VietNamNet Bridge - It must be emphasized that the advisory opinion process of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will face political, diplomatic and legal barriers. relate news The “new card” in China’s cow-tongue machinations East Sea: Behind China’s Silk Road Initiative China wants to conserve even Vietnam’s heritage? Is China’s Silk Road Initiative an interest in the East Sea? Vietnam should take action before the next step of China in the East Sea. Photo: Hoang Sang For this case, Vietnam should quickly send a diplomatic note to UNESCO to oppose China’s unilateral filing of the heritage … [Read more...] about What should Vietnam do to prevent China’s “new card”?
Party wall dispute resolution
VietNamNet Bridge – The Hague’s Arbitral Tribunal on Tuesday finally rendered its long-awaited landmark ruling on the case of the Philippines versus China over claims to the East Sea (South China Sea). The result came after three years filled with complicated procedures, international clapping, bitter objections and ballyhooed exchanges of words. As the historic decision day approached, analysts and legal experts expected a ruling favourable to the Philippines following two hearings and some 4,000 pages of evidence submitted to the tribunal, yet how the ruling was delivered turned out to be unexpected. In an interview with Viet Nam News right after the ruling was announced, Dr Markus Gehring, deputy director of the University of Cambridge’s Centre for European Legal Studies, admitted he was a “little bit surprised at the clear, decisive language of the tribunal ruling”, which hardly left “any room for doubt” on what the panel truly meant in … [Read more...] about Time to act responsibly, amicably
Some Chinese state-owned entities, backed by the key government agency that oversees major state industrial companies, have adopted a controversial defense when they face U.S. lawsuits: You can't touch us because we enjoy sovereign immunity. Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China's biggest state-owned aerospace and defense company, has used the strategy twice, while state-owned China National Building Materials Group Co (CNBM), a state-owned building products company, successfully used it in a case involving allegations that Chinese-made drywall led to health problems for U.S. homeowners. China's Foreign Ministry in October complained to the U.S. government over attempts by plaintiff lawyers to serve the drywall lawsuit on the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC), which is responsible for 106 government-owned enterprises with 4.7 trillion yuan ($722 billion) in assets, including CNBM and AVIC. The ministry argued in a diplomatic note that … [Read more...] about Chinese state entities argue they have ‘sovereign immunity’ in U.S. courts
VietNamNet would like to introduce our readers an article about conflicts in the South and East China Sea by the former U.S. Ambassador to Germany James D. Bindenagel, published on the US-based Boston Global Forum. Bindenagel believed that the resurgence of nationalism past which lurks behind modern leaders’ mind is the truly root of the world’s current conflicts and imposes dangerous challenge to the liberal international order that exists today. It also explains the China’s acts in the East and South China Sea (East Sea). He also summed up results of the Boston Global Forum Initiative’s online conference which was on July 2 aiming at building a framework for peace and security in the Pacific, and suggested the Scenario model to deal with conflicts. Conflict in the Western Pacific has captured world attention. Conflict over competing claims for the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea have surfaced and led to … [Read more...] about Risks of unresolved area conflict: The challenge to turn enmity into amity
The U.S. is seeking to expand the use of protocols agreed with China to avoid flare-ups during unexpected naval encounters to include Chinese coast guard vessels, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said. The U.S. and China have agreed to a naval code of conduct that is “working quite well,” Admiral Scott Swift said on a conference call from Kuala Lumpur. “The U.S. is interested in expanding this mechanism to the Chinese coast guard, as well.” Including China’s so-called white-hulled fleet would be recognition of the role the coast guard plays in executing China’s foreign policy. It’s the world’s largest deep-water coast guard, according Ryan Martinson, a researcher at the China Maritime Studies Institute of the U.S. Naval War College. China has been using its coast guard to help enforce its claims to more than 80 percent of the South China Sea. China has reclaimed more than 2,900 acres of land to expand seven of its eight outposts in … [Read more...] about U.S. seeks to expand China Navy code to Coast Guard, Swift says