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  1. News - Asia - SEA DISPUTES

    Chinese fishing boat runs aground in Philippines reef

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:15pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila A Chinese fishing boat has run aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines, roughly 1,600 kilometres from China’s nearest major ... by authorities. Balilo said Chinese fishermen frequently strayed into Philippine waters, but this was the first time in recent years that they had been detected as far south as Tubbataha. The grounding ...

  2. News - China - DEFENCE: ANALYSIS

    PLA officers turn on the charm at regional security forum in Singapore

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 01:17pm by Reuters

    ... in the Chinese delegation. "Last year China had a very, very small contingent, a relatively junior-ranking contingent. This year they came in force … and have been very active in the panels ... Reuters in Singapore China's delegates at regional security forum show a new sense of openness, urging co-operation and discussion PLA officers turn on the charm Senior Chinese ...

  3. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Beijing looks like a 'bully' by rejecting arbitration on South China Sea issue

    Posted May 25th 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... a leading US expert on Chinese law said this week. In January, the Philippines challenged the validity of China's nine-dash line- which defines its claim to a sea area that stretches hundreds ... more reasonable" if it had presented its arguments to the panel because it would have been seen to be honouring its obligation to comply with treaty provisions, he said. Cohen said ...

  4. News - Asia

    China rejects Philippine UN mediation effort

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 11:28pm by Associated Press

    ... conflicting claims to a tribunal operating under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It wants the panel to declare Beijing’s moves in the potentially oil-rich waters unlawful. ... could choose to ignore the ruling. Six governments have overlapping claims in the South China Sea. China claims sovereignty over virtually all of it. Chinese paramilitary ships confronted ...

  5. News - Asia - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon makes a rare intervention in South China Sea row

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... known as Huangyan Island in Chinese, and Chinese ships are now stationed in the area over the Philippines' objections. The outcome of such a panel- if it agrees to hear the Philippines ... if need be. Ban's comments came hours after the Philippines launched an unprecedented move to force China to a UN arbitration panel over the legality of its nine-dash line- the basis ...

  6. News - China - BRIEFS

    Briefs, January 27, 2013

    Posted Jan 27th 2013, 12:00am by WIRE

    ... told the Davos forum yesterday. Zhang Xiaoqiang, a deputy director of China's National Development and Reform Commission, said at the World Economic Forum meeting panel discussion that the whole world would benefit if China completed its development programme. "I think that the new leader of the Chinese government and the Communist Party has emphasised the strategic agenda ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, February 5, 2013

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... in the South China Sea to the United Nations for arbitration. You also said that Beijing had 30 days to nominate its representative to be part of a five-judge panel to hear the case and that it was unlikely Beijing would nominate a representative, and it is doubtful it would "recognise the judgment of the panel, if it is not in China's favour". Beijing's claim in the South ...

  8. News - China - SOUTH CHINA SEA

    Philippines takes China to UN over territorial dispute

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 03:59pm by AFP

    ... Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Tuesday. Del Rosario told reporters that Manila had referred Beijing to an arbitration panel under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – a 1982 treaty signed by both countries – and would ask it to declare Chinese claims in the area invalid. “The Philippines has exhausted almost all political and diplomatic avenues for a peaceful ...

  9. 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 ... on a five-judge panel. That panel must decide whether it will accept the case, a hurdle which could be difficult to clear. Official comments from Foreign Ministry and embassy spokesmen suggest Beijing ...


    Major development plan for Woody Island unveiled

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... programme would further consolidate Beijing's control of the island, known as Yongxing in Chinese, which has roughly 1,000 permanent residents. In July, the central government declared Sansha ... for fishery and maritime surveillance vessels. It also intends to build a new port, a desalination plant capable of handling 1,000 tonnes of sea water daily, a 500-kilowatt solar power station, ...




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