China, ASEAN should prevent “external disruption” in South China Sea: Wang Yi

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The Chinese government’s top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said on Tuesday that Beijing and members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) should work together to remove “external disruption” in the South China Sea. Wang, who is on a visit to Malaysia as part of a short Southeast Asian tour, did not elaborate. During a joint a news conference, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said disputes over the South China Sea should be resolved peacefully through regional dialogue. China, which has for years…

China and ASEAN enjoy an economic tie that U.S. can’t buy

A large container ship approaches the port fully loaded with containers and cargo. /Getty Images A large container ship approaches the port fully loaded with containers and cargo. /Getty Images Editor’s note: Bobby Naderi is a journalist, a guest contributor in print, radio and television, a documentary filmmaker and a member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain. The article reflects the author’s opinion and not necessarily the views of CGTN. China has successfully built up priceless relations characterized by mutual respect and common values with the Southeast Asian countries.…

ASEAN being pressed by US military to help contain China

HAIKOU – In late September, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen bitterly complained to the UN General Assembly that “some countries” were interfering in its internal affairs. This cry in the wilderness was only hint of the diplomatic anguish as Southeast Asian countries are increasingly being squeezed between China and the US in the two superpowers’ struggle for military dominance in the region. Cambodia’s particular concern is that the US sanctioned the Chinese company Union Development Group that is developing a huge tourist zone along its coast. The given reasons included…

Malaysia, ASEAN, and the South China Sea

Regional Strategies Topic Week  By Afdal Izal Introduction The South China Sea has always been a sensitive and thorny issue for the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Since its establishment on August 8, 1967 with its five founding members, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore, ASEAN has treaded carefully. This includes the conflicts and disputes witnessed during its 53 years of engagement, dialogue, cooperation, and the later inclusion of five other members that has been the bedrock of its members’ foreign policy. In the following…

SWS president wants South China Sea renamed to ASEAN Sea – Latest Philippine politics news today

Last updated Sep 27, 2020 The president of polling firm Social Weather Stations (SWS) wants the South China Sea renamed as the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Sea due to its location and the Philippines’ 2016 arbitral win. SWS president Mahar Mangahas said naming the South China Sea after the Southeast Asian region is “much more appropriate” considering that it is almost entirely surrounded by member countries. “Ever since July 2016, when the Arbitral Tribunal on the Law of the Sea ruled that its ‘nine-dash line’ is spurious, it…

US derailing ASEAN Code of Conduct

“Americans are taking advantage of the situation.”     Objectively, the ASEAN Code of Conduct was first broached to the members in the 1992 meeting in Singapore. The issue was to mediate China and Vietnam in a dispute over oil exploration. ASEAN urged the parties “to exercise restraint,” and for the first time sought to apply the principles contained in the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia as the basis for establishing a code of international conduct over the South China Sea.” That historic meeting saw ASEAN…

US urges for international order to address tensions in South China Sea at ASEAN Regional Forum ministerial meet-ANI

Washington [US], September 13 (ANI): US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun-led delegation at the 27th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting discussed the importance of the international rules-based order in addressing increasing tensions and militarisation in the South China Sea.The delegation also discussed the need for unhindered humanitarian access and the cessation of violence in Rakhine State, concern over the erosion of autonomy and human rights in Hong Kong, and the US support for a path to lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula.The meeting was attended by Foreign…