2023-11-24 | BY Hu Xin
This year, with the encouragement and support of extra-regional countries, some claimant countries have taken frequent unilateral and provocative actions, which have aggravated the volatility of the situation in the South China Sea. In this circumstance, China and ASEAN countries urgently need to consolidate and enhance political mutual trust under the framework of the DOC, continue to promote practical maritime cooperation in the South China Sea, contribute to the construction of regional maritime governance, and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the region.
2023-09-25 | BY Fu Ying
Recently, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) again started provocations over Huangyan Dao (also known as Scarborough Shoal). They have issued an announcement stating “strongly condemn the China Coast Guard’s (CCG’s) installation of floating barrier in the Southeast portion of Bajo de Masinloc (Huangyan Dao), which prevents Filipino Fishing Boats (FFBs) from entering the shoal and depriving them of their fishing and livelihood activities.” It is thus once again stirring up international attention on Huangyan Dao. To provide more information on Huangyan Dao and the related issues, we are posting a piece of work from Fu Ying’s book "Seeing the World 2" which gives a complete narration of the 2012 Huangyan Dao incident. This piece is excerpted from the book’s Chapter Five“Peace Issues in Asia", the first article " Huangyan Dao: What Actually Happened in 2012". We hope this will help the readers better understand the situation.
2023-09-14 | BY Chen Xiangmiao
The dispute between China and the Philippines over the Second Thomas shoal reflects one aspect of relevant disputes in the South China Sea, that is, conflicting territorial claims over some islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands, which is beyond the jurisdiction of the arbitral Tribunal for the so-called South China Sea Arbitration. Experience in Asia has proved that sincere and friendly dialogue and consultation between parties directly concerned is the best way to resolve relevant maritime and land disputes. The Philippines should work with China to be a model student of maritime dispute resolution instead of dragging down the development of the regional situation.
2023-07-31 | BY Zheng Zhihua
The South China Sea arbitration ruling is like a Sirens’ Song that mesmerizes Filipinos with its beauty and promise, unleashing conflicting emotions and desires, and driving some to madness and violence. The Philippines is ratcheting up its rhetoric and actions on the South China Sea, with increasingly strident statements, more frequent diplomatic protests, and more aggressive law enforcement measures. The Philippines has given the ruling a new level of significance, with Foreign Minister Manalo declaring on July 12, 2023.
In 2022, the issue of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing by the Vietnamese fishing boats in the SCS continued to be prominent, intensifying the maritime fishery disputes between maritime law enforcement institutes of Malaysia and Indonesia and Vietnamese fishermen. The Vietnamese government has taken steps to tackle IUU fishing in the SCS, but the results is modest. The sustainable development of marine fishery resources in the SCS concerns the vital interests of coastal states and fishermen. The Vietnamese government needs to continuously face up to the IUU fishing problem, taking effective measures to strengthen its fishery management, raising fishermen’s law-abiding awareness, enhancing the ability to inspect, control and supervise illegal fishing activities, and fulfilling corresponding international obligations.