UPDATED: A Brief History of U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea

Over the past three years, the U.S. and China have been at odds over the status of Chinese artificial islands in the South China Sea and U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations.

The Origin of FON Ops
1979

The U.S. government initiated a Freedom of Navigation Program to contest “unilateral acts of other states designed to restrict the rights and freedom of the international community.” The program includes both maneuvers designed exclusively to challenge maritime claims the U.S. considers excessive, and operations with other purposes that incidentally challenge territorial claims. Tiếp tục đọc “UPDATED: A Brief History of U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea”

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Difficult negotiations for South China Sea code of conduct going forward: Vivian Balakrishnan

 
Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (C) walks together with other ASEAN foreign ministers for the opening ceremony of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila on Aug 5, 2017. (Photo: Bullit Marquez/Pool/AFP)

MANILA: While ASEAN and China adopting a code of conduct framework on the South China Sea is “good news”, Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan says he does not want to “trivialise how difficult negotiations will be going forward.”

ASEAN and China adopted the framework on Sunday (Aug 6), with leaders expected to announce the formal start of negotiations on the code of conduct at the ASEAN Summit in November.

“Overall, the tone was positive, the situation is calmer, although some claimant states still continue to have concerns, which were expressed and echoed in the joint communique,” Dr Balakrishnan told Singapore reporters after a day of meetings. Tiếp tục đọc “Difficult negotiations for South China Sea code of conduct going forward: Vivian Balakrishnan”

North Korea rejects UN sanctions, vows ‘action’

al jazeera Aug. 7, 2017

Punishing measures are in ‘violent violation’ of North’s sovereignty, Pyongyang says, as it rejects offers of talks.

North Korea has been conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests despite warnings [Reuters]

North Korea has come out fighting following fresh UN Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang and after the United States and South Korea celebrated the punishing measures.

North Korea on Monday condemned the sanctions imposed in response to its weapons programmes, saying it would not negotiate over nuclear arms while threatened by the US.

The sanctions passed at the weekend were a “violent violation of our sovereignty”, Pyongyang said in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency, adding it would take “righteous action” in return.

China backs UN sanctions on North Korea as ASEAN summit held

“We will not put our self-defensive nuclear deterrent on the negotiating table” while it faced threats from Washington, it said, “and will never take a single step back from strengthening our nuclear might”.

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted on Saturday a US-led resolution, which bans mineral and seafood exports from North Korea worth more than $1bn.

The triggering event late July, North Korea’s latest test of ballistic missiles, had the international community and experts concerned. Along with the North Korean government, they say the missiles can reach different parts of the US.

Top diplomats meet in Manila

Meanwhile, several Asian foreign ministers, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, are currently gathered in the Philippine capital, Manila, for an ASEAN regional summit. Tiếp tục đọc “North Korea rejects UN sanctions, vows ‘action’”

UN Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions

AL JAZREEZA Aug. 6, 2017

Security Council votes unanimously to impose new sanctions on North Korea, including banning $1bn in exports.

The UN Security Council has approved a resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programme.

The Security Council unanimously adopted on Saturday the US-led resolution, which bans mineral and seafood exports worth more than $1bn. Tiếp tục đọc “UN Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions”

CÓC CÓC CÓC

cập nhật lần cuối: Aug. 7, 2017 9:13am
 
Thông tin từ cuộc Họp các Ngoại trưởng ASEAN lần thứ 50 ở Manila, Phi Luật Tân, hồ hởi cho hay TQ đã thống nhất với ASEAN, chấp nhận khung của Code of Conduct (COC – Bộ Luật Ứng Xử ở Biển Đông), và mọi người hy vọng sẽ có thông báo về bắt đầu thảo luận và thương lượng chi tiết của COC vào cuộc Họp Thượng đỉnh ASEAN tháng 11/2017.

Đây có phải là một bước tiến đến đâu hay không, có lẽ là tùy thuộc 100% vào ASEAN muốn tiến đến đâu. Nhưng nếu phải đợi TQ, thì bước tiến có khả năng là zero hay dấu âm. Tiếp tục đọc “CÓC CÓC CÓC”

China demands India remove troops from disputed border region

Beijing’s foreign ministry claims India has been building up forces and repairing roads along its side of the border near Bhutan

Chinese and Indian soldiers at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India’s north-eastern Sikkim state.
Chinese and Indian soldiers at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China in India’s north-eastern Sikkim state. Photograph: Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images

China has demanded India immediately remove troops from the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in the remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Tiếp tục đọc “China demands India remove troops from disputed border region”

Myanmar: Government dismisses claims of abuse against Rohingya

al jazeera

State-backed commission rejects UN report of mass killings and systematic rape of Muslim minority by security forces.

Hundreds have been killed in violence across the Muslim-minority Rakhine state since October [File: Simon Lewis/Reuters]

A government-appointed commission has cleared Myanmar security forces of systematic rape, murder and arson against Rohingya Muslims, dismissing UN allegations of widespread abuses during a recent crackdown. Tiếp tục đọc “Myanmar: Government dismisses claims of abuse against Rohingya”

US, South Korea laud new UN sanctions on Pyongyang

al jazeera

Fresh UN sanctions come amid ASEAN meeting, where Chinese minister is urging North Korean official to abide by measures.

The United States, China, Japan and South Korea have all welcomed tough new UN sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday praised the approval of new UN sanctions agreed a day earlier, calling the move a “very good outcome.” Tiếp tục đọc “US, South Korea laud new UN sanctions on Pyongyang”

ASEAN foreign ministers pass framework agreement for COC in East Vietnam Sea

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The decision may be a good sign for the upcoming negotiation between ASEAN and China

August 06,2017, 13:54 GMT+7

​ASEAN foreign ministers pass framework agreement for COC in East Vietnam Sea
Foreign ministers join hands for a family photo during the opening ceremony of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum (ARF) meeting in Manila on August 5, 2017. Photo: Reuters
Foreign ministers from ASEAN member nations have achieved consensus on a framework agreement for a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Vietnam Sea.The agreement was reached during the opening date of the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM 50) in Manila, the Philippines on Saturday.The framework document is expected to be discussed between the foreign ministers of ASEAN and China on Sunday, said Robespierre Bolivar, acting spokesperson of the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs, told the press after the meeting. Tiếp tục đọc “ASEAN foreign ministers pass framework agreement for COC in East Vietnam Sea”