Tag Archives: South_China_Sea
On January 25, 2018, I gave an interview to the Inquiry program of the BBC World Service on China’s claims to the South China Sea. The program also features interviews from three other experts on the economic, strategic and diplomatic aspects of the South China Sea disputes. Listen to it here.
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.
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…)