Why Vietnam highly values its relations with Singapore

In September 2011, Truong Tan Sang made Singapore and Malaysia the destinations of his maiden overseas trip as Vietnam’s Head of State. Five years later, incumbent president Tran Dai Quang followed suit by choosing to visit two fellow ASEAN members, Brunei… Read More › sci tech news

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Obama urges China to stop flexing muscles over South China Sea: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China needs to be a more responsible power as it gains global influence and avoid flexing its muscles in disputes with smaller countries over issues like the South China Sea, U.S. President Barack Obama told CNN in… Read More › sci tech news

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The only way to solve South China Sea showdown

(From The National Interest) Despite the old adage that “good fences make good neighbors”, sometimes it is impossible, for a variety of reasons, to build good ‘fences’ in the sea. This is certainly the case in the South China Sea,… Read More ›
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RAND’s ‘Unthinkable’ war with China

A new study by the RAND Corporation for US Army presents questionable assumptions while examining a possible long and severe or short US-China war. In a sinister way, it focuses on the military and economic losses and costs and ignores the tragic… Read More ›
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China appears to be more aggressive after the South China Sea ruling

A series of recent statements and moves from China shows it has become more antagonistic after the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) July 12 ruling that invalidated many of the rising superpower’s claims and actions in the South China Sea…. Read More ›
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ASEAN is fading into irrelevance

Ideally, ASEAN should mediate disputes between its members and China over the South China Sea. The grouping not only failed in this but is not even providing moral support to its member states. Its silence on the historic Hague ruling rejecting… Read More ›
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China court warns against illegal fishing in riposte to South China Sea ruling

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Supreme Court said on Tuesday that people caught illegally fishing in Chinese waters could be jailed for up to a year, issuing a judicial interpretation defining those waters as including China’s exclusive economic zones. An arbitration… Read More ›
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Will China’s realpolitik prevail in sea row?

As ASEAN meetings kick off in Vientiane from July 23, Beijing may pressure the host Laos and its other ally Cambodia to prevent any strong statements on the South China Sea disputes and the landmark ruling by the Hague tribunal. Such pressure… Read More ›
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Taiwan fishermen set sail for disputed South China Sea ‘island’

By Damon Lin PINGTUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) – Five Taiwanese fishing boats set sail for Taiwan’s sole holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in protest against a court ruling that deems it a rock rather than an island, limiting… Read More › Syndicated from Asia Times

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Discord over South China Sea clouds Asia-Europe summit

By Sue-Lin Wong and Terrence Edwards ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) – A key summit between Asian and European leaders in Mongolia ended on Saturday without direct mention of the South China Sea dispute in its closing statement, with diplomats describing intense discord… Read More ›
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