Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 China ends Hanoi’s maritime drilling

Author:

Taylor MacDonald

Source:

ASEAN Economist

Date:

 July 24, 2017

Description:

Vietnam has reportedly terminated a gas-drilling expedition in the contested South China Sea, following threats from Beijing, as it embeds its grip on the region by opening a cinema on an island claimed by Hanoi. Vietnamese diplomatic sources and an oil industry insider told the BBC that the Spanish-owned drilling company, Repsol, was forced to leave the area. It was confirmed this month that a major gas field is below the water with some observers surprised at Hanoi’s immediate U-turn.

Tags: South China Sea, China-Vietnam relations, Oil and gas, General Fan Changlong

Title:

 Oil: The Philippines Is Challenging China Again Over A Disputed Sea

Author:

Ralph Jennings

Source:

Forbes

Date:

July 23, 2017

Description:

More than two years ago Philippine energy officials called off drilling for oil and natural gas in a sensitive part of the South China Sea that Beijing claims as its own. The Southeast Asian country’s Department of Energy froze that ambition because the Philippines was preparing for world court arbitration with China over who has the more rightful rights to the tract of sea. The location is called Reed Bank, an 8,866 square-kilometer table mount 80 kilometers from the Philippine island of Palawan.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Oil and gas

Title:

 Hypocrisy in the South China Sea

Author:

MARK J. VALENCIA

Source:

The Japan Times

Date:

July 21, 2017

Description:

HAIKOU, CHINA – There is a big difference between reasoning and rationalization. Reasoning is the use of facts and logic to derive a conclusion regarding a given issue. Rationalization is the use of reasoning to justify a preconceived conclusion. Many countries have rationalized their positions regarding their claims and actions in the South China Sea. Indeed there are no “innocents” — only degrees of rationalization.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Freedom of navigation, Territorial Disputes

Title:

 Trump’s Pentagon Plans Challenge Chinese Claims in South China Sea

Author:

Kristina Wong

Source:

Breitbart

Date:

July 20, 2017 

Description:

President Trump approved a Pentagon plan this year that will require regular challenges to China’s excessive maritime claims in the South China Sea, Breitbart News has learned. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sent the plan to the White House in April that outlines a schedule for the whole year of when U.S. Navy ships will sail through international waters China illegally claims, according to a U.S. official.

Tags: US-China Relations, US Navy, Trump South China Sea Policy, Pentagon, Jim Mattis

Title:

 India seeks to strengthen ASEAN bond

Author:

NDT Malaysia Bureau

Source:

New Delhi Times

Date:

 July 17, 2017

Description:

India will invite the heads of state for government of all 10 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states for the Republic Day parade and celebrations on January 2018 to translate India’s ‘Act East Policy’ into action. This could the first time ever for many Asian leaders together to be chief guests at the parade showcasing India’s military might. The gathering will be much bigger than what Modi had gathered when he invited all the leaders of SAARC countries for his oath ceremony way back in 2014.

Tags: India-ASEAN Relations, Act East Policy

Title:

 TNI will be involved in securing energy exploration, exploitation

Author:

News Desk

Source:

The Jakarta Post

Date:

July 14, 2017 

Description:

Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan signed on Friday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a cooperation between the two institutions on security precautions for natural resource exploration activities in the country. Jonan said the TNI would secure all exploration and exploitation activities conducted by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

Tags: South China Sea, Oil and gas, Indonesia, TNI

Title:

 India will boost ties with Vietnam and Japan, says top diplomat

Author:

Ravi Velloor

Source:

The Straits Times

Date:

 July 12, 2017

Description:

India will deepen its strategic ties with Vietnam and Japan as it continues to build on its Act East policy and sheds its status quo instincts for a more activist line that has already seen it come to the humanitarian aid of countries far beyond its shores. That is the message from New Delhi to South-east Asia. Speaking on the theme of India, Asean and changing geopolitics, Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said yesterday: "Vietnam is a well-established strategic partner and our cooperation across a broad range of economic, developmental and security issues will deepen ever further.

Tags: India-ASEAN Relations, Act East Policy, India-Japan Relations

Title:

 South China Sea dispute expected to dominate Philippine foreign secretary’s first China visit: analysts

Author:

Catherine Wong

Source:

South China Morning Post

Date:

2017-06-28

Description:

Philippines’ newly appointed foreign secretary is expected to face a challenge when his first official visit to China begins on Wednesday, as he tries to balance the competing interests of Beijing and Southeast Asian countries against the South China Sea disputes, according to analysts.

Tags: News, Territorial Disputes, Code of Conduct, Alan Peter Cayetano

Title:

 How China snubbed Singapore at the Belt and Road summit

Author:

Angela Han

Source:

the Interpreter

Date:

May 18, 2016 

Description:

Among the 29 Heads of State who converged on Beijing for the Belt and Road Summit earlier this week were leaders of seven of the ten ASEAN states. One leader was noticeably missing: Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Various observers have noted this absence, including Hugh White, who suggested it was no co-incidence that, like others - Japan, India, Australia and ‘most western countries’ - who had not sent their national leaders to Beijing, Singapore was aligned with the US and uneasy about China’s rise – ‘or perceived to be so’.

Tags: Belt and Road Initiative, Lee Hsien Loong, China-Singapore Relations

Title:

 Four navies converge in South China Sea

Author:

Naval Today

Source:

Naval Today

Date:

 June 8, 2017

Description:

Five ships from Australia, Japan, Canada and the U.S. met in the South China Sea on June 8 for two days of maneuvers and exercises. The exercise included JMSDF destroyers Izumo and Sazanami, RCN frigate HMCS Winnipeg, Australian frigate Ballarat and US destroyer Sterett.

Tags: Naval Cooperation

Title:

China hits out at G7 for 'irresponsible remarks' on South China Sea

Author:

Kirsty Needham

Source:

The Sydney Morning Herald

Date:

 May 28, 2017

Description:

China has rebuked the powerful G7 group of nations for issuing a communique expressing concern at developments in the South China Sea. China accused the G7, comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States, of "interfering" in South China Sea and East China Sea issues.

Tags: South China Sea, G7,