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Christopher Ward | April 21, 2014 | Source: East Asia Forum

The overlapping territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea are regularly described as flash points and sources of tension. A number of these overlapping claims do not involve China. However, it is the assertions made by China that lie at the heart of many of the disputes, as well as their possible resolution within the framework of UNCLOS.

Teresita Ang See | April 15, 2014 | Source: Tulay Weekly

The Philippine government on March 30 submitted a pleading to the arbitral tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea asserting its claims to parts of the West Philippine Sea and seeking to invalidate Beijing’s claim over the South China Sea.

Zhang Hua | April 3, 2014 | Source: PRC Embassy in the Philippines

On March 30, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs stated that it submitted its Memorial to the Arbitral Tribunal that is hearing the case it brought against China under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in January 2013. A lot of media friends ask for comments on this issue. In order that China's position is clearly understood, I would like to elaborate on the following issues.

1. The Philippines' initiation of and push for international arbitration has undermined China-Philippines relations.

Carl Thayer | March 28, 2014 | Source: The Diplomat

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Gregory Poling | March 28, 2014 | Source: East Asia Forum

Recent months have seen a steady progression of China’s long-term strategy in the South China Sea, which can be loosely divided into two parts. Beijing is building up its maritime surveillance forces in the area and strengthening effective control of the features it occupies. At the same time, Chinese vessels are venturing far afield with greater frequency to assert Beijing’s claims to the entire area encompassed by the ‘nine-dash line’, and to provoke missteps by fellow claimants.

Andrea Chloe Wong | March 25, 2014

Cultural diplomacy plays a vital role in international affairs. It promotes the unique identity of a country and advances understanding with other nations. Its importance is increasingly evident as the world becomes more globalized and interdependent, especially with the proliferation of mass communication technology that ensures greater access and interaction among states and people all over. It is because of this reality that many countries regard cultural diplomacy as an important component in their foreign policy.

Darshana M. Baruah | March 21, 2014 | Source: RSIS


The South China Sea is seeing increasing tension amongst the claimants. The Second Thomas Shoal is the latest addition to Beijing’s ‘Salami Slicing’ strategy of slowly acquiring small reefs and islands to consolidate its contested claim.

Walden Bello | March 18, 2014 | Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Last year, the Philippines brought a complaint against China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea to the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal. The Chinese “were really unprepared for that and were really embarrassed by it,” one of Vietnam’s top experts on Chinese diplomacy told me during my recent visit to Hanoi.

Walter Lohman | March 13, 2014 | Source: The Heritage Foundation

Testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review

My name is Walter Lohman. I am Director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation.

The Global Times | March 6, 2014 | Source: The Global Times

By virtue of its position, the South China Sea forms part of a vital route for maritime trade and transport for East Asian and Southeast Asian countries and their trading partners in Asia, Africa and beyond, which gives this area great geopolitical significance. Therefore, disputes over regional control and influence among the littoral states are bound to arise.


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