Chinese Foreign Policy

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

Title:

 Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on May 9, 2016

Author:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

Source:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China

Date:

May 9, 2016

Description:

Q: Some said that China is a big country wielding strong power. The Philippines is nowhere near China in terms of state power, and it does not stand a chance of resolving territorial and maritime demarcation disputes with China through bilateral negotiations. That is why it resorted to arbitration. What is your comment?
Q: Former US Secretary of Defense Hague said that failure to observe the ruling of the South China Sea arbitral tribunal by either party of China or the Philippines will be a dangerous beginning. What is your response?

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

Title:

 China's Okinotori Position Reveals an UNCLOS Double Standard

Author:

Ankit Panda

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

May 3, 2016

Description:

One of Asia’s more remote maritime territorial disputes–the dispute over the status of the Okinotori Islands (Okinotorishima)–is back in the news. As my colleague Shannon Tiezzi discussed earlier this week, a recent spat over fishing rights between Taiwan and Japan has given the dispute newfound relevance. The dispute over Okinotori is more clear cut than many of the maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas. Notably, its ownership isn’t under dispute. What three states–China, South Korea, and Taiwan–do dispute is the status of the features that comprise Okinotori.

Tags: South China Sea, UNCLOS, Arbitration, Okinotori Islands

Title:

 China to build floating nuclear power plants in South China Sea

Author:

L. Todd Wood

Source:

Washington Times

Date:

April 24, 2016

Description:

China is planning to construct up to 20 floating nuclear power plants for remote locations, including the South China Sea, where China has been building man-made islands that could threaten freedom of navigation in the area. Although the build up of infrastructure in these vital shipping lanes is ostensibly for civilian purposes, the projects could easily mask a military agenda.

Tags: China, South China Sea, Militarization, environment, Nuclear Power

Title:

 Chinese FM: 'Dual-track' approach offers practical solution to South China Sea issue

Author:

CCTV.com

Source:

CCTV.com

Date:

April 22, 2016

Description:

Homepage > China Video Chinese FM: 'Dual-track' approach offers practical solution to South China Sea issue CCTV.com 04-22-2016 12:40 BJT Share this: Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on sinaweiboShare on email Font size: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has spoken on the South China Sea at a press conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei. Wang said that both China and Brunei are the littoral states of the South China Sea, and that ensuring stability in the region is in the interests of both countries.

Tags: South China Sea, Dual Track Approach, China-ASEAN Relations, Wang Yi

Title:

 China: US, the Philippines are causing tensions in South China Sea

Author:

CCTV.com

Source:

CCTV.com

Date:

April 20, 2016

Description:

China's foreign ministry has responded to British minister of state for foreign affairs's recent remarks over South China Sea. Hugo Swire blamed China for causing tensions in the region. A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry said such comments were unfounded accusation in disregard of the facts.

Tags: South China Sea, China-US Relations, Military Relations, Military Cooperation, Philippines-China Relations, Philippines-US Relations