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US may boost interference as sea tension cools

As to the involvement of Japan and Australia in the disputes, it's not an exaggeration to describe it as the biggest mistake of the US, adding unnecessary risk to its Asia-Pacific strategy while gaining no effective support from them. Considering the trilateral statement, it's more like a fulfillment of the ambitions of Japan to project its power out of East Asia, which would only cause trouble for the US-led alliance.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/31 17:53:39

Political will, time can resolve sea conflicts

ASEAN used to be a militarily-oriented organization during the Cold War. It was wise of it to change to being economically-oriented after the Cold War ended. ASEAN should stick to this trend and focus more on trade and economic growth. It shouldn't go back to the past trajectory.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/19 17:33:01

Beijing needs to consider ASEAN members' concerns in regional affairs

It is development that most countries in Southeast Asia prioritize and in this process they want to piggyback on China's rapid growth.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/17 14:28:00

Unlawful arbitration worsens tensions in disputed fishing waters

China's response has been firm and consistent – any unlawful awards would not be accepted and has to be dismantled. Raising tensions higher is unhelpful to all parties. China still welcomes relevant claimants to join direct talks through a process of mutual benefit and concession.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/13 19:34:25

US Iraq tricks reused in tribunal award

Even though tensions might escalate after the arbitration, only maniacs would start a war between China and the US because of the South China Sea. However, all parties must exercise more restraint in the current circumstance, especially the US, which is increasingly upping the ante.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/12 17:17:25

South China Sea chaos would only add to global woes

The US has played a crucial role in exacerbating the South China Sea issue.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/12 14:27:57

Washington can't steer Manila's path

Washington's intention to play an active role in Southeast Asia's security and economy is understandable, but it cannot make decisions for Manila.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/11 22:38:00

Tribunal award could impair UNCLOS

The Philippines is the initiator of the Arbitration. It's very important to see how its new government will deal with the negative legacy of the previous government. Facing with a multiple of choices, the best approach for the new government is to withdraw the case and return to the diplomatic approach to settle disputes with China through negotiations. This will be in the long-term interest of both countries and peoples.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/11 20:58:00

South China Sea arbitration to have negative impact on international rule of law: experts

Some 30 international law experts gathered at Hague on Sunday for a seminar in which many have voiced their doubts and concerns over the negative impact that the South China Sea arbitration will bring to the rule of law at the international level.
Source: People's Daily | 2016/7/11 16:47:59

Denouncing UNCLOS remains option for China after tribunal ruling

For many years, the People's Republic of China has been a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Recently, however, China's experience has been that the Convention and, in particular, its provisions on compulsory dispute settlement, may be exploited by other states for political reasons.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/8 17:29:10

South China Sea issue must cool down

The following is the full text of a speech delivered by former State councilor Dai Bingguo at China-US Dialogue on South China Sea between Chinese and US think tanks on Tuesday in Washington.
Source: Globaltimes.cn | 2016/7/6 16:35:00

US, China can adapt to each other

It will be the largest challenge for China and the US to avoid the Thucydides Trap.
Source: Global Times | 2016/7/6 0:08:00

South China Sea verdict could be further politically exploited

On June 29, the Permanent Court of Arbitration announced that the award of the South China Sea (SCS) Arbitration initiated by the Philippines against China will be issued on July 12.
Source: Global Times | 2016/6/30 21:48:00

The Tribunal's Award in the 'South China Sea Arbitration' Initiated by the Philippines Is Null and Void

The Chinese Society of International Law is of the view that having jurisdiction over the claims is a prerequisite for the Tribunal to initiate its proceedings on merits, and a basis for the validity of any final decisions.
Source: People's Daily Online | 2016/6/13 17:29:17

'Trust' missing piece in S.China Sea puzzle

The South China Sea issue was a heated topic at the 15th Shangri-La Dialogue, which wrapped up on Sunday in Singapore.
Source: Global Times | 2016/6/7 20:08:01

Ambiguity helpful in S.China Sea disputes

Recent years have seen increasing wrestling, both overt and covert, around the South China Sea disputes. With the US moving out of shadows into the spotlight, the tension between Beijing and Washington exacerbates.
Source: Global Times | 2016/4/14 20:58:01

Beijing has case for 'historic rights' at sea

It is equally erroneous on the part of Manila and Washington to claim that from a procedural standpoint the UNCLOS is comprehensive in scope and that Beijing cannot derogate from the Convention's provisions on such matters by claiming “historic rights” under a separate head of general international law.
Source: Global Times | 2016/3/10 23:18:02

Obama raises S.China Sea tensions to consolidate diplomatic legacy

Countries sincerely hoping for peace do not want to see this. What about the US?
Source: Global Times | 2016/3/9 23:53:01