-US relations:

- (LA Times 18/8Day 1: Biden says U.S.-China partnership critical to global economy: Vice President Joe Biden said that the United States and China "hold the key" to the global economy Thursday, the first full day of a visit focused as much on a broader relationship between the two global powers as building a personal relationship with its future leaders.

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Weekly News 8/8 - 15/8

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- (Brookings 11/8New Challenges in Predicting China’s Upcoming Political Succession 

- (Eurasia Review 11/8) RisingTensions In Asia Pacific Region – Analysis; - South China Sea: Reducing The China-Vietnam Tension – Analysis

- (Chosunilbo 11/8) Experts Warn of Shifting Regional Power Balance: Pundits were busy Wednesday when China began tests of its first aircraft carrier in the West Sea. 

- (Gulf News 11/8Asia needs to think of 10 things: It's time for Asia to figure out how to get beyond US trade, which locks it into buying ever more US debt to keep their own currencies artificially weak.

- (Mainichi Daily News 11/8Japan to dispatch SDF if Senkaku Islands invaded: Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Wednesday.

- (Philippine Star 12/8A strategic view of foreign relations 

- (Joong Ang Daily 12/8Risk of a regional arms race: China’s maritime operational capabilities could expand to the Pacific as well as the Indian Ocean, which trigger an unprecedented arms race in the region.

- (CSIS 11/8) Is China's Aircraft Carrier a Threat to U.S: 

- (The Economist 13/8Name and purpose to be determined: The Chinese navy takes a much-heralded step forward but its intentions are vague

- (The Economic Times 11/8US asks China to explain why it wants carrier: As China commenced sea trials of its first aircraft carrier, the US has sought an explanation from Beijing why it needs this kind of equipment and asked it to be more transparent about its power projections. 

- (TIME 10/8Troubled Waters: Why China’s Navy Makes Asia Nervous, "could result in some kind of escalation, some kind of miscalculation — an incident, a misunderstanding that would greatly heighten the stakes."

- (Asia Times 11/8) Pride and prejudice over China’s carrier: Labeled a "scientific research and training" vessel by Beijing, the craft is the result of years long retrofitting of the Soviet-era, Ukrainian-built Varyag.

- (Wall Street Journal 11/8The Carrier of Asia-Pacific Troubles: An aircraft carrier gives Beijing tremendous capabilities and could worsen regional tensions.

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Weekly News 1/8 - 8/8

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- (Asia Times 5/8Deep-sea mining stirs risk concerns: The emerging trend towards more deep-sea mining threatens to stir new conflicts among competing resource-hungry countries, including those already at loggerheads over potentially oil-and-gas rich maritime areas in the South China Sea. 

- (Jakarta Post 5/8For ASEAN, talk is a real bargain: Talk is cheap, but if it means preventing nations from engaging in bloody and destructive wars, it is an unbeatable bargain. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which marks its 44th anniversary on Aug. 8, knows this all too well. 

- (Saipan Tribune 5/8Sprat me Xisha, Nansha, and Hoang Sa: “The Taiwan-China disagreement is in-house since each considers the other as part of one whole; the Vietnam-China discord is between cousins. China’s Yue Nan before the French called it Vietnam has a contiguous geo-ethnic relation to land and peoples of Yunnan and Hainan.”

- (Business World 3/8China-run oil firm to drill in local seas? A CHINESE state-run firm is poised to take over majority control of an oil exploration venture in offshore Palawan, Energy Undersecretary Jose M. Layug, Jr. yesterday said.

- (Fox Business 4/8Three China Firms Keen On Oil Exploration Near Spratlys -Philippine Secretary, Philippine Energy Secretary Rene Almendras said Thursday.

- (Alaska Dispatch 4/8East Asia’s top 5 island claim disputes 

- (AFP 4/8China says Japan defence paper ‘irresponsible’, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu

- (BBC 4/8China angered by Japan’s defence paper warnings: China has criticised Japan for a report warning against China's growing naval power, calling it "irresponsible".

- (China Post 4/823 students visit Dongsha on sovereignty trip: CGA: A group of 23 Taiwanese university students headed towards Dongsha Island in the South China Sea yesterday afternoon and are expected to claim sovereignty by raising the national flag today, said the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).

- (Focus Taiwan 4/8ROC sovereignty over South China Sea non-negotiable: official 

- (Xin Hua Net 2/8Three-month summer fishing ban lifted in South China SeaJapan’s defense paper damages ties with China, helpless to regional peaceChina conducts scientific survey in South China Sea

- (Spero News 4/8Asia: South China Sea: Beijing close to a deal with Hanoi but far from Manila: “China and Vietnam agree to “peaceful measures” to settle their border dispute through cooperation and bilateral relations. Tensions between Beijing and Manila are up as China threatens the Philippines after Manila builds a military structure on one of the Spratly Islands"; JAPAN Japanese defence paper threatens Sino Japanese relations: Japan’s Defence Ministry releases its annual paper on its region’s military situation, warning against China’s growing military power, which aims at expanding its sphere of influence. Beijing protests and issues threats.

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Weekly News 25/7 - 1/8

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-(Asia times 30/7) Shallow agreement in the South China Sea - After last week's ARF meeting, Clinton called the deal on guidelines an "important first step" and "There needs to be a lot of dialogue between [ASEAN] and China,"

-(Diplomat 29/7) Beating the South China Sea Phoenix - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned that the unresolved issues threaten peace and stability in Southeast Asia

-(AP 29/7) Philippines seeks regional backing for sea dispute - The move is part of a plan by Manila to ease the tensions with China and other claimants

- (NBR Special Report 7/2011) From Disputed Waters to Seas of Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to Maritime Cooperation in East and Southeast Asia

-(Daily Times 29/7) China defends carrier plans, neighbours fret over buildup- China’s neighbours are worried its aircraft carrier programme may in time intimidate regional rivals but its military on Thursday defended the plan as vital for maritime security.

-(Atimes July 29) China averts collision in South China SeaFor Beijing, the core issue of sovereignty must not be resolved by radical approaches such as war, nor through multilateral arenas

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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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