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PRESS RELEASE: Arbitration between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China

On Monday, 13 July 2015, the Arbitral Tribunal concluded the hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility in the arbitration instituted by the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the “Convention”).

The hearing, which commenced on 7 July 2015, took place in the Peace Palace, the headquarters of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands. [READ MORE]

[Video] China has been changing the status quo of large-scale in the Spratlys

SCSC - Recently, China has been conducting a large-scale land reclamation at 7 shoals and reefs in the Spratlys which they illegally took over from Vietnam. Notably, on Fiery Cross Reef, the reclamation area is five times larger than Itu Aba, formerly the largest island of the Spratlys.

International public opinion shows that the activities of China have violated international law, threatened peace and stability in the region, caused environmental pollution and destroyed marine ecosystems. SCSC is pleased to introduce a video clip reflecting this new situation.

Building the New Silk Road

SCSC - More than two thousand years ago, China's Han Dynasty launched the Silk Road, a sprawling network of commerce that linked South and Central Asia with the Middle East and Europe.
Today, the idea of a "New Silk Road”, an intertwined set of economic integration initiatives seeking to link East and Central Asia, has taken hold in the United States and China—for very different reasons. [READ MORE]

Arbitration between the Republic of the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China

Recently, the Permanent Court of Arbitration placed in The Hague, The Netherlands has issued its third Procedural Order for the case between the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China. Down here the Southchinasea.com has edited and brought out the full text of the third Procedural Order.

Limits in the Seas No. 143 China: Maritime Claims in the South China Sea

SCSC - This study is one of a series issued by the Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the Department of State. The purpose of the series is to examine a coastal State’s maritime claims and/or boundaries and assess their consistency with international law. This study represents the views of the United States Government only on the specific matters discussed therein and does not necessarily reflect an acceptance of the limits claimed. [READ MORE]

US and allies outgunned in South China Sea

SCSC - If one day China does really enforce outright sovereignty over the Nine Dash Line (even permitting innocent passage to continue), this will be taken as a direct challenge to the US and the established rules of the open sea. Japan would feel most threatened. Shipping would be diverted away from the Malacca chokepoint to the straits opposite northern Australia (where, as it happens, US Marines recently established a presence).

Hayton draws a barely consoling conclusion: China doesn't want a shooting war in the South China Sea, but it gains everything just short of one. [READ MORE]

The South China Sea: Assessing U.S. Policy and Options for the Future

SCSC - The aim of this report is to propose additional policy options that the United States might pursue in the South China Sea. To this end it provides a detailed recounting of existing U.S. policy toward the South China Sea.

It concludes by recommending additional policy approaches aimed toward generating a more peaceful, stable, nonconfrontational, law abiding environment in the South China Sea. Along the way it will address the U.S. interests that are involved in the South China Sea. [READ MORE]

A new ara in U.S.-Vietnam relations

SCSC - In the words of Secretary of State John Kerry, no two countries "have worked harder, done more, and done better to try to bring themselves together and change history and change the future" than the United States and Vietnam.

Since the normalization of diplomatic ties in 1995, U.S.-Vietnam relations have taken giant steps forward in nearly every area, from political and economic cooperation to expanding military and cultural ties. [READ MORE]

Perspectives on the South China Sea

SCSC - The South China Sea is arguably one of the world’s most dangerous regions, with conflicting diplomatic, legal, and security claims by major and mid - level powers. To assess these disputes, CSIS brought together an international group of experts—from Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.

This volume gathers these experts’ analyses to provide a diverse and wide - ranging set of perspectives on the region and to explore possibilities for future cooperation. [READ MORE]

NGUYEN DYNASTY'S OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS OF VIET NAM’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER HOANG SA AND TRUONG SA

On May 14th 2014, Viet Nam’s Nguyen Dynasty Official Documents were recognized as a Memory of the World for Asia - Pacific. This decision was made at the 2nd session of the 6th plenum of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia - Pacific (MOWCAP), which took place in Guangzhou, China with the participation of 54 delegates from 17 countries. With outstanding features in terms of contents, formats and styles, the “Nguyen Dynasty Official Documents” were nominated among 20 documents to be recognized by UNESCO as a “Memory of the World for Asia - Pacific”.

On July 30th 2014, Hanoi held a ceremony upon receiving the certificate of the “Memory of the World for Asia - Pacific” recognized by UNESCO for Viet Nam’s Nguyen Dynasty Official Documents.

The South China Sea: Waves of trouble

SCSC - The rocks and coral known as James Shoal are not much: just a raised stretch of seabed 22 metres (72 feet) below the surface and 107km (67 miles) off the coast of Malaysian Borneo.

Yet China, 1,500km to the north, regards it as the southernmost point of its territory, at the base of a vast U - shaped swathe of the South China Sea, demarcated by a “nine - dash line” on maps that now appear even in Chinese passports. [READ MORE]

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