ASEAN in the driver’s seat in the South China Sea

Author: Sourabh Gupta, ICAS On 6 May 2009, Malaysia and Vietnam jointly notified a submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). The submission implicitly declared that the Spratly islands were incapable of generating entitlements beyond their 12 nautical mile territorial sea limit. China shot back a diplomatic note the next day with an attached nine-dash line map, provoking a blizzard of counter-diplomatic notes. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rode the ensuing dust-up to the Hanoi-chaired ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting in July 2010…

ASEAN concerned about South China Sea disputes

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has expressed concern over territorial disputes between some of its members and China in the South China Sea. It called for a peaceful resolution to the matter. Vietnam chaired the four-day virtual ASEAN summit meeting, which wrapped up on Sunday. The chairperson released a statement on Wednesday. The statement said, “We discussed the situation in the South China Sea, during which concerns were raised by some Leaders on the developments, including land reclamations, activities and serious incidents in the area.” It was apparently referring…

Vietnam hands over ASEAN baton to Brunei

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) handed over the ASEAN chairpersonship hammer to Brunei’s Ambassador to Vietnam. Photo courtesy of the World and Vietnam Report. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc handed over the bloc’s chairpersonship hammer to Brunei Ambassador Pengiran Haji Sahari bin Pengiran Haji Salleh at the closing ceremony of the 37th ASEAN Summit in Hanoi. In an online speech, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah congratulated Vietnam for its successful ASEAN chairpersonship. He called on ASEAN to maintain the bloc’s unity and centrality in the coming time. Brunei will be…

Duterte to Asean: Arbitral ruling can’t be ignored by any county

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his remarks during the virtual plenary session of the 37th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN Summit) and Related Summits hosted by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse, Malacañang Park in Manila on November 12, 2020. KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO MANILA – No country can ignore nor diminish the Philippines’ arbitral victory in the South China Sea case, President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday. Duterte asserted the country’s arbitral win in his speech during the virtual plenary session of the 37th Asean…

US pitches for free and open Indo-Pacific in ASEAN Summit

US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has pitched for a free and open Indo-Pacific, a strategic region that has witnessed renewed global focus in view of China’s expansionist behaviour. Addressing the US-ASEAN virtual summit on Friday, O’Brien highlighted the tremendous benefit the partnership has brought to the prosperity, security and well-being of over one billion people in the United States and ASEAN nations, the White House said in a statement. He reaffirmed the US’ longstanding commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, it said. The ASEAN is considered one of…

India, Asean focus on freedom of navigation in South China Sea

NEW DELHI: India and the Asean states on Thursday discussed the prevailing situation in the South China Sea and affirmed the necessity of freedom of navigation amid Beijing’s aggressive posturing in the vital sea lane. The discussions at the 17th Asean-India summit held virtually covered regional and international issues of common interest and concern, including South China Sea and terrorism, officials said. Both sides noted the importance of promoting a rules-based order in the region, especially UNCLOS, officials said. Earlier, in his opening address PM Narendra Modi said connectivity initiatives…

ASEAN summit gets under way amid ‘major power rivalries’ | China

The disputed South China Sea, the COVID-19 pandemic and a significant trade deal are likely to dominate discussions. Southeast Asian leaders kicked off a multilateral summit on Thursday that is expected to address tensions in the South China Sea and tackle plans for a post-pandemic economic recovery in a region where rivalry between the United States and China has been rising. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has so far not been “drawn into the maelstroms” of those rivalries and challenges to the international multilateral system, Vietnamese Prime Minister…

ASEAN Must First Settle its Own Competing South China Sea Claims

Southeast Asian nations need to settle their competing claims in the South China Sea before deciding how to handle Beijing’s or Washington’s policies on the disputed waterway, Malaysia’s foreign minister said Tuesday after a virtual meeting with his regional counterparts. Still, slow deliberation on the issue by governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has prevented wars from breaking out in the volatile waters, Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters in Putrajaya ahead of the 37th ASEAN Summit, which is set to begin Thursday. “The most important [thing]…

No hasty decisions by Asean over South China Sea, says Hishamuddin

PETALING JAYA: Asean will not be emotional during the 37th Asean Summit on matters involving the security and sovereignty of Asean countries and risk starting a war, says Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein. He said on Tuesday (Nov 10) that the South China Sea issue would be discussed at the summit to be hosted by Vietnam, adding that it was unlikely to see a solution at the summit. He also said the new leadership of the United States of America, under Joe Biden of the Democratic Party, would not…