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Weekly News 30 May - 6 June

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Shangri-La Dialogue 2011:

-Keynote Address- Prime Minister of Malyasia Abdul Razak: need code of conduct between ASEAN and China.

- Speech by General Phung Quang Thanh: Vietnam exercised patience in May incident when cable cut in S.China Sea, hopes won't be repeated; need code of conduct between ASEAN and China.

- Summary of fifth session on "Responding to New Maritime Security Threats": Navigating maritime disputes in Southeast Asia

- Financial Times (4/6) US warns over tension in South China Sea: Robert Gates, US defence secretary, on Saturday warned that there were increasing concerns about recent Chinese provocations in the South China Sea and other disputed waters in Asia.

- CNN (4/6) Robert Gates warns of possible clashes in the South China Sea: "Without rules of the road, without agreed approaches to deal with these problems, then there will be clashes. I think that serves nobody's interest," 

- (Bloomberg 4/6): China Reassures Its Neighbors After Clashes Over Claims in South China Sea. “China is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Minister Liang Guanglie toldl; What to Watch for At the Upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue

- (Inquirer 4/6) Philippines accuses China of ‘serious violations’ in South China Sea

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Weekly News 23 - 30 May

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- (Reuters 27/5) UPDATE 1-Vietnam says Chinese boats harassed oil exploration ship; (AP 27/5) Vietnam accuses China of threatening boat researching oil-drilling sites in South China Sea; (Forbes 27/5) Vietnam accuses China of violating sovereignty; (Upstream 27/5) Chinese boats 'harass' Vietnam oil ship; (Financial Times 27/5) Vietnam and China oil clashes intensify - “China is brazenly asserting its sovereignty by such actions and it has the preponderance of vessels to enforce this,”, Carl Thayer, an expert on the South China Sea at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra

- (Platts 26/5) CNOOC offers 19 offshore South China Sea blocks for joint exploration - 12 blocks in the east area of South China Sea, and seven blocks in the west area of the South China Sea, according to the notice published on Tuesday.

- (East Asia Forum 25/5) Taiwan on the fence as South China Sea tensions mount - Taiwan’s South China Sea policy is a balancing act, seeking to protect its interests there while continuing to avoid antagonizing China or the United States and its allies

- (Xinhua 25/5) China discusses South China Sea issue with Indonesia, Philippines during Defense Minister's visit

- (Inquirer 25/5) Aquino warns of arms race - President Benigno Aquino III has warned Chinese Defense Minister Liang Gianglie

- (PhilStar 26/5) The Spratly issue

- (CriEnglish 26/5) China Establishes Cyber PLA - China's Defense Ministry has now revealed that the PLA has established a "cyber blue team" to better safeguard the Internet security of the armed forces.

- (ABS-CBN 25/5) FVR pushes for 'hard bargaining' with China - Former President Fidel V. Ramos warned yesterday against raising tensions in the South China Sea and urged President Aquino to be more consistent in his dealings with China and the United States.

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Weekly News 16 - 23 May

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- (Jakarta Post 21/5) China offers ASEAN joint effort to counter piracy

- (Jakarta Post 20/5) Defense chiefs push for South China Sea rules - “This is the first time the South China Sea issue has been raised by the defense ministries. It was previously considered a sensitive issue and was avoided,” Col. Jan Pieter Ate, a special assistant to the Indonesian Defense Minister, said after the meeting;  China plays down severity of South China Sea issues

- (AFP/Asiaone 19/5) Vietnam says sailors shot in South China Sea - Relatives of the sailors told police that the shooters wore uniforms of the Philippines but a military spokesman in Manila said there were no reports of incidents in the Spratlys.

- (Inquirer 20/5) Chinese jets intruded into PH space–AFP - The Armed Forces on Thursday said it was validating reports that Chinese jet fighters had entered the country’s airspace around the disputed Spratly chain near Palawan

- (Breitbart 18/5) Chair amends ASEAN Summit's S. China Sea statement at Vietnam behest+

- (The Diplomat 18/5) Welcome to the ASEAN VillageCarden is faced with a lingering issue that threatens long-term peace and stability in Southeast Asia, and means resolution of the South China Sea dispute is going to have to be one of his main diplomatic objectives; Putting Eyes on China’s Carrier

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Weekly News 9 - 16 May

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- (RSIS Commentary 75/2011) Robert Beckman, Islands or Rocks? Evolving Dispute in South China Sea

- (Straits Times 12/5) Hanoi rebuffs China comments on island vote - "The holding of elections in the Spratlys is the internal affair of Vietnam," and they have been conducted for many years, foreign ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga told reporters.

- (China Daily 12/5) Nations find way to cool Asia-Pacific issues - Beijing reaffirmed its commitment to the road of peaceful development and said it will not challenge US interests, according to Dai.

- (Journal Online 11/5) US bats for SCS Code of Conduct - United States Ambassador to Manila Harry Thomas Jr.

- (FreedomWar 11/5) Philippine military accuses China in sea spat

- (Jakarta Post 11/5) US to focus on East Asia now that Bin Laden is gone - Ernest Bower said

- (MOFA of ROC - Taiwan 10/5) MOFA remains firm on sovereignty over South China Sea islands

- (Manila Bulletin 10/5) FVR to PNoy: Confront US, China issues - Address issues related to the country’s relationship with the United States and China, particularly on mutual benefits from trade and investments, tourism, technology exchange, and the dispute over the Spratly Islands.

- (PhilStar 10/5) Noy holds meetings with ASEAN leaders on summit sidelines - Two leaders of Vietnam and Philippines discussed how each country could contribute to easing tensions in the area.

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Weekly News 2 - 9 May

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- (United Nations) Vietnam's Response to the Notes of Philippine and China

- (Foreign Policy 6/5) China’s America Obsession - Why Osama bin Laden's death is making Chinese leaders nervous.

- (Global Times 5/5) We want a carrier: GT poll - More than 70 percent of respondents in a Global Times survey supported the idea of the country developing its own aircraft carrier

- (Jakarta Post 5/5) ASEAN Summit security session to focus on community blueprint - The South China Sea would be discussed; Border disputes, Myanmar may eclipse ASEAN’s progress

- (Radio Australia 5/5) China takes long view South China Sea resources - An oil and gas analyst says he doesn't believe China is in any hurry to make its claim for the rich oil and gas resources of the South China Sea.

- (Focus Taiwan 5/5) Taiwan denies plan to hold anti-terror meet in South China Sea

- (Inquirer 4/5) Aquino to raise Spratlys issue in ASEAN Summit - The Department of Foreign Affairs said.

- (SunStar 4/5) US military presence will keep China in check: senatorm

- (Maritime Security Asia 4/5) Navy to practise combat situations - Navy frigates are to come under simulated attack in the South China Sea over the next two weeks as part of an exercise to strengthen security arrangements.

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Weekly News 25 April - 2 May

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- (Jakarta Post 28/4) Discourse: China’s progress contributes to prosperity, opens opportunity for ASEAN - A rare interview between The Jakarta Post’s Abdul Khalik and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on the South China Sea issue

- (Malaya 28/4) With Japan sidelined, US sees PH as filling security vacuum - The source said the US "policy on re-engagement in the Philippines" involves stepped-up efforts with the on-going modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

- (Japan Times 28/4) Beijing's troubling South China Sea policy - China's evolving energy security strategy could further complicate its relations with Southeast Asia, and with countries like Japan, the United States and South Korea that regard the South China Sea

- (Asea Sentinel 27/4) Limits of Chinese Power in Southeast Asia - The recent backlash in the South China Sea is likely to make Beijing more cautious. China's still limited military capacity provides an important explanation, since, particularly in the maritime access and security arena, the presence of the United States still serves as a significant deterrent.

- (Global Times 27/4) Premier Wen leaves for Indonesia and Malaysia - "The countries concerned should and can carry out joint development in the South China Sea. This is in the interest of peace and stability in the South China Sea. It also serves the interests of the countries concerned and all relevant parties," Wen said.

- (Channel News Asia 27/4) Engage China on rifts, says Indonesian leader - China needs to be brought into regional dialogue to ensure a peaceful resolution to tensions over the South China Sea, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said.

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Weekly News 18 - 25 April

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- (United Nations) Submission to the CLCS of Philippine on China's "9-dash line" ---->>> China's Response to Philippines' Note; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) reiterates its position on the South China Sea

- (Radio Australia News 21/4) Vietnam, China on path to settle South China Sea dispute

- (Taipei Times 22/4) Taiwan calls for mechanism to discuss disputed areas

- (IDSA 21/4) China's Aircraft Carrier: Some Observations

- (Manila Standard 20/4) Coast Guard tapped for Spratlys duties - PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III

- (New Straits Times 19/4) Talks to resolve claims over Spratlys - A meeting between Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and China's Vice-Premier Li Keqiang

- (ABS-CBN 19/4) China accuses PH of ‘invasion’; (Manila Times 19/4) Defending the Philippines’ rights to the Reed Bank - The solution is for the Philippines to assert that the Reed Bank is not part of the Spratlys’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or continental shelf; China’s ‘Two No’s Policy’ on South China Sea disputes - "no multilateral negotiations and no “internationalization”; How we should deal with China’s U-Line - we must work to become everybody’s friend. And count on collective strength, within Asean to boost our ability to defend ourselves.

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Weekly News 11 - 18 April

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- (Foreign Policy 15/4) Riding a tiger: China's resurging foreign policy aggression

- (Sun Star 17/4) Enrile calls for stronger military anew - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; (Phil Star 17/4) Phl shares China's call to resolve Spratly dispute peacefully; (Inquirer 16/4) China: Let us not quarrel over Spratlys - Chinese President Hu Jintao called Friday for Asian nations to better cooperate in security matters to avoid disagreements in a region increasingly beset by rival territorial claims—often involving China.

- (American Interest May - June 2011) Networked Asia - Competition need not lead to conflict. Washington’s greatest advantage is a set of highly capable allies. Now is the time to help them become greater than the sum of their parts.

- (Xinhua 14/4) China cannot accept Philippines' claiming sovereignty over some S China Sea islands: FM spokesman

- (Heritage Foundation 14/4) U.N. Doesn’t Give America Its “Seat at the Table” in Maritime Disputes

- (AFP 15/4) Philippines to boost Spratly patrols - The Philippine military said Friday it planned to use a new US-made vessel to boost patrols in disputed South China Sea waters, amid a flare-up in tensions with China over rival claims.; (Inquirer 15/4) PH runs to UN to protest China’s ‘9-dash line’ Spratlys claimThe protest was rather late and came a week after three Filipinos were executed in China for drug trafficking;  (United Nations) Submission to the CLCS of Philippine on China's "9-dash line";  (GMA News 13/4) PHL protests China's '9-dash line' claim over Spratlys

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Weekly News 4 -11 April

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- (Jakarta Post 10/4) RI detaines two Malaysian fishing boats; Malaysia protests RI arrest of two fishing boats

- (RSIS 8/4) India, US in East Asia: Emerging Strategic Partnership  - India and the United States are gradually emerging as strategic partners in Asia. What are the prospects of this strategic partnership for the region? 

-(New York Times 8/4) Shake-Up Could Affect Tone of U.S. Policy on China

- (Jamestown Foundation 8/4) China’s Maritime Strategy Is More Than Naval Strategy - A string of recent events bears out their assessment, suggesting both that Chinese leaders have not abandoned their ambitions in these waters and that these ambitions are apt to encounter pushback from fellow Asian sea powers.

- (Eurasia Review 8/4) China: Latest Defence White Paper: What Is New? – Analysis - For countries having territorial disputes with China, the White Paper shows that the PRC is approaching its territorial problems with other nations in the region in terms of both defence and diplomacy.

- (Chosunilbo 9/4) What China's 1st Aircraft Carrier Means for the Region

- (CNN 8/4) With eye on South China Sea, U.S. might place troops in Australia

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Weekly News 28 March - 4 April

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- (People's Daily 1/4) Fishing ban to ease problems in Pearl River - The ban covers waters in six provinces and regions, including Jiangxi, Hunan and Guangdong provinces, as well as the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

- (Wall Street Journal 1/4) Singed by the Dragon - Appeasing a rising hegemon carries a risk that one's national interest will disappear down its maw. This is a lesson the Philippines is only now beginning to learn.

- (AFP 31/3) ExxonMobil to drill off Vietnam: official media - US oil giant ExxonMobil will begin exploratory drilling off central Vietnam in late April, official media reported Thursday, potentially angering China, which has objected to similar plans in the past.

-(U.S. Department of State-Press Release 31/3) Asia Overview: Protecting American Interests in China and Asia - Kurt M. Campbell; (U.S. News 31/3) Washington Is Preparing for a Long War With China

- (Straits Times/Viet-studies 31/3) Philippines stirs waters off Spratlys - Upgrading works and gas exploration ignite latest territorial spat

- (Financial Times 31/3) China warns of military competition in Asia - “Suspicion about China, interference and countering moves against China from the outside are on the increase,” Beijing said in a key military policy document released on Thursday; (New York Times 30/3) China Hedges Over Whether South China Sea is a ‘Core Interest’ Worth War

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