ASEAN Worried by Latent South China Sea China-US Confrontation


Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers link arms during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Retreat in Boracay, central Philippines February 21, 2017. L-R: Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos; Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; U Kyaw Tin, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar; Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand; Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam; Philippine Foreign Secretary and AMM Retreat Chair Perfecto Yasay; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore; Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei; Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia; Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia; Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN. Malacanang Photo/Handout via Reuters

Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers link arms during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Boracay, central Philippines February 21, 2017. L-R: Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Laos; Anifah Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia; U Kyaw Tin, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar; Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand; Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam; Philippine Foreign Secretary and AMM Retreat Chair Perfecto Yasay; Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore; Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei; Prak Sokhonn, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia; Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia; Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN. Malacanang Photo/Handout via Reuters

Reuters says in its report “Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles – U.S. officials” yesterday that two US officials told it that China is nearly finished building quite a few structures for housing long-range surface-to-air missiles. on its artificial islands in the South China Sea.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said something harsh about China’s island building in the South China Sea before his formal appointment, but according to Reuters’ report “Tillerson affirms importance of constructive U.S.-China ties” I have reblogged today, he now wants constructive ties with China and the statement of his department on his telephone conversation with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi simply does not mention the South China Sea.

Trump and Tillerson’s silence on China’s deployment of missiles and US navy’s patrol in the South China Sea make people guess what Trump’s real China policies are.

As a result, Reuters says in its another report “ASEAN unsettled by China weapon systems, tension in South China Sea” yesterday, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said after ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in the Philippines yesterday that Asian countries saw China’s installation of weapons in the South China Sea as “very unsettling” and have urged dialogue to stop an escalation of “recent developments.”

Obviously, ASEAN believes China’s deployment of missiles on those islands is to deal with US aircraft carriers battle group that has announced it will conduct freedom of navigation operations near the islands. In its report, Reuters quotes Yasay as saying that the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) hoped China and the United States would ensure peace and stability.

According to Yasay, ASEAN were confident a framework for a code of maritime conduct could be agreed with Beijing by June. As a result, tension among various South China Sea claimants will be eased. However, tension will remain between China and the US there. That is why ASEAN hoped that China and the US would ease tension between them to ensure peace and stability.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ reports, full text of which can respectively be viewed at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-southchinasea-exclusive-idUSKBN161029 and http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asean-philippines-idUSKBN1600I3.

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6 Comments on “ASEAN Worried by Latent South China Sea China-US Confrontation”

  1. Title says:

    This is a chances for US army beg for more money from congress.

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  2. Assassin says:

    Let’s wait and see. Mattis and Tillerson looks moderate chaps. Trump is more interested in trade than war. The Carl Vinson battle group visit could be a left over legacy decision by that great hypocrite and liar, Obama and that ambitious polician soldier now admiral, Harris.

    In any case, all the hype is by the mainstream media propaganda machine. By itself the visit or sailing is no big news or event. Only the fake nes msm wishes to play it up. Freedom of navigation is and was never an issue.

    Only the pro Establishment, pro necon war-mongering pyschopaths in Obama and Hillary’s camps fake news medias,are.

    Beijing should have their missiles aimed at Reuters, AP, AFP, CNN, etc.

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    • Simon says:

      The only country to conduct military drills is the sole rightful claimant China. No other claimants can conduct military drills, that tells you something. FONOP is nothing more than innocent passage which is granted to all nations that don’t posture threat or military excercise and this can also happen in American territorial waters.

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  3. Joseph says:

    Which ‘ASEAN’ is Reuters talking about? Obviously not the real life ASEAN. I live in Indonesia, which is part of the real ASEAN, and it’s been a long time since I heard about SCS in Indonesian news. What we are talking about now is about American McMoran Freeport who dares to talk tough to our President to avoid honoring their obligation. They already threatened to bring Indonesia to the PCA court, the same bungled court on the China-US/Philippines SCS case, to use some old treaty. The American McMoran Freeport wants the unequal terms of the expired treaty restored. What makes it different to the SCS case, the American made some new treaties that China never ratified but forced to obey. In Indonesia-McMoran Freeport case, the McMoran Freeport agreed and ratified the new treaty, but decided to disregard it anyway because it does not serve their profit. They are so confident that the PCA would overrule the new treaty because they American, hence should be protected by the PCA. Bad news for the American, the Indonesian government decided to lodge counter claim on the PCA. There are talks that Indonesia should follow China to disregard the PCA altogether if its purpose is to serve Western interests.

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  4. Simon says:

    As the saying goes “beggars can’t be choosey”.

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  5. Steve says:

    US gunboat diplomacy in the SCS has being smashed to pieces. These high seas scoundrels are no longer as prevalent in their pursuit of hegemonic dominance. The US is a declining power
    and with a financial debt burden of $20 trillion, it’s practically irreversible.

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