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Points of Control: China’s Weiqi Strategy in the South China Sea

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 SCSC - What is the core of Chinese strategy in the South China Sea dispute?

The Western eye is particularly ill trained to see through Beijing’s strategic moves. It tends to view the game nations play in terms of chess, but as keen observers of Chinese strategy such as Henry Kissinger and David Lai have noted, China plays weiqi in much of its foreign relations.

The oldest and most prominent board game in China, weiqi is, as its very name tells us, a game of encirclement. By contrast, chess is a game of checkmate. In chess, the game pieces, such as kings, queens, or pawns, vary vastly in their inherent value and power, which are determined by their definitional characters. In weiqi, there are no kings, queens, or pawns, only identical stones that derive their powers from where they are located in the larger configuration of the pieces. If chess is about the accumulation and attrition of physical power, weiqi is about the seizure and maneuvering of strategic positions. [READ MORE]

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US, Japan, Australia urge peaceful resolution of maritime disputes

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SCSC - The US, Australian and Japanese leaders said they were committed to deepening their already strong security cooperation in the Asia - Pacific, which comes amid China's increasingly assertive expansion in the region.

BRISBANE: The US, Australian and Japanese leaders on Sunday (Nov 16) called for peaceful resolutions of maritime disputes, a day after Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia as China contests disputed territory. [READ MORE]

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China cosies up to ASEAN with US$ 20b in loans

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SCSC - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday (Nov 13) also floated the possibility of a "friendship treaty" with Southeast Asian nations, in an apparent bid to defuse regional tensions which spiked this year over contested seas.

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar: China on Thursday (Nov 13) offered US$ 20 billion in loans and floated the possibility of a "friendship treaty" with Southeast Asian nations, in an apparent bid to defuse regional tensions which spiked this year over contested seas. [READ MORE]

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China and ASEAN: Moving Beyond the South China Sea

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 SCSC - The 2014 APEC summit is over, but many of the world leaders leaving Beijing are not heading home. Instead, ASEAN leaders, U.S. President Barack Obama, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are heading to Naypyitaw, Myanmar for a series of meetings involving ASEAN, including the ASEAN Plus Three summit and the East Asia Summit. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will be attending on Beijing’s behalf.

China needs to try different tactics on the South China Sea disputes to gain ASEAN’s support for other Chinese projects. [READ MORE]

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New jousting over sea dispute expected at Asean summit

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SCSC - Fresh diplomatic sparring over who owns what in the South China Sea is likely to break out this week at a major regional summit in Myanmar, after a year in which China jacked up tensions in the resource - rich waters.

Rival claims have gnawed away at ties between Southeast Asian nations including Vietnam and the Philippines and regional powerhouse China, which claims nearly all of the sea, including waters near its smaller neighbours' shores. [READ MORE]

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Straight Talk on the South China Sea

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SCSC - President Obama’s second daylong summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping will be the best chance this year to clarify some fuzzy lines on Asia’s biggest potential flash point: the South China Sea. This is the time to further clarify U.S.interests, including whether the United States cares about possible outcomes to the region’s many territorial disputes.

China is extremely clear about its interests in this region: It seeks to administer most of the South China Sea within an expansive “nine - dash line” that snakes along the coasts of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines. [READ MORE]

China’s ‘New Type’ of Ties Fails to Sway Obama

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SCSC - BEIJING — When Xi Jinping stood next to Hillary Rodham Clinton and addressed a high - powered lunch audience on the seventh floor of the State Department nearly three years ago, he was still China’s vice president and only the heir apparent to the Communist Party leadership. But even during that visit he spoke expansively of forging a “new type of great power relations” with the United States.

Mr. Lieberthal said. “The Chinese keep saying the great power relationship requires respect for each country’s core interests”, he said. “We get off the train at that point because we cannot get a clear statement of what China’s core interests are”. [READ MORE]

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US and allies outgunned in South China Sea

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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]

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LEGAL BATTLE AT THE UN OVER THE HOANG SA ARCHIPELAGO

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SCSC - Since early May, a legal battle on sovereignty over the Hoang Sa archipelago has been sparked at the United Nations with the submission of diplomatic notes and attached materials by Viet Nam and China to the UN.

Viet Nam has sent diplomatic notes three times and position papers twice to the UN to present evidence for its sovereignty claim. China has also sent position papers twice to the UN to present its viewpoints on sovereignty over the Paracels.

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[Video] Tension in the South China Sea: A true story

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What Marines need to know about South China Sea territorial disputes

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SCSC - The nine - dash - line is an area in the South China Sea that China claims as sovereign territory. It extends from the southern coast of China, down the east coast of Vietnam, to the northwest coast of Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia, up the entire west coast of the Philippines, and to Taiwan.

The history of this line is somewhat debated: Many argue that these claims date back officially to 1935, when the Kuomintang government published an official list of Chinese names for the islands in the South China Sea. [READ MORE]

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