The Hanoitimes - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Russia have upgraded their relations strategic partnership. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his hope that Russia supports the standpoint and principles of ASEAN in safeguarding peace, and stability in the South China Sea, to which Vietnam refers as East Sea. Phuc made statement when together with other ASEAN leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin attending the third Russia-ASEAN Summit, which is part of the 33rd ASEAN Summit and related meetings, in Singapore on November 14. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the 3rd ASEAN-Russia Summit. Photo: Quang Hieu The Vietnamese government leader called for addressing peacefully disputes based on international law, exercising self-restraint, avoiding complicating the situation, fully implementing DOC, and negotiating COC in a practical and efficient way. He said the ASEAN-Russia strategic … [Read more...] about Vietnam PM hopes for Russian support to safeguard peace and stability in East Sea
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China's foreign minister said Saturday (Aug 4) that his country's threat to impose retaliatory tariffs on US$60 billion of American goods in an escalating trade spat was "fully justified". China's Wang says response to US trade measures 'justified' Beijing threatened Friday to bring in the levies on products ranging from beef to condoms, after US President Donald Trump's administration upped the ante in its plans for additional tariffs on Chinese goods worth US$200 billion. Washington suggested the rate on the proposed extra tariffs could be increased from 10 to 25 per cent. The two countries have been embroiled for months in a trade conflict that has threatened to hurt consumers in both countries. Washington claims that China's export economy benefits from unfair policies and subsidies, as well as theft of American technological know-how. Speaking on the sidelines of a a Southeast Asian security conference also attended by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Singapore, … [Read more...] about China’s Wang says response to US trade measures ‘justified’
A US guided missile destroyer USS Lassen navigated within 12 nautical miles of artificial islands China is building in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, the AFP news agency quoted a US defence official as saying on October 27. This is seen as the first concrete move included in the US’s plan to conduct regular patrol activities in the East Sea. “ We are conducting routine operations in the East Sea in accordance with international law. US forces operate in the Asia-Pacific region on a daily basis, including in the South China Sea" the official said. The official also stressed that these operations are "distinct from the question of sovereignty over these islands." Meanwhile, Reuters said the patrol carried out by the destroyer USS Lassen will near Su Bi (Subi) Reef and Vanh Khan (Mischief) Reef on the Truong Sa archipelago. Additional patrols would follow in the coming weeks. Earlier, the Barack Obama administration repeatedly affirmed that the US will exercise the right … [Read more...] about Bản in : US warship sails near illegally built islands on East Sea
VietNamNet Bridge – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will celebrate its 50th founding anniversary next year. So, it's time for the organization to consider the near future. A particularly important question is how to help ASEAN become more effective in addressing the emerging security challenges. The biggest worry now is that currently ASEAN cannot form a common stance on the issue of the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) dispute, mainly because of the principles of consensus of this association.The consensus principle Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang at the 38th Singapore Lecture forum, held by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, with the theme "Strengthening partnership for sustainable development of the region". Due to the great diversity of the ASEAN member countries, the association has considered the consensus principle as a fundamental principle of its activities. Officially put on … [Read more...] about How can the deadlock of ASEAN on the East Sea be overcome?
"People caught illegally fishing in Chinese waters could be jailed for up to a year," according to China's Supreme Court. An arbitration court in The Hague ruled last month that China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea (Vietnam's East Sea) and that it has breached the Philippines' sovereign rights with its actions, infuriating Beijing which dismissed the case. None of China's reefs and holdings in the Spratly Islands entitled it to a 200-mile exclusive economic zone, the court decided. The Supreme Court made no direct mention of the South China Sea or The Hague ruling, but said its judicial interpretation was made in accordance with both Chinese law and the United Nations' Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), under which the Philippines had also bought its case. "Judicial power is an important component of national sovereignty," the Supreme Court said. "People's courts will actively exercise jurisdiction over China's territorial waters, support … [Read more...] about China court warns against ‘illegal’ fishing in riposte to South China Sea ruling