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  1. Birth of Sansha city signals death of diplomacy in South China Sea dispute

    Posted Aug 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... The island is now officially home to a bona fide Chinese prefectural city- albeit an unusually small and isolated one- as well as two military bases. About 1,000 Chinese citizens were already ... little difference, except to the lives of the Chinese troops and officials unlucky enough to be dispatched to this brackish backwater of the Chinese cosmos. Yongxing is just too small and too ...

  2. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Manila's action over South China Sea could risk aggravating disputes

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... Rosario summoned Chinese ambassador Ma Keqing on Tuesday to announce that Manila was taking Beijing's sovereignty claim to United Nations arbitration without its consent, he set the stage ... Sea and their adjacent waters and its view that disputes over them must be settled in one-on-one talks. Chinese scholars say the Philippines should be extremely careful about launching ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Legal route to resolve South China Sea dispute a political minefield

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by SIMON TAY

    ... be affected. Manila's legal move must therefore be seen in a broader political context. Some Chinese will suspect a conspiracy or concert against them. The United States' rebalancing ... from Tokyo. It is therefore for the better that steps be taken to stabilise relations. The new Chinese Communist Party chief, Xi Jinping, has called for co-operation to handle ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    South China Sea code of conduct between Asean and China in peril

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... by Asean claimants looking with alarm at Chinese assertiveness. Amid such backroom tensions, Manila's gambit may allow China to further delay talks by insisting the time simply isn't ripe. Filipino officials insist they are still committed to the Asean track but say being backed into a corner after 18 years of bilateral diplomacy with Beijing over the sea issue has only ...

  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Japan pursues diplomatic offensive in Philippines visit

    Posted Jan 11th 2013, 12:00am by Raissa Robles

    ... and Scarborough Shoal, which is known as Huangyan Island in China. Earlier this week, del Rosario said Manila asked Beijing to explain the recent deployment of Chinese patrol vessels to the region. ...


    China warns US not to take sides in territorial disputes

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am by Teddy Ng

    ... arrived to press Chinese leaders to accept a road map for dealings with claimant states. The statement by the Foreign Ministry, which followed remarks by Clinton on Monday in which she cautioned ... that Chinese leaders should accept the proposed code of conduct in time for the East Asia Summit in November. Beijing, which prefers to handle disputes with claimant states one on one, has shown little ...


    Manila sends special envoy to Beijing over sea dispute

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... the countries' competing claims in the South China Sea but a tentative meeting did not happen. "The president has given his approval to Secretary Roxas to relay to the [Chinese] vice-president what ... in April when vessels from the two countries became engaged in a stand-off in Scarborough Shoal, known as Huangyan Island in Chinese. ...

  8. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    China urges Philippines to mend relations after island row

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... TIES AFTER ROW Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping has told a visiting Philippine envoy that he hopes ties hurt by a territorial row can recover, Xinhua said yesterday. Vice-President Xi told ... came after Aquino failed to secure a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) meeting in Russia earlier this month. China claims sovereignty ...

  9. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila open to allowing PLA Navy to visit its bases, says defence chief

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by ALAN ROBLES AND AGENCIES

    ... Alan Robles in Manila Manila open to allowing PLA ships to visit Manila would not rule out allowing Chinese naval ships to call on the country's bases, including a planned defence ... after a tense stand-off last year. Many foreign ships visit our ports and we welcome them, that is part of military diplomacy Armed Forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista "Many ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China must leave its foreign policy to the experts

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 12:00am by LANXIN XIANG

    ... Lanxin Xiang Lanxin Xiang says China’s diplomacy must be conducted by those with strategic vision, rather than the technocrats who have fumbled over the past decade, to set a policy ... strong network of allies and friends without alienating the Chinese. The biggest challenge facing the new Chinese leadership in the region is how to repair relations with China's neighbours, ...




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