Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekly News 4/8-10/8


-(Vietnamnet 8/8) Vietnam decries China’s illegal activities on Paracel islands: Vietnam has repeatedly asserted its undisputable sovereignty over the two archipelagoes- Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly). –(VOV 8/8) ASEAN to deliberate maritime security and safety in East Sea
-(Reuters 8/8) U.S. to press South China Sea freeze despite China rejection: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, at a meeting with Southeast Asian nations this weekend, will press for a voluntary freeze on actions aggravating territorial disputes in the South China Sea, in spite of Beijing's rejection of the idea. –(Vietnamplus 7/8) ASEAN senior officials agree on AMM-47 agenda
-(Kyodo News 7/8) ASEAN to call for action to reduce tension in the South China Sea: Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will call for "determined actions" to reduce the mounting tensions in the South China Sea, saying recent incidents have strained relations among countries, increased levels of mistrust, and heightened the dangers of unintended conflict in the region, ASEAN diplomats said here Thursday.
-(The Wall Street Journal 6/8) Indian Warship Visiting Vietnam on 'Goodwill Trip’: An Indian warship is to take part in exercises with the Vietnamese navy this week in the tense waters of the South China Sea, where maritime disputes between China and its neighbors have intensified.
-(PhilStar 6/8) Japan: China to be more aggressive in South China Sea: China is likely to further expand intensify its presence in disputed areas of the East China and South China seas as well as the Pacific Ocean, Japan believes.
-(Vietnamplus 6/8) Scholars raise eyebrow over China’s South China Sea ambition: Officials and scholars spoke out against China’s ambition to occupy the entire South China Sea via its groundless “nine-dash line” claim at a workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 5.
-(VOA News 5/8) ASEAN ministers to discuss South China Sea, other issues: Foreign ministers of Southeast Asian countries, as well as those from the U.S., China and other nations, are gathering in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw this week for two key meetings, including the 27-member regional security forum. -(Reuters 5/8) U.S. to press South China Sea freeze despite China rejection
-(Reuters 5/8) Philippines sentences 12 Chinese fishermen to jail: A Philippine court on Tuesday found 12 Chinese fishermen guilty of illegal fishing in Philippine waters, sending them to jail for six to 12 years, the first convictions since tension between the neighbors flared over rival claims in the South China Sea.
-(Malay Mail Online 5/8) Japan warns China over ‘dangerous acts’ in South China Sea: Japan warned today that China’s “dangerous acts” over territorial claims in the East China Sea could lead to “unintended consequences” in the region, as fears grow of a potential military clash.
-(Global Post 5/8) Taiwan's Ma urges peaceful resolution to East, South China sea disputes: Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou urged all parties concerned Tuesday to peacefully resolve territorial disputes in the East and South China seas in marking the second anniversary of the East China Sea Peace Initiative he proposed two years ago.
-(National Interest 5/8) China’s Epic Fail in the South China Sea: Whatever Beijing hoped to achieve with the deployment of HS-981—oil, territorial advantage or long-term strategic gain—didn’t work out.
-(Reuters 4/8) China says can build what it wants on South China Sea isles: China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there.
-(Channel NewsAsia 4/8) Philippines says China sea action plan gaining support: The Philippines said Monday (August 4) it has won support from Vietnam, Indonesia and Brunei for a plan to ease tensions in the South China Sea which it intends to present at a regional meeting this week.
-(Foreign Policy 4/8) It's Not About the Oil -- It's About the Tiny Rocks: What everyone gets wrong about Beijing's bullying in the South China Sea.
-(Tuoitre 2/8) Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Force vessels to be equipped with weapons: All ships under the management of the Vietnam Fisheries Surveillance Force will be equipped with weapons starting September 15, according to a newly-issued government decree. –(Vietnamplus 2/8) Quang Nam fishermen equipped with communication devices
-(Global Research 2/8) Influential Washington Think Tank Pushes US War Drive in the South China Sea: In the new report, the CSIS is laying out an even more aggressive agenda for Washington, with two basic thrusts: establishing the legal pretext for rejecting Beijing’s claim to the South China Sea, and escalating the US military presence in the region.
-(Manila Bulletin 2/8) PH to tackle 3-point action plan on sea dispute: The Philippines will formally discuss with fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states its proposal that it hopes will address the escalating tensions in the South China Sea during meetings of the regional block this month in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. -(People’s Daily 2/8) China Should Uphold International Law to Win Support from Regional States
-(The Wall Street Journal 1/8) China Expands Offshore Oil Fleet for Contested Waters: China is accelerating the expansion of its offshore oil fleet—and adding coast guard vessels to protect it—as it ventures farther into the sea for energy resources, threatening more altercations with neighbors.

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