Law of the Sea

Xi Jinping personally behind island-building in the South China Sea (South China Morning Post, 28 July 2017)

Xi Jinping personally behind island-building in the South China Sea (South China Morning Post, 28 July 2017) An editorial in Study Times – put out by the Central Party School, the Communist Party’s top academy – was the latest to lavish praise on Xi for his tough stance on territorial issues with the country’s Asian neighbours. “[President…

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China, ASEAN countries agree on COC framework (Xinhua, 18 May 2015)

China, ASEAN countries agree on COC framework (Xinhua, 18 May 2015) Senior officials from China and ASEAN countries have agreed on a framework for the Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea. The consensus came during the 14th senior officials’ meeting on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties…

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ASEAN hopes up on code of conduct (Inquirer, 19 April 2017)

ASEAN hopes up on code of conduct (Inquirer, 19 April 2017) China’s positive view of a code of conduct for claimants in the South China Sea will work toward successful negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on maintaining order in the disputed waterway, Acting Foreign Secretary Enrique Manalo said. Speaking at the Meet Inquirer…

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Philippines needs clarity on China ties before lifting South China Sea exploration halt: Minister (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2017)

Philippines needs clarity on China ties before lifting South China Sea exploration halt: Minister (Channel News Asia, 27 February 2017) The Philippines is waiting for clarity on its relations with China before lifting a suspension on exploration in disputed areas in the South China Sea, its energy minister said. It is being studied whether it…

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ASEAN considers tribunal’s verdict on South China Sea ‘legal and binding’: Barack Obama (Indian Express, 9 September 2016)

ASEAN considers tribunal’s verdict on South China Sea ‘legal and binding’: Barack Obama (Indian Express, 9 September 2016) In an apparent warning to China, US President Barack Obama has said all ASEAN members agreed that Beijing should uphold the verdict of The Hague arbitration tribunal on the South China Sea dispute with the Philippines as it is “legal…

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Tribunal ruling a game changer (Straits Times, 14 July 2016)

Tribunal ruling a game changer (Straits Times, 14 July 2016) The final award in the Philippines versus China arbitration was the most anticipated decision of any international court or tribunal in the area of the law of the sea since the entry into force of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the…

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