Chinese Foreign Policy

Title:

 China urges Philippines to withdraw arbitration case

Author:

Roee Ruttenberg

Source:

CCTV.com

Date:

June 9, 2016

Description:

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei has said the Philippines' unilateral initiation of an arbitration case that involves territorial claims in the South China Sea, meant it had closed the door on settling disputes through dialogue and negotiation. He has called for Manila to settle disputes through bilateral negotiations.

Tags: UNCLOS, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations

Title:

 China says Philippines ‘closed the door’ on territory talks

Author:

Clifford Coonan

Source:

The Irish Times

Date:

June 9, 2016 

Description:

As international arbitration over China’s claims in areas of the South China Sea claimed by the Philippines looms closer, Beijing has accused Manila of “closing the door” to talks aimed at settling their differences through negotiation. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is expected to rule at the end of June or early July on a unilateral arbitration case submitted by the Philippines on its territorial disputes with Beijing in the region.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, The Hague

Title:

 Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on Settling Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea Through Bilateral Negotiation

Author:

Xinhua

Source:

Xinhua

Date:

June 8, 2016 

Description:

China and the Philippines are neighbors facing each other across the sea, and the two peoples have enjoyed friendship over generations. Before the Philippines' unilateral initiation of the South China Sea arbitration on 22 January 2013, the overall situation in the South China Sea had remained stable despite certain disputes between China and the Philippines therein. Thanks to China's efforts, China and the Philippines carried out friendly consultations on, among others, establishing dialogue mechanisms and engaging in practical cooperation and joint development, and have achieved positive outcomes in this regard. However, ever since its initiation of the arbitration, the Philippines has unilaterally closed the door of settling the South China Sea issue with China through negotiation, and has, while turning its back on the bilateral consensus regarding managing differences, taken a series of provocative moves that infringed upon China's legitimate rights and interests. This has led to dramatic deterioration of China-Philippines relations as well as of peace and stability in the South China Sea. China is firmly opposed to the Philippines' unilateral actions. China adheres to the solemn position of non-acceptance of and non-participation in the arbitration, and will stay committed to settling the relevant disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation.

Tags: South China Sea, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations

Title:

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Regular Press Conference on June 8, 2016

Author:

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Press Conference

Source:

Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Sydney

Date:

 June 8, 2016

Description:

Q: This morning, the Foreign Ministry issued a statement on settling disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation. What is the consideration behind the statement? A: The Philippines closed the door of settling relevant disputes in the South China Sea through negotiation with China by unilaterally initiating the arbitration in 2013, which led to deterioration of China-Philippines relations. In order to properly deal with maritime disputes, China and the Philippines have on many occasions agreed to resolve relevant disputes through bilateral negotiation. However, the two sides have by far never engaged in any bilateral negotiation on the subject-matters of the arbitration. The South China Sea arbitration was unilaterally initiated by the Philippines. In doing so, the Philippines has turned its back on the agreement reached and repeatedly reaffirmed by China and the Philippines on settling the relevant disputes in the South China Sea through negotiation and violated its own solemn commitment in the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). This is an abuse of the UNCLOS dispute settlement procedures. It goes against international law, including UNCLOS. The door of China-Philippines bilateral negotiation is always open. China will remain committed to settling through negotiation the relevant disputes with the Philippines in the South China Sea on the basis of respecting historical facts and in accordance with international law. China urges the Philippines to immediately cease its wrongful conduct of pushing forward the arbitral proceedings, and return to the right path of settling the relevant disputes in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation with China.

Tags: South China Sea, UNCLOS, Arbitration, Philippines-China Relations, Declaration of Conduct

Title:

 Senior Chinese Military Officer Visited Disputed Island

Author:

Jeremy Page and Gordon Lubold

Source:

The Wall Street Journal

Date:

 April 15, 2016

Description:

China’s top military officer led a high-level delegation on a visit to a cluster of Chinese-built artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea in recent days, underlining the strategic importance of the structures at the center of a standoff between Beijing and Washington.

Tags: News, Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 Chinese Law Enforcement Activities in Its Own Territorial Waters Legitimate and Justifiable

Author:

Web Editor: Guan Chao

Source:

CRIEnglish

Date:

 May 30, 2016

Description:

In January 2013, the Philippines unilaterally instituted arbitration proceedings against China with respect to its disputes with China in the South China Sea. On March 30, 2014, the Philippines presented a Memorial consisting of 15 Submissions. In Submission 13, the Philippines complained about two series of allegedly dangerous actions conducted by China's law enforcement vessels against Philippine law enforcement vessels on April 28 and May 26, 2012. The Philippines alleged that China thus violated relevant provisions of the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs), and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Tags: News, Arbitration, Chinese Reclamation, Chinese Harassment

Title:

 China Promoting Tourism for Disputed Paracel Islands

Author:

Jane Perlez and Yufan Huang

Source:

The New York Times

Date:

 May 28, 2016

Description:

BEIJING — Tropical islands in the South China Sea have become a major strategic headache between China and the United States. As tensions escalate over China’s construction of military installations on disputed islands, the United States Navy has sent extra warships to the waterway. A Chinese fighter jet recently flew so close to an American surveillance plane that there was nearly a collision.

Tags: News, Tourism, South China Sea, Paracel Islands

Title:

 Chinese harassment of Philippine fishermen in disputed South China Sea eases

Author:

Bloomberg

Source:

Japan Times

Date:

May 25, 2016 

Description:

Filipino fishermen in the South China Sea have been plying their trade without being harassed by the Chinese coast guard for a month, officials said, in what could be an early sign of easing tensions under incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who will be sworn in on June 30.

Tags: South China Sea, Philippines-China Relations, Fisheries, Duterte

Title:

 Philippines' arbitration case built on false pretext

Author:

Jiang Wei

Source:

China Daily

Date:

 May 25, 2016

Description:

In its compulsory arbitration proceedings with respect to its disputes with China in the South China Sea, the Philippines has accused China of interfering in the Philippines exercising sovereignty and jurisdiction in its territorial waters. The Philippines claims that the region extending 200 nautical miles from its coast, except the 12-nautical miles of high-tide land, is its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

Tags: News, Arbitration

Title:

 China’s Maritime Grand Strategy: Stoking Insecurities With Aggressiveness

Author:

Anubha Rastogi

Source:

Eurasia Review

Date:

 May 22, 2016

Description:

According to Alfred Thayer Mahan, a 19th century American strategist, the concept of sea power was based on the idea that countries with greater naval power will have greater worldwide impact. This concept had enormous influence in shaping strategic thought of navies around the world. The nation that controlled the seas held the upper hand in modern warfare.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, China Foreign Policy

Title:

 China: UN case just a ‘show’

Author:

Estrella Torres

Source:

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Date:

 May 18, 2016

Description:

WEEKS before the arbitration court issues a decision on China’s massive military buildup in the disputed waters of South China Sea, Beijing warned “it will only take a strong position in response” once the Philippines and its military allies use force in enforcing the ruling.

Tags: News, Arbitration