It was the epithet it used while releasing a joint statement made on Thursday by Senators Jim Risch, Bob Menendez, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cory Gardner, and Edward Markey, chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, which labels China’s actions "coercion." The statement quotes Risch as saying, "Surveying operations by a state-owned Chinese vessel inside Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and the deployments of China’s Coast Guard ships are only the latest evidence of China’s willingness to use coercion to assert unlawful claims in the South China Sea." Identifying specific ways to push back China’s aggressive activities in the sea -- known in Vietnam as the East Sea -- should be treated as a priority at the U.S.’s meetings with ASEAN in Thailand this week, he said. He was referring to the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Post Ministerial Conferences and … [Read more...] about US senators slam China for South China Sea ‘coercion’
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The Hanoitimes - ASEAN must actively respond to its members’ calls on the South China Sea issues. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has not played a significant role in diffusing the heated quarrel among disputants in the South China Sea (SCS), far below what is expected from this group when dealing with a major regional security concern. Illustrative photo But in reality, regional experts argue that ASEAN has interests, responsibilities, and the ability to actively engage in the issue and contribute to the settlement of the disputes, experts said at “The 5th Ocean Dialogue: ASEAN Cooperation in the South China Sea” held on June 18 in Hanoi. ASEAN’s involvement in the South China Sea disputes ASEAN didn’t involve in the SCS, which is called the East Sea in Vietnam, until the end of the Cold War as it was not an immediate security concern of its members. No interest in antagonizing Beijing, ASEAN … [Read more...] about What is ASEAN’s role in settling South China Sea disputes?
The Hanoitimes - International analysts say Beijing`s latest move marks a new expansionary phase of populating remote features. Taiwan threatens peace in South China Sea, Vietnam says Vietnam, Philippines stand side by side in South China Sea security Vietnam demands China, Philippines to restrain in South China Sea Vietnam's top diplomat discusses South China Sea issues in Manila Vietnam has lodged a protest against China after the giant neighbor held live-fired exercises and announced plans to build a new island city and logistics base within Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands in the South China Sea. Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang. Photo: MOFA The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has made a written protest sent through the diplomatic channel, the ministry’s Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press conference on March 28. Chinese drills on March 22-24 and the building plans on … [Read more...] about Latest move in South China Sea: Vietnam strongly protests China’s live-fired drills
They said the fact that some parties to the South China Sea dispute are increasingly militarizing the area is the biggest threat to regional stability. This process is not only taking place on the sea, but under it and in the air, said experts attending a conference held in Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang late last week. Vietnam calls the South China Sea the East Sea. The conference aimed to discuss potential solutions for settling the East Sea disputes. Delegates noted that in addition to competing for marine resources like fisheries, and oil and gas, the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles is creating new legal arguments. Dr. Collin Koh Swee Lean, a research fellow at Singapore's S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said the gathering of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance has so far received little interest in comparison to other superficial activities in the process of building forces in the South China Sea. The importance of those activities … [Read more...] about Hi-tech militarization of South China Sea alarming, experts say
Participants take part in a photo session at the 10th South China Sea International Conference on co-operation for regional security and development. — VNS Photo Công Thành Viet Nam News ĐÀ NẴNG — Discussions and forums on the South China Sea (called East Sea by Việt Nam) have become sources of interdisciplinary study among scholars and researchers from the fields of politics, social policy, environment and strategy over the past decade. Director of the diplomatic academy of Việt Nam, Nguyễn Vũ Tùng, spoke at the 10th South China Sea International Conference on co-operation for regional security and development yesterday, stating that over the past 10 years, the conference has attracted the participation of 300 scholars and 2,000 Vietnamese and international participants as well as institutes and universities. “We have built up a network of scholars and experts studying the South China Sea, promoting trust … [Read more...] about South China Sea issues come under the spotlight