South China Sea

Beijing praises Cambodia's efforts to limit discussions on South China Sea

ASEAN and its partners including China, Australia, India, South Korea, Japan and New Zealand on Tuesday launched negotiations for the RCEP. Photo: Xinhua

China on Tuesday defended Cambodia's controversial bid to limit international discussions of South China Sea tensions, with a Foreign Ministry spokesman praising Phnom Penh for trying to "safeguard Asean unity".

Wednesday, 21 November, 2012, 1:40pm

Code of conduct for South China Sea can defuse time bomb

US President Barack Obama (right) talks to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh. With domestic politics now out the way, China and the US have shifted their attention back to the Asean geopolitical chessboard. Photo: AFP

The curtains of domestic politics have barely come down and the United States and China have already shifted their attention back to the Asean geopolitical chessboard in their battle for influence over the Asia-Pacific.

21 Nov 2012 - 2:55am

South China Sea dispute wrecks Asean unity

Asean members stumble in quest for unity again. Photo: EPA

Asean unity yet again lay in tatters last night – thwarting a Chinese-backed effort to keep South China Sea territorial disputes off the agenda of today’s international leaders’ summit in Cambodia.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:04am

Islands row off the agenda at East Asia summit

US President Barack Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at a press conference in Bangkok yesterday. Photo: AFP

Asean leaders yesterday moved to limit their discussions of tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea - a move which could keep the issue off the agenda just as US President Barack Obama arrives in Phnom Penh to intensify Washington's push back to Asia.

19 Nov 2012 - 2:32pm

Asean summit unlikely to seal code of conduct with China

Cambodian paramilitary officers stand guard at Phnom Penh International Airport as the country hosts the 21st Asean summit.Photo: EPA

This week's gathering of regional leaders in Cambodia won't witness a breakdown in talks between foreign ministers over the South China Sea, as happened at their last meeting in July, but nor is it likely to see agreement on the issue.

18 Nov 2012 - 2:31am

Asean seeks to heal South China Sea territorial rift

Cambodian securities personnel stand guard at Phnom Penh International Airport ahead of the 21st of Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit on Saturday. Photo: AP

Southeast Asian foreign ministers sought on Saturday to heal a rift over territorial rows involving China, aiming to build unity ahead of a leaders’ summit.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:15pm

Philippines urges China to discuss code on South China Sea

President Aquino is keen for China to talk. Photo: EPA

Philippine President Benigno Aquino will urge China to start negotiations on a set of rules to avoid conflict in the South China Sea during a regional summit next week, a government official said.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

China to ramp up development on disputed Paracel island

China's Sansha, the "capital" city of Yongxing, one of the Paracel islands also claimed neighbouring countries. Photo: AFP

China is to ramp up development on a disputed South China Sea island, a local government chief has said, in a move likely to stoke a growing territorial row with its neighbours.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China should become ‘maritime power’, Hu Jintao says

President Hu Jintao inspects the navy on aircraft carrier Liaoning at a naval base in Dalian in September. Photo: AP

China on Thursday stressed its intention to become a “maritime power” in line with its economic clout, as US President Barack Obama prepares to return to Asia amid regional anxiety at Beijing’s rise.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Rant: works in progress

Illustration: Henrik Drescher

Sixteen-year-olds in the United States can hold a driver's licence, and in Germany they can legally buy wine and beer.

10 Nov 2012 - 11:31pm

Cambodia's chance to quiet doubts about its role in Asean

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking at the opening of an Asean Symposium in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 30, 2012. Photo: Xinhua

Cambodia will fulfil its last major obligation as this year's Asean chair this month when it hosts the annual Asean Summit and the seventh East Asia Summit.

7 Nov 2012 - 1:59am

Philippines pushes sea row at Asia-Europe summit

Philippines' President Benigno Aquino smiles upon his arrival at Wattay airport to attend the ninth Asia- Europe summit in Vientiane on Sunbday. Photo: AFP

The Philippines on Monday pushed its call for an international solution to overlapping claims in the South China Sea at an Asia-Europe summit, saying vital global shipping lanes were at stake.

5 Nov 2012 - 6:29pm

Major development plan for Woody Island unveiled

Sansha city on Woody Island. Photo: AFP

Beijing will spend more than 10 billion yuan (HK$12.3 billion) to upgrade military and civilian infrastructure at its settlement on Woody Island, a move likely to irk countries with competing claims in the surrounding South China Sea.

4 Nov 2012 - 4:14am 1 comment

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20 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

Chinese minister to start talks with Philippines over disputed island

Vice-Foreign Minister Fu Ying. Photo: AFP

Vice-Foreign Minister Fu Ying will arrive in Manila today for talks on the territorial dispute over Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea, amid rising tension between Beijing and Tokyo over another dispute in the East China Sea.

19 Oct 2012 - 1:59pm 2 comments