In late October, 2015, the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Tribunal issued the Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility in the Philippines-China arbitration case. The panel of five judges unanimously ruled that among the 15 specific submissions for redress presented by Manila, the Tribunal does have jurisdiction with respect to the matter raised in seven of the submissions, and the jurisdiction over the remaining eight submissions will be determined together with merits.
The Chinese government should make clear its commitment to international obligations under international law to the world community. I believe that the stance of the Chinese government will remain unchanged and unaffected.
After North Korea conducted the fourth nuclear test and satellite launch earlier this year, the UN Security Council adopted in March the Resolution 2270 that imposed the toughest ever sanctions on Pyongyang.
Tensions are rising in Northeast Asia in the wake of North Korea's provocations, including the fourth nuclear test and satellite launch.
The distrust of a significant part of the US public for a deeper-connected world may be translated into concrete policies.
Pragmatism will eventually get the best of populism, and will be maintained in the US policy.
A core issue I want to emphasize is that China should first properly manage its domestic affairs such as the anti-corruption drive, reform and opening-up and the socialist path.
In a truly socialist country, people are able to enjoy the outcomes of development and hence embrace the government. The West can only resort to instigating revolts through peaceful evolution. Although many people now refuse to talk about peaceful evolution, its prevention remains critical to socialist countries as otherwise the color revolution won’t be warded off. It deserves attention.
Both Tokyo and Beijing would benefit from avoiding a cycle of action-reaction in their respective defense planning. The challenge is how to define a new type of major power relationship between Tokyo and Beijing.
It seems that the only choice left for Japan is to correctly understand the current developments and correct its mistakes. It is not too late to get back on the right track.
There has been much debate on whether China should offer help to Russia, which has been beset by economic difficulties.
The recent plunge of the Russian ruble came as a result of multiple combined factors.
As for the construction of a legal system, China has accumulated rich experiences from its three decades of reform and opening-up. These experiences better apply to developing countries than the rules set by the West.
The That Luang Lake development leads the white elephant herd. But in Laos, it, like other similar developments, will go ahead, having backing from government elites. One wonders when they fail, who will foot the bill?
The “win-win” model is good, but not always feasible. In the case of serous frustrations, a “lose-lose” model can be easily mentioned. But “lose-lose” can be used only as a threat, hopefully not put into practice.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting the US at the moment. One of the missions of leaders on both sides is to assure the world that they can find ways to coexist peacefully and to cooperate to build a better world together. Their efforts deserve the blessing of all peace-loving people.
Rather than the nationalism and jingoism of the past, the role of media in India was different this time. The Indian media highlighted the issue of this conflict, reporting it as breaking news until change was made.
Regardless of the motivations, there have been suggestions that the Indian media spurred its government to act and served as an information source in an opaque environment. This characterization, however, needs to be carefully assessed. There is a case to be made for the ability of the media to pressure the government into taking a stronger stand, but there are costs to such an approach. Media reports rapidly crossed from fact into speculation and spin.