Tag Archives: South_China_Sea

China’s Policy Towards Southeast Asia During Xi Jinping’s Second Term

No major change is likely to occur in China’s policy towards Southeast Asia in Xi’s second term, but the perceived policy success during his first term and a new confidence are likely to generate a new push to achieve even greater gains.

Read China’s Policy Towards Southeast Asia during Xi Jinping’s Second Term (EAI Bulletin Nov 2017)

 

The Paradox at the Heart of the South China Sea Ruling

On July 12, an arbitration tribunal at The Hague delivered what is widely regarded as a landmark ruling on the maritime territorial dispute between the Philippines and China. Among many breathtaking findings, the tribunal declared China’s so-called “nine-dash line” invalid. It also concluded that none of the Spratly Islands — not even Itu Aba (Taiping Island), the largest naturally formed feature — are capable of generating an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf of their own. (more…)

Breathtaking but counterproductive: the South China Sea arbitration award

Image courtesy of Flickr user Royal New Zealand Navy

From: The Strategist 

Anthony Bergin wrote here on The Strategist that The Hague award in The Philippines v China arbitration case is a heavy defeat for Beijing. The award is breathtaking in its overwhelming support for the Philippines’s position, and comes as a surprise to many seasoned international maritime law experts. I’ll just raise two such surprises. (more…)

About

Dr Feng Zhang (PhD, LSE) is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Asia-Pacific security, and international relations theory. He is also Adjunct Professor at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in China.

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