Beijing libels Hanoi by its tricks

Beijing libels Hanoi by its tricksOn November 3rd 2020, the “South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative” (SCSPI) of Beijing University (China) released another report titled “‘Illegal’ activities of Vietnamese fishing boats in the South China Sea in October 2020” to defame Vietnam.

As said in the report, there were 6,142 Vietnamese fishing boats operating in more than 70,587 spots in the South China Sea recorded by the vessels’ automatic identification system (AIS). The number decreased by one third compared to that amid peak time in July 2020. China adduced the vessels’ AIS to prove the objectivity of its data, which was said to have declined, thus deceiving the public.

Negotiation on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea: Bumpy Road and Challenges Ahead

Negotiation on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea Bumpy Road and Challenges AheadAt the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum (ARF) held on 12 September 2020, ASEAN Ministers once again called upon an early conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC). Referring to this issue in a Press Release on 1 October 2020, Vietnam’s Spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang stated that the resumption of the COC negotiations after interruption by the Covid-19 Pandemic was “a priority of ASEAN countries and China now.” However, a bird’s eye view of this process and given all the Chinese actions in the South China Sea since the beginning of 2020 proved that the COC negotiations scheduled for November 2020 would face several challenges and difficulties. The reasons are as follows:

Biden may lower chance of military conflict with China but containment strategy unlikely to change

Biden may lower chance of military conflict with China but containment strategy unlikely to change expertAfter Democratic nominee Joe Biden was elected 46th president of the US on Saturday, some observers wondered whether there will be less likelihood of military conflict with China, than under the Trump administration.

Some Chinese experts believed that US strategy of containing China won't change after Biden enters the White House, but he may adjust containment measures even while offering to better communicate with China.

Peaceful Spratlys resolution reaffirmed

Liang-Guanglie-166x224MANILA, Philippines Manila and Beijing on Monday agreed to hold dialogues on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea following a meeting between President Benigno Aquino III and Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie that Malacañang said could result in fewer incidents.
Briefing reporters on the 70-minute meeting at the Palace, Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang said, “Both sides are eager to not let the irritants that have come in the last several months become a thorn to the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Foreign ministers reiterate ASEAN’s resolve to resume South China Sea negotiations

Foreign ministers reiterate ASEANs resolve to resume South China Sea negotiationsHÀ NỘI — ASEAN foreign ministers reiterated the bloc's resolve to resume negotiations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea (known as East Sea by Việt Nam) with China during the 22nd ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) Council Meeting held online on Tuesday.

At the meeting held ahead of the 37th ASEAN Summit slated for November 12-15, the ministers expressed pleasure at the new developments of the APSC despite a range of difficulties, as well as the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden elected president, heralding shift for Asia after Trump

Biden elected president heralding shift for Asia after TrumpNEW YORK -- Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has reached the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to defeat President Donald Trump, a result that is widely expected to revive a more conventional American relationship with Asia.

"Tonight, the whole world is watching America, and I believe at our best, America is a beacon for the globe," Biden said in a victory speech Saturday night in Wilmington, Delaware, before a mask-wearing crowd watching from their cars and trucks, honking in support and waving American flags.

Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea

Territorial Disputes in the South China SeaRecent Developments

Tensions between China and both the Philippines and Vietnam have recently cooled, even as China increased its military activity in the South China Sea by conducting a series of naval maneuvers and exercises in March and April 2018. Meanwhile, China continues to construct military and industrial outposts on artificial islands it has built in disputed waters.

Biden Faces Immediate Tests in Asia

Biden Faces Immediate Tests in AsiaSuperficially, many in Asia welcomed President Donald Trump’s tough talk about China, praising his administration’s emphasis on “strategic competition” with Beijing. But his policies—particularly on trade and investment—are widely viewed as having undercut that goal. President-elect Joe Biden now has an opportunity to set the stage for more systematic, institutionalized, and effective competition with Beijing.


An Obama Restoration on Foreign Policy? Familiar Faces Could Fill Biden’s Team



An Obama Restoration on Foreign Policy Familiar Faces Could Fill Bidens TeamWASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s national security team is likely to be largely staffed by former Obama Situation Room regulars prepared to restore foreign policy principles discarded by President Trump.

An Obama redux would be a source of enormous relief to establishment insiders, who are desperate to see seasoned hands regain control of national security. But that likelihood is also causing disquiet among some younger, more liberal Democrats impatient with their party’s pre-Trump national security instincts, which they consider badly outdated.

The Quad’s consensus to restrain China’s expansion in the South China Sea

The Quads consensus to restrain Chinas expansion in the South China SeaIn the wake of China's increasing aggressiveness to realize its ambition of total domination of the South China Sea, the United States has taken the lead in countering China's expansion in the South China Sea by taking a clear legal stance for the South China Sea as shown in a remarks made by U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on July 13, 2020, and implementing field activities to protect the rules-based order in the South China Sea.

Besides, the U.S has not only urged and encouraged its allies and partners to object China’s illegal claims and aggressive behaviors in the South China Sea but also proactively reinforced the coordination among the Quad (including the U.S, Japan, Australia and India), promoting the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy as well as the group’s leading role in counterbalancing China’s hostile influence in South China Sea. The U.S.’ efforts have drawn positive responses from other Quad stakeholders:

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