South China Sea NewsWire

 
 

South China Sea NewsWire

 
 

South China Sea NewsWire

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South China Sea NewsWire

The aggregator service for balanced and insightful news

Diplomacy

Philippines woos ASEAN to craft code on South China Sea

20 November, 2023

The Philippines is working on a separate code of conduct with neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Vietnam regarding their territorial conflicts in the South China Sea as a broader agreement with China has not been progressing.

Security

Vietnam ramps up South China Sea island expansion, researchers say

17 November, 2023

According to a recent analysis by the Washington, DC-based think tank, CSIS, Vietnam has been expanding its dredging and landfill projects in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands, gaining an additional 330 acres of land since December of last year.

Diplomacy

South China Sea row to top agenda of ASEAN defence ministers’ meeting amid China-Philippines clashes

14 November, 2023

ASEAN defence ministers are set to meet in Jakarta to discuss regional challenges, including rising tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea. US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to attend the regional bloc’s security meeting, reaffirming US commitment to the Indo-Pacific region.

Security

The Philippines and China report a new maritime confrontation near a contested South China Sea shoal

11 November, 2023

Chinese and Philippine vessels engaged in a new confrontation in the South China Sea on Friday, with Manila charging that a Chinese coast guard ship and accompanying vessels conducted dangerous maneuvers and blasted a Philippine supply ship with a water cannon in disputed waters. China responded that it acted appropriately under maritime law to defend what it says is its territory.

Security

U.S. Navy Destroyer Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation in the South China Sea

3 November, 2023

The USS Dewey (DDG 105) exercised navigational rights and freedoms in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands on November 3, in accordance with international law. Following the operation, the USS Dewey (DDG 105) left the excessive claim region and resumed operations in the South China Sea. By contesting limitations on innocent passage imposed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, and Vietnam, this freedom of navigation operation (“FONOP”) protected the rights, freedoms, and authorized uses of the sea recognized in international law.

Diplomacy

Vietnam, Japan Expected to Deepen Ties as China Concerns Grow

30 October, 2023

Vietnam and Japan are poised to elevate their diplomatic ties to the highest level, a move analysts say highlights the two countries’ growing concern over China’s assertive behavior in the region.

Security

The ongoing military overhaul of China’s PLA has one goal in mind—Taiwan

30 October, 2023

Soon after President Xi Jinping took command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), he initiated the most significant reorganization of the world’s greatest fighting force in decades. The restructuring, which began in 2015, aimed to shift China’s military away from a Soviet-style, army-oriented structure and toward one more suited to joint operations, similar to the US model.

Security

As the world looks elsewhere, China stirs trouble in the South China Sea

25 October, 2023

China is causing havoc in the South China Sea once more, this time while battles simmer in Gaza and Ukraine. The precise timing of China’s operations in the South China Sea definitely reflects both short-term and long-term imperatives, but the general trend is concerning. There’s some truth to US Vice President Joe Biden’s warning last week that “conflict and chaos could spread [to]…the Indo-Pacific.”

Security

Philippines say Chinese boats rammed vessels in disputed waters

22 October, 2023

A Chinese coast guard ship and an escorting vessel hit a Philippine coast guard ship and a military run supply boat of a disputed shoal on Sunday, according to Philippine officials, heightening worries of an armed war in the disputed South China Sea.

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Analysis

China’s ‘blue dragon’ strategy in the Indo-Pacific | The Strategist
China is advancing its ‘blue dragon’ strategy to compete with the US and undermine President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific policy. The plan targets three bodies of water in the Indo-Pacific region and major river systems in Southeast and South Asia. Despite Washington’s public denial of a containment policy against China, the US continues its global spy operations and has increased its defensive military posture in the Indo-Pacific.

Commentary


There are few indicators that the South China Sea’s seafood rivalry will slow down. Fishermen and the region face a looming fishery crisis due to illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing, overfishing, marine pollution, warming seas and the securitization of fisheries. Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a serious global problem that threatens ocean ecosystems and sustainable fisheries. That’s why the European Union (EU) officials continue to monitor Vietnamese fishermen after they received a “yellow card” in 2017.

Podcasts

This episode of the Ke Kumu podcast by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies features Dr. Alexander Vuving, who discusses conflicts in the South China Sea.

This episode of Asia Unscripted from the US-Asia Institute features James Borton and Rodger Baker, the co-authors of the South China Sea Maritime Survey, a survey that aims to “underscore the urgency to examine the benefits and prospects of science-led initiatives in light of the unfolding climate and ecological changes occurring in the region.”

Videos

Philippine Coast Guard releases video of sea collisions

Conferences

CSIS hosts Thirteenth Annual South China Sea Conference

Recommended Books

Asian Territorial and Maritime Disputes: A Critical Introduction by Moises de Souza, Gregory Coutaz, and Dean Karalekas This volume is designed to be a practical, yet critical, introduction to the main maritime and territorial disputes in the Indo-Pacific region. With a team of contributors made up of both senior and early-career scholars, diplomats, and legal specialists, the book provides a wide range of insights that go beyond what is provided in the media.

Dispatches from the South China Sea: Navigating to Common Ground by James Borton This book’s blend of participatory research and field reportage paves the way for a transformation of policy and provides a basis for the eventual resolution of some of today’s major maritime conflicts.

On Dangerous Ground: America’s Century in the South China Sea by Gregory Poling The author’s weeping and comprehensive understanding of America policy offers insightful understanding of all the various claimant nations issues in the contested waters since the nineteenth century.

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