The Philippines Takes a Tougher Approach to Its South China Sea Claims

Philippine and Chinese coast guard ships sail past each other in the South China Sea on May 14, 2019. (TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s South China Sea policy is becoming less conciliatory toward China, as he tries to balance growing pressure from within his administration to revitalize Manila’s security cooperation with the United States against the need to preserve his country’s economic ties with Beijing. The Duterte administration has recently made a number of statements emphasizing the Philippines’ extensive maritime dispute with China. This suggests a…

China is doubling down on its territorial claims: here’s what you need to know

From the South China Sea to the Himalayan Sino-Indian border, and even in one of its own cities, China has doubled down on its claims of territory, and taken a harder line in response to perceived challenges. And as those disputes escalated this year with renewed and rising tensions, Xi has bulked up the military and increased its budget, with the instruction to “resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.” Here’s what you need to know about China’s key flashpoints in the Asia-Pacific region. Dotted with small islands, reefs…

China is doubling down on its territorial claims and that’s causing conflict across Asia

Since taking power in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has helped cement China’s position as a global superpower — and pushed forward an aggressive foreign policy, making bolder moves in several key flashpoints across Asia. From the South China Sea to the Himalayan Sino-Indian border, and even in one of its own cities, China has doubled down on its claims of territory, and taken a harder line in response to perceived challenges. And as those disputes escalated this year with renewed and rising tensions, Xi has bulked up the military…

Southeast Asian countries challenge China over maritime claims

Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects troops on an Indonesian Navy vessel January 8. He visited the Natuna Islands after Beijing claimed the waters as its traditional fishing area. (© Agus Soeparto/Indonesian Presidential Office/AP Images) Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects troops on an Indonesian Navy vessel on January 8. He visited the Natuna Islands after Beijing claimed the waters as its traditional fishing area. (© Agus Soeparto/Indonesian Presidential Office/AP Images) Southeast Asian countries are pushing back against the Chinese government’s aggression in the South China Sea. A recent example of this aggression…

Vietnam Reasserts South China Sea Claims After Islets Vanish from US Facebook Page

Vietnam has actually declared its claim over the contested Spratly and Paracel island chains in the South China Sea, after the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi modified the islands out of a map of Vietnam it had actually published on its Facebook page for a current diplomatic occasion. “Vietnam has consistently maintained the Paracel and Spratly Islands as inseparable parts of the Vietnamese territory,” foreign affairs ministry representative Le Thi Thu Hang stated at a press rundown Thursday when inquired about the edit. “This consistent stance has been taken multiple times…

France-UK-Germany submits joint note in UN against China’s South China Sea claims

New Delhi: France, the United Kingdom, and Germany have submitted a joint Note Verbale to the United Nations challenging the legality of China’s expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea in what can be viewed as a setback for Beijing’s aggression. In their submission to the UN on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 (Thursday in Manila), the three powerful European countries highlighted, among others, that claims about Beijing’s exercise of “historic rights” over the South China Sea waters do not comply with international law and United Nations Convention on the…

European powers reject China’s South China Sea claims

Their views were expressed in a joint note verbale sent to the United Nations (U.N.) with regard to a series of diplomatic letters and notes from China to the U.N. since last year, in which it claimed to have sovereignty over several entities on the South China Sea and to have “historic rights” in the South China Sea, among other maritime claims. In the Wednesday note verbale, the U.K., France and Germany, as State Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), reaffirmed that…

UK, France, Germany reject China’s ‘historical claims’ in SCS

MANILA – France, Germany, and the United Kingdom submitted a note verbale to the United Nations, asserting the 2016 arbitral award which opposed China’s vast “historical claims” in the resource-rich South China Sea. The diplomatic notes, dated Sept. 16, came following the numerous communications issued by China in response to Malaysia’s submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. The three European powers collectively said the”claims with regard to the exercise of historic rights over the South China Sea waters do not comply with international law and…

AFP chief asserts PH not ‘abandoning’ claims in South China Sea

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Gilbert Gapay during a confirmation hearing by a panel of the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. (Alex NuevaEspaña/Senate PRIB) MANILA, Philippines — The government’s “soft approach” in dealing with issues concerning the South China Sea does not mean the Philippines is “abandoning” its territorial claims in the area, the country’s top military official said. Facing a panel of the Commission on Appointment (CA) on Wednesday, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Gilbert Gapay…