The Great Unraveling of U.S. Policy in the South China Sea

Beijing may be playing coy over whether it considers the South China Sea part of its sovereign territory, but the country’s actions indicate that its preferred outcome is Chinese sovereignty within the “nine-dash line.”

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration’s vacillation over how to challenge Beijing’s assertiveness in the region undermines U.S. policy to shape China’s rise in positive directions. [READ MORE]

The South China Sea Showdown: 5 Dangerous Myths

Myths about the South China Sea and related U.S.-China strategic interaction have been multiplying in Washington like fruit flies of late.

There is the curious notion that China’s recent actions in the South China Sea portend a spasm of aggression spanning East Asia, spilling into the Indian Ocean and then through the Middle East, Africa and beyond. [READ MORE]

What Xi Jinping Offered in the U.S.: A Slight Shift in Tone

SHANGHAI—On his trip to America, Xi Jinping often seemed caught between two audiences—his skeptical hosts who needed gentle reassurance and the one that mattered most, the crowd back home who admire his firm rule and tough nationalism.

It made for a few awkward moments when he tried to have things both ways. [READ MORE]

Obama and Xi remain at loggerheads on S China Sea

NEW YORK — United States President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have exchanged verbal jabs over territorial disputes in the South China Sea involving Beijing and several other countries in the region in their speeches delivered at the annual United Nations General Assembly this week.

Their UN appearances on Monday came just three days after their summit at the White House on Friday, which left the impression that the two leaders have some way to go in building mutual trust. [READ MORE]

Video: Vietnam President Responds to Xi Jinping on Island Dispute

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang has responded to recent remarks made by Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding disputed islands in the South China Sea, saying the territories “belong to Vietnam, and Vietnam has full historical evidence to prove our national sovereignty.”

Speaking at Asia Society New York on Monday, Sang was referring to his country’s claim over the two island chains known internationally as the Spratly and Paracel Islands. [READ MORE]

AP Interview: Vietnamese president says China's island-building violates international law

NEW YORK (AP) — Vietnam's president told The Associated Press on Monday that China's island-building in the disputed South China Sea violates international law and endangers maritime security.

President Truong Tan Sang also urged the U.S., which has expressed mounting concern over China's assertive behavior, to fully lift a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam. [READ MORE]

In New York, President Sang reiterates country’s sovereignty in East Vietnam Sea

Vietnam has full historical evidence and legal basis to support its sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, State President Truong Tan Sang said in the U.S. on Sunday.
The Vietnamese leader made the statement during his meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese communities in New York, employees of the Vietnamese Embassy in the U.S., and a number of his international friends. [READ MORE]

Beijing’s New World Order: China’s aggression requires a more forceful American response

Like wedding anniversaries, state visits by foreign leaders are occasions to celebrate the positive, and that’s what the Obama Administration will stress as Chinese President Xi Jinping tours the U.S. this week.

Get ready for an announcement about arms-control in cyberspace, a progress report on a bilateral investment treaty, and bromides about mutual friendship. [READ MORE]

FACT SHEET: President Xi Jinping’s State Visit to the United States

On September 24-25, 2015, President Barack Obama hosted President Xi Jinping of China for a State visit. The two heads of state exchanged views on a range of global, regional, and bilateral subjects.

President Obama and President Xi agreed to work together to constructively manage our differences and decided to expand and deepen cooperation in the following areas: [READ MORE]

Remarks by President Obama and President Xi of the People's Republic of China in Joint Press Confere

Rose Garden - 12:22 P.M. EDT - PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Please have a seat. I want to once again welcome President Xi back to the White House.  We first hosted him here three years ago when he was Vice President.  So this is our sixth meeting.

As a result of our efforts, our two nations are working together more closely across a broader range of critical issues -- and our cooperation is delivering results, for both our nations and the world. [READ MORE]

China's Xi Begins US Visit Amid Concerns Over Hacking, Investment And South China Sea Islands

SHANGHAI -- The Chinese media did its best to put a positive spin on President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States, ahead of his arrival in Seattle on Tuesday, with the official People’s Daily newspaper stressing that “negotiations on many key sectors are close to a successful outcome.”

It added that the two countries are “likely to seal more than 40 agreements and deals, including a major one on climate change.” [READ MORE]

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