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?
Beijing said last week two American warships sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea without permission, prompting the Chinese Navy to ask them to leave. The ships entered waters adjacent to Gaven and Chigua reefs in the Spratly Islands, which Beijing calls Nansha, on May 6, China's foreign ministry said. Speaking on the sidelines of a maritime security conference in Singapore, Admiral John Richardson said Washington will continue such operations which are aimed at ensuring freedom of navigation. The U.S. will however ensure that communications with Beijing remain open to prevent any untoward incidents, he added. "I really value the channel of communication that I have with Shen Jinlong," he told reporters, referring to his Chinese counterpart. "We just recently visited China, we had a chance to get to know each other, understand each other more thoroughly. "We can continue to advocate that while we may not see things the same in all parts of the world, we've got to work … [Read more...] about US navy chief does not want China tensions to ‘boil over’
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
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam would remain consistent in its policies regarding the South China Sea, which seek to respect international law, especially UNCLOS 1982, as well as welcome and promote initiatives for the maintenance of peace and stability in the area. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh made the remarks yesterday during a press conference in Hà Nội to discuss diplomatic activities of Việt Nam in 2018 and orientations for 2019. Noting that the “East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) is a common concern and actions that could give way to conflicts and incidents must be avoided,” the Vietnamese diplomat said any incident in the South China Sea would have implications for freedom of maritime trade and navigation as well as security and order in the region. Foreign minister Minh said 2018 was a year of complex developments due to aggressive efforts to upset the … [Read more...] about East Sea issue in the spotlight during press meeting