China Has Brunei’s Support for Bilateral Negotiation to Solve South Sea DisputePosted: April 22, 2016
SCMP says in its report “China woos rival claimant Brunei as it seeks allies ahead of tribunal ruling on territorial disputes in South China Sea”, “Foreign Minister Wang Yi says the small nation shares Beijing’s view that disputes should be resolved through direct negotiations. An international tribunal is due to rule shortly on territorial claims in the disputed region”.
Perhaps so, but China has always been making efforts to bring contending claimants to negotiation table including the Philippines. Reuters mentioned five contending claimants: Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.
In fact, Taiwan is by no means a contending claimant as its claims as it is the Republic of China while China’s claim is based on the claim it inherits from the Republic of China.
Both Malaysia and Brunei accept China’s view while Vietnam has been carrying out bilateral negotiations with China; therefore, what Wang Yi said has nothing to do with the international arbitration and China will just ignore the arbitration award whatever it will be.
The SCMP report does not seem to really understand the situation.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1937729/china-woos-rival-claimant-brunei-it-seeks-allies-ahead.