Ding Duo

Ding Duo

Ding Duo is an associate research fellow at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS). His research interests include general theory of public international law, international law of the sea, and South China Sea issues. Ding obtained his Master's and PhD in Law from Yonsei University, Korea.

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Opinion | On South China Sea, Japan should not play a disruptive role

The joint statement after the meeting of Japanese and Philippine ministers is an example of Japan’s attempts to exert influence over the South China Sea issue, although it is not a party to the dispute. Japan should take a constructive stance instead of cooperating with the US to promote bloc-based division.

The joint statement after the meeting of Japanese and Philippine ministers is an example of Japan’s attempts to exert influence over the South China Sea issue, although it is not a party to the dispute. Japan should take a constructive stance instead of cooperating with the US to promote bloc-based division.

14 Apr 2022 - 7:30AM
Opinion | For South China Sea disputes to be resolved amicably, US must get out of the way

The latest State Department report is yet another attempt by the US – which is neither a party to the disputes nor to the international treaty that governs the contested waters – to steer the outcome of negotiations between China and Southeast Asian claimants.

The latest State Department report is yet another attempt by the US – which is neither a party to the disputes nor to the international treaty that governs the contested waters – to steer the outcome of negotiations between China and Southeast Asian claimants.

18 Jan 2022 - 8:45AM
Opinion | Japan’s diplomatic note on the South China Sea shows its self-interest at play

The timing of Tokyo’s note verbale, on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president, is a signal of support for its ally – but stops short of passing comment on the validity of Beijing’s territorial claims.

The timing of Tokyo’s note verbale, on the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration as US president, is a signal of support for its ally – but stops short of passing comment on the validity of Beijing’s territorial claims.

25 Jan 2021 - 12:00PM
Opinion | On South China Sea, expect more of the same from US President Joe Biden

The incoming US president may be more multilateralist than his predecessor, but he remains tied to his past positions – and Trump’s legacy of confrontation.

The incoming US president may be more multilateralist than his predecessor, but he remains tied to his past positions – and Trump’s legacy of confrontation.

8 Dec 2020 - 6:23AM
Opinion | As relations with Beijing sour, what’s behind Australia’s tougher stance on the South China Sea?

Canberra’s recent rejection of Beijing’s South China Sea claims appears to be based more on its efforts to maintain a US-led regional order, given that Sino-Australia relations have been experiencing an unprecedented cold snap.

Canberra’s recent rejection of Beijing’s South China Sea claims appears to be based more on its efforts to maintain a US-led regional order, given that Sino-Australia relations have been experiencing an unprecedented cold snap.

3 Aug 2020 - 9:52AM
Opinion | Washington’s double standards clear as it wades into South China Sea dispute

The US is not a party to territorial disputes in the region. By supporting claimant states, it is merely opening up a new battlefront in the US-China rivalry.

The US is not a party to territorial disputes in the region. By supporting claimant states, it is merely opening up a new battlefront in the US-China rivalry.

18 Jul 2020 - 5:57AM
Opinion | In disputed South China Sea, Asean claimant states are neither friends nor foes

Despite a shared rival in China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia have separate issues of sovereignty and territorial rights that make the issue deadlocked.

Despite a shared rival in China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia have separate issues of sovereignty and territorial rights that make the issue deadlocked.

18 Mar 2020 - 7:25AM
Opinion | China and Indonesia can find common ground over a shared interest: fishing

Chinese vessels’ activities off Borneo relate not to Indonesia’s Natuna Islands but to the Spratly archipelago, claimed by Beijing.

Chinese vessels’ activities off Borneo relate not to Indonesia’s Natuna Islands but to the Spratly archipelago, claimed by Beijing.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:13PM