China, ASEAN Agree to Forget Hague Ruling. What Will US Do?Posted: July 26, 2016
Reuters says in its report today titled “China asks U.S. to support resumption of talks with Philippines”, “Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Kerry that China and ASEAN had agreed the dispute should get back onto the ‘correct’ track of being resolved by direct talks with the parties concerned.”
Is Reuters slapping itself in the face to admit that it lied in its previous two reports that ASEAN’s desire to mention the Hague arbitration ruling has been frustrated by Cambodia’s opposition. What China and ASEAN have agreed is precisely to throw away Hague ruling and get back to the track of direct bilateral talks China has all along upheld. If all ASEAN members except Cambodia want to mention the ruling, why have they reached such an agreement with China?
Reuters stressed in its two previous reports that there shall be consensus before ASEAN can make any decision. Now, there must have been consensus for ASEAN to throw away the ruling and “get back onto the ‘correct’ track of resolving the disputes by direct talks with the parties concerned.”
It is utterly impossible for all the ASEAN members except Cambodia to have changed their stance so abruptly? The abrupt change is that Reuters now has to tell the truth though that may betray that it lied in its two previous reports. It is very interesting that even the Philippines and Vietnam agree to throw away the ruling very favorable to them and resolve the disputes through bilateral talks. How can Reuters explain the two countries’ abrupt change of stance!
Reuters, you are caught red-handed.
It is really interesting that having asked his Japanese and Australian counterparts to join him in asking China to respect the ruling, Kerry is requested by his Chinese counterpart to ignore the ruling and support the Philippines in getting back onto the ‘correct’ track of bilateral talks with China to resolve the disputes.
I would like to see how embarrassed Kerry was when he heard Wang say that. It is a pity that Reuters says nothing about Kerry’s response. However, even if its report had covered Kerry’s response, Reuters would not have taken a photo of the embarrassed Kerry.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters report, full text of which can be viewed below:
China asks U.S. to support resumption of talks with Philippines
China’s foreign minister has asked the U.S. secretary of state John Kerry to support the resumption of talks between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea, following a ruling against Beijing over the dispute earlier this month.
China did not participate in and has refused to accept the July 12 ruling by the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration, in which U.S. ally Manila won an emphatic legal victory. (Note: UN has made clear in its Chinese microblog that the so called U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration is only located in the same building as UN agency the International Court of Justice, but has nothing to do with the UN.)
Meeting in the Laos capital Vientiane on Monday during a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Kerry that China and ASEAN had agreed the dispute should get back onto the “correct” track of being resolved by direct talks with the parties concerned.
China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stoking tensions in the South China Sea and of taking sides in the dispute, charges Washington denies.
Competing claims with China in the vital shipping lane and resource-rich sea are among the most contentious issues for the 10 members of ASEAN, who are pulled between their desire to assert their sovereignty while fostering ties with an increasingly assertive Beijing.
China’s foreign ministry said Wang again urged Tokyo not to intervene in the South China Sea, saying Japan was not a claimant in the disputes and should avoid interfering in up the maritime spats.
“The China-Japan relations are still vulnerable and unsatisfactory,” Wang told Fumio Kishida, Japan’s minister for foreign affairs.
Japan and allies Australia and the United States issued a joint statement voicing their “strong opposition to any coercive unilateral actions” in the South China Sea and calling on both the Philippines and China to abide by the legally binding ruling.
China scored a diplomatic victory on Monday as Southeast Asian nations dropped any reference to the court ruling in a joint statement in the face of resolute objections from Cambodia, China’s closest ASEAN ally.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing and Simon Webb in Vientiane; Editing by Lincoln Feast)