Seeking smoother summit, ASEAN to skirt mention of South China Sea ruling


Police stand guard on a street ahead of the Asean Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Police stand guard on a street ahead of the Asean Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Southeast Asian leaders are set to avoid references to a recent arbitration ruling that undermined China’s claims to the South China Sea, after omitting it from a joint statement at a summit this week over which Beijing’s influence looms large.

A draft communique of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) seen by Reuters on Monday listed eight points related to the South China Sea, but made no mention of a high-profile July ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which invalidated Beijing’s territorial claims.

The decision to exclude reference to the ruling represents a diplomatic victory for China, following ASEAN’s decision at its last meeting in July to turn down a U.S.-backed proposal to include the landmark ruling in the text.

Source: Reuters “Seeking smoother summit, ASEAN to skirt mention of South China Sea ruling”, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asean-summit-idUSKCN11B1W7.

Note: This is Reuters report I quote here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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6 Comments on “Seeking smoother summit, ASEAN to skirt mention of South China Sea ruling”

  1. advantec333 says:

    Like I said before Joe, the F35 and F22s are junks, better off starting all over again, the USA is way behind China. China will be mass producing in several years. I knew this from the very beginning, if the F22s and the F35s were so good the USA would had attacked China long ago,

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  2. Joseph says:

    ‘Avoid’ to mention? The ASEAN leaders do not plan to mention American issue on the SCS at all. Why would they? It is entirely American problem, not ASEAN problem. Even Philippines has reportedly refused to be used as America mouthpiece anymore. The American can, of course, still mention the SCS ruling themselves in Laos, but with American status as ‘observer’, they are risking to be kicked out from the summit for interfering ASEAN affair. Reuters should have realized by now that the world does not revolve around America and it cronies. It is all about us now, not about them. Reuters should go back to Europe and reports about Gibraltar and Brexit more properly before trying to incite nonsense in our region.

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  3. Fre Okin says:

    I think the ‘island is a rock’ ruling finally make all the disputants with China to realise They are the loser, Not China. Indonesia will lose as well in the Natuna Archipelago as she cannot claim 200 NM with no reference point since the archipelago is not a coastline of a land mass. So Indonesia will only have 12 NM at the perimeters of all the small rocks dotting the archipelago with some 200 NM EEZ from the big Natuna island. This means fishermen from China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines etc can fish up to 12 NM of the Natuna archipelago around those rocks facing the international water, away from clear cut 200 NM EEZ.

    For Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, they also realise China can send Large Fishing Boats to fish up to 12 NM of their rocks, effectively killing their own fishermen catches. China can of course drill for oil/gas up to 12 NM miles off these rocks as well, also off Natuna archipelago.

    So forget about the ownership of the Nine Dash Line, the PCA verdict while attempting to restrict China’s claim in the South China Sea, end up hurting Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, even Indonesia and Japan as well, all their ‘islands’ suddenly become rocks, including Diaoyu/Senkaku, giving China the freedom to fish, drill for oil/gas up to 12 NM. Perhaps Knowing This, the Japanese now agree with China to do Joint Oil/Gas exploration around Diaoyu/Senkaku. Before, they make false claim China drill for oil/gas inside their fake 200 NM EEZ around Diaoyu/Senkaku Rock.

    It is clear then, China is the Real Winner in the PCA verdict even though it look otherwise superficially. This is the real reason why ASEAN members against China will not make any reference to the PCA ruling as it will only make more people realise They are the real loser in the PCA verdict, not China.

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    • Simon says:

      Claiming 200nm around Daioyu islands is impossible because it would extend right upto the coast of China and ecompassing Taiwan island itself. In cases like this the EEZ is determined at half way between the territory but neither is true in the case of Daioyu and Chinaese fishermen and patrol boats do sail within the 12nm around it since the island is not really accepted as Japanese territory.

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    • Small Fish says:

      Most interesting revelation.

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  4. advantec333 says:

    The ruling was illegal, the verdict was bought by a 30 million dollar bribe from Japan, USA and the PH.

    On Mon, Sep 5, 2016 at 4:53 PM, Tiananmens Tremendous Achievements wrote:

    > chankaiyee2 posted: ” Southeast Asian leaders are set to avoid references > to a recent arbitration ruling that undermined China’s claims to the South > China Sea, after omitting it from a joint statement at a summit this week > over which Beijing’s influence looms large. A d” >

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