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HIGHLIGHTING “CORE INTERESTS”- CHINA’S NEW TRICK IN MONOPOLIZING THE EAST SEA

The term “core interests” is defined by China to identify the issues considered to be critically important and in defense of which China is ready to use force and go to war. The phrase was at first restricted to Taiwan, and as China’s “core interest” and always considered to be a Chinese province, China is ready to use force to “liberate” when necessary.

And then, when the political situation in Tibet and Xinjiang was instable with regular riots as a result of eruption of nationalism, China used military force, for many times, to repress the insurgents there.

CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTER’S VISITS TO FOUR ASEAN COUNTRIES AND THE EAST SEA ISSUE

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid visits to four ASEAN countries, which include Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei, from 30th April to 5th May 2013. This was his first overseas trip since his promotion as the Foreign Minister of China.

What have been discussed on the issue of the East Sea during his visits and why were these four countries opted for his first overseas trip? Let’s have an analysis for the answer.

CHINA TO OPEN TOURISM TO HOANG SA - ESCALATING ENCROACHMENT INTO VIETNAMESE TERRITORY

China’s opening the Hoang Sa Archipelago (the Paracels) to tourism resulted in escalating tension in the East Sea. The move is part of China’s long-contemplated plan to bring the East Sea under its control.

Following its establishment of the so-called “Sansha city,” China has hastily embarked upon building infrastructure to bring tourists to the islands. Since March 2013, Hainan officials have repeatedly mentioned the opening of tours to the Hoang Sa as a propaganda for this wrongful act of the Beijing administration.

CHINA CANNOT PREVENT THE PHILIPPINES’ PROCEEDINGS

On 22 January 2013, the Philippines officially initiated arbitral proceedings against China under Part XV, Section 2 and Annex VII of the 1982 UNCLOS, aiming at a legally binding verdict for the parties concerned.

The overall position in the Philippines’ statement of claims is that the rights of each coastal state must be established in accordance with the 1982 UNCLOS and that these rights must be respected by other nations by China in this case.

CAN THE EAST SEA BE AT PEACE DURING THE QUIET SEA SEASON?

SCSC - April marks the beginning of the calm sea season, however rounds of undercurrents seem to remain in the East Sea and may emerge any time into big waves. China continues to conduct provocative acts and violate the sea areas of neighboring countries, prompting global concerns.

Recently, Lou Zhaohui, Director General of the Asian Affairs Department, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs boasted in his exchange with Chinese netizens on Xinhuanet by claiming the achievements in “sovereignty protection” as the first breakthrough of China’s diplomacy in 2012.

NEW MOVES ON THE EAST SEA ISSUE BEFORE THE ASEAN SUMMIT IN THE END OF APRIL 2013

summit pageSCSC - The ASEAN Summit is taking place in Brunei on 24-26 April 2013. Analysts believed that the East Sea issue will be among the hot topic of this Meeting. To prepare for the first Summit in 2013 of ASEAN leaders, ASEAN Foreign Ministers met on 11 April 2013.

The East Sea issue was discussed at length at the meeting, which culminated in a Press Release on the Ease Sea issue. The document underlined that the early negotiations and signing of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea is required in order to avoid conflicts between some ASEAN countries and China related to sovereignty disputes in the East Sea.

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