China, ASEAN Agree to Forget Hague Ruling. What Will US Do?


China's H-6K bomber conducting combat patrols at Scarborough Shoal

China’s H-6K bomber conducting combat patrols at Scarborough Shoal

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visiting the Taiwan warship she was to send to patrol the 200-mile exclusive econmic zone around Taiping Island.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen visiting the Taiwan warship she was to send to patrol the 200-mile exclusive econmic zone around Taiping Island.

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)

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8 Comments on “China, ASEAN Agree to Forget Hague Ruling. What Will US Do?”

  1. Simon says:

    I have good news to announce my own victory and more importantly Chinese people’s victory over bias Western media against one of their major broadcaster the BBC.
    I just recieve their reply after 2 weeks of deliberation

    “Thank you for getting in touch about our coverage of the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision on the South China Sea.

    We were aware that the term “UN-backed” had appeared in some of our coverage and I thought it had been dealt with.

    Thank you again for flagging up this instance, which has now been amended.

    Best wishes,

    Ian Jolly

    BBC News website”

    I will add that the BBC only dropped “UN backed” in reference to the PCA on news coverage only after I submitted my complaint but they did not correct news of the case that was reported before and up until the 13th July. I now request the BBC make a public apology for misrepresentation which damage Chinese people’s image and that the PCA is not legally binding and China is in a legal position to reject it. I suggest others do the same to add more weight otherwise the BBC will sweep this under the carpet and get away with it.

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  2. Simon says:

    The PCA is not fit for purpose and should be scrapped as a defunct quanga of western interest.
    China and UN are the real victor for not allowing a third party agency influenced by America misrepresenting international law.

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    • Steve says:

      To put it simply, ICJ is front door, PCA is back door. The Ali Baba thieves have stolen SCS territories from China knowing that the ICJ will also determine on historical records. Thieves usually break thru back door.

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  3. johnleecan says:

    What will USA do? Easy. They will think of other ways to discredit, demonize, destabilize and destroy China. And the bad thing is, many are led to believe American made up stories because of American superior propaganda knowledge and experience. Look at Iraq and Libya, destroyed and murdered based on lies and deception yet no one stand up and ask USA to pay.

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  4. Simon says:

    America Go Home!!!!

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  5. Simon says:

    The ASEAN statement amounted to publicly tearing apart the American sponsored PCA.
    ASEAN has thrown itself behind China as their regional leader and rejected America’s hegmony.

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  6. Steve says:

    Its Official now to condemn that the PCA Arbitral Tribunal Ruling, as farcical, a maritime circus show initiated by Aquino and his gang of Ali Baba thieves, proudly supported by the perpetrators
    USA. The evil intention is clear, that is, to rewrite the SCS maritimes rules and divide the SCS territorial landmarks and surrounding waters.

    The PCA Arbitral Award has reached it’s finality and condemned to a Roll of Waste Toilet Paper.

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