1 APRIL 2014
Beijing refuses arbitration on South China Sea issue
China will neither accept nor participate in international arbitration unilaterally pushed forward by the Philippines on the South China Sea disputes, said a commentary published by the state-run People’s Daily on Tuesday
29 MARCH 2014
Philippine vessel evades China ‘blockade’ of disputed reef
A Philippine re-supply ship evaded a Chinese coastguard blockade in the South China Sea Saturday to reach Filipino soldiers based on a remote reef claimed by both countries, the military said
28 MARCH 2014
Philippines to defy China, pursue UN case on sea row
The Philippines said Friday it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the United Nations challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea
Beijing’s South China Sea strategies: consolidation and provocation
11 MARCH 2014
Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade
The Philippines has lodged a protest with China, accusing its coastguard of preventing two civilian vessels reaching sailors on a disputed shoal. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26524388
4 MARCH 2014
China warns neighbours on territorial disputes
China has called on the US to accept its growing security presence in east Asia and warned its neighbours that it would “respond effectively” to safeguard its territorial integrity amid simmering maritime disputes in the region
28 JANUARY 2014
Disputed islands are ours, Japan’s new textbooks claim
Japan risked further irking their close neighbors China and South Korea on Tuesday, when the government announced textbooks were being changed to make it clear that two sets of remote islands at the center of sovereignty disputes are integral parts of their territory
27 JANUARY 2014
Peace Is The Only Answer In China-Japan Island Dispute – Analysis
The East China Sea territorial dispute between China and Japan figured prominently in various geopolitical risk forecasts for 2014, and with good reason. Neither side shows any sign of standing down, and with every new military deployment near the contested area comes an increased risk of a small-scale military incident spiraling into war
11 JANUARY 2014
Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law
The Philippines and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign fishermen to seek Beijing’s approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, but China’s Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do so.
8 DECEMBER 2013
South Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone, Overlapping China’s
South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the new zone, which will take effect on December 15, will include Ieodo, a submerged reef in waters off the south coast, which China calls Suyan
6 DECEMBER 2013
China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines
China is taking the highly unusual step of refusing to participate in a United Nations arbitration process over a territorial conflict with the Philippines, one of five countries challenging Beijing’s claims of ownership over the oil-rich South China Sea.
29 NOVEMBER 2013
China scrambles jets in air zone to monitor US and Japanese planes
China says it scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese planes as they flew in its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea on Friday.
26 NOVEMBER 2013
Getting Senkaku History Right (A Japanese point of view)
Some of the claims to sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands don’t hold up well under scrutiny, argues Tadashi Ikeda.
25 NOVEMBER 2013
China slams ‘inappropriate’ U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan
China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of « misunderstanding and miscalculations. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/china-japan-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/china-lodges-complaint-against-us-and-japan-as-row-escalates-over-disputed-islands/
23 NOVEMBER 2013
China establishes ‘air-defence zone’ over East China Sea
China has demarcated an « air-defence identification zone » over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25062525 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-protests-new-china-air-defence-zone-2013112313117557543.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/23/china-air-defence-zone-sparks-fresh-row-with-japan/
13 NOVEMBER 2013
Hong Kong activists head to Spratlys in « fishing » trip
Hong Kong activists left Wednesday on what they called a « fishing » boat trip to disputed islands, more than a year after they sailed to another contested chain to assert China’s sovereignty
5 NOVEMBER 2013
How serious is the recent China-Japan verbal escalation ?
28 OCTOBER 2013
China Intensifies Press on Japan in East China Sea Dispute
China is stepping up pressure on Japan in a long-running maritime dispute, deploying Chinese vessels near contested East China Sea islands and accusing Japanese leaders of making provocative statements.
24 OCTOBER 2013
South China Sea: Manila backtracks on accusing Beijing of « imperialism”
Philippine President Aquino withdraws allegations that China wants to build on the Scarborough Shoal, a group of disputed islands . A sudden change of direction, which threatens to undermine the credibility of the executive long at loggerheads with Beijing. In recent days, short face-to- face meeting between Aquino and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
8 OCTOBER 2013
China ‘committed to safe passage in South China Sea’
Territorial disputes in the South China Sea have not affected global shipping trade in part due to China’s « deep care » in ensuring freedom and safety of navigation, said Li Keqiang, ahead of his first visit to the region as China’s Premier.
27 SEPTEMBER 2013
Japan’s Abe: No Concessions, but No Escalation in Islet Spat With China
Japan will make no concessions on sovereignty over Pacific islets also claimed by China, but will not make any moves to escalate the situation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Fridayaipei and Tokyo struck a fishing agreement in April covering the waters around the islands that has eased tensions.
30 AUGUST 2013
History the weak link in Beijing’s maritime claims
China says historical title supports its maritime claims. But did it really have sovereignty?
5 AUGUST 2013
China says no rush to sign maritime accord
China is in no rush to sign a proposed agreement on maritime rules with Southeast Asia which would govern behaviour in the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese foreign minister has said.
1 AUGUST 2013
China Condemns US Senate Over Sea Dispute Resolution
China said on Thursday it had lodged a formal complaint with the United States after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution expressing concern about Chinese actions in the disputed East and South China Seas.
18 JULY 2013
New reef rift hits China-Philippines ties
A fraught naval stand-off between a modern Chinese flotilla and a rusty Philippine hospital ship over a South China Sea shoal is undermining supposed regional progress towards a binding code of conduct over the waters. With Beijing’s military focused on fortifying its positions and Manila loathe to lose its gateway to untapped energy reserves, neither side is likely to back down. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180713.html
6 JULY 2013
China, India agree to step up border peace efforts: Xinhua
« The ministers emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two militaries, » General Chang Wanquan of China and A.K. Antony of India said in a joint statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358686/china-india-agree-to-step-up-border-peace-efforts-xinhua
4 JULY 2013
Chinese general warns India in border dispute, calls Philippines ‘troublemaker’
An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up “new trouble” in a long-running border dispute, just as New Delhi’s defense minister was set to visit Beijing. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79787/chinese-general-warns-india-in-border-dispute-calls-philippines-troublemaker
China Agrees to Discuss ‘Code of Conduct’ Rules
This week the Association of Southeast Asian Nations appeared to make progress on addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Following meetings in Brunei, the group announced that China had agreed to discuss a set of rules known as the “code of conduct” to avoid conflict in the disputed waters http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-south-china-sea-dispute-heads-to-beijing-for-talks/1694932.html http://www.asianewsnet.net/Koreas-to-meet-on-Gaeseong-48803.html
2 JULY 2013
China and its Neighbors
In recent years China’s claims in the South China Sea have provoked much regional tension with the Philippines and Vietnam, although while the Philippines and Vietnam also have conflicting claims between each other over most of the Spratly Islands, there has not been much tension between these two nations. Malaysia and Brunei, despite being also parties to the Spratlys dispute, have been keeping a low profile. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5539&Itemid=171
1 JULY 2013
US nudges China on sea disputes
US Secretary of State John Kerry nudged China on Monday to agree a code of conduct to prevent clashes in the South China Sea after the Philippines accused Beijing of a « massive » military build-up. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-nudges-china-on-sea/730674.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79351/us-pushes-code-of-conduct
24 JUNE 2013
China rejects Philippines’ illegal seizure of Ren’ai Reef: Chinese FM spokeswoman
China will not tolerate the seizure of the Ren’ai Reef, also known as the Second Thomas Shoal, which the country claims as its indisputable territory, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Monday. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130625000097&cid=1101
19 JUNE 2013
Russia declares neutrality in South China Sea disputes
Igor Morgulov, the Russian deputy foreign minister, says Moscow will stay out of the territorial disputes involving China, the Philippines and Vietnam over islands in the South China Sea, reports the state run Voice of Russia. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130619000137&cid=1101
14 JUNE 2013
Chinese Ships Enter Waters Claimed by Japan
Japanese maritime authorities say three Chinese government ships have sailed into waters around disputed islands controlled by Tokyo, for the first time since late May. http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-ships-enter-waters-claimed-by-japan/1681603.html
23 MAY 2013
China sent warship to break Philippine control of reef: Global Times
China sent a warship to a shoal in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea earlier this month because it was trying to stop the Philippines from trying to assert de facto control of the reef, according to the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130523000150&cid=1101
15 MAY 2013
Okinawa doesn’t belong to Japan, says hawkish PLA general
A hawkish Chinese general has possibly opened a Pandora’s box on territorial disputes in East Asia by saying that the Ryukyu Islands including Okinawa do not belong to Japan. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1238080/okinawa-doesnt-belong-japan-says-hawkish-pla-general
9 MAY 2013
Japan protests over Chinese article on Okinawa sovereignty
Japan has protested to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22460810
8 MAY 2013
China Daily publishes challenge to Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa
People’s Daily yesterday 8 published a call for a review of Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa, home to major US bases, with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1232998/china-should-reconsider-who-owns-okinawa-says-peoples-daily
2 MAY 2013
India, China remain at odds over alleged border incursion
Two weeks ago, Indian military officials announced with expressions of shock that a platoon of Chinese soldiers had crossed the de facto border between the giant neighbors and set up camp an unprecedented six miles into Indian-claimed territory, sparking a still-unresolved standoff. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-china-remain-at-odds-over-alleged-border-incursion/2013/05/02/dd9c0150-b324-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html
26 APRIL 2013
China slams Philippines over disputed islands
China on Friday hit out at the Philippines’ attempt to seek an international verdict on a territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea, repeating that it would never give up its claims. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-slams-philippines-over-disputed-is/654032.html
23 APRIL 2013
Japan threatens China over disputed islands landings
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed on Tuesday to « expel by force » any attempt by China to land on the disputed Senkaku Islands, after eight state-owned Chinese ships sailed into the territorial waters surrounding the archipelago. http://www.france24.com/en/20130423-china-japan-senkaku-islands-territorial-dispute http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-pm-vows-to-expel-by-force-any-chin/648614.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134234352877776.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22260140
India asks China to withdraw troops at disputed border
India’s foreign ministry said Tuesday it had asked China to withdraw troops who have allegedly advanced into disputed territory claimed by New Delhi in a remote area of the Himalayas. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130423-417952.html
26 MARCH 2013
Vietnam accuses China over South China Sea ‘trawler attack’
Vietnam has accused a Chinese vessel of firing on a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea and setting its cabin alight, reigniting tensions in the region over competing claims to the gas-rich waters. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/vietnam-accuses-china-south-china-sea http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/27/china-denies-fire-vietnamese-boat
7 FEBRUARY 2013
Japan and China move closer to war over Senkaku Islands
The conflict over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea – five small and uninhabited islands and three rocks http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&discussionID=211767777&gid=1569157&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_nd-pst_ttle-cn&ut=15_Jz6YPVAXlA1
2 FEBRUARY 2013
Japan PM Vows to Protect Disputed Islands from China
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to defend disputed islands from incursions by China, after a series of confrontations at sea. http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-pm-vows-to-protect-disputed-islands-from-china/1595783.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251817/1/.html http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Disputed-Senkaku-/-Diaoyu-islands-to-be-defended-“at-any-cost”-says-Japanese-27034.html
1 FEBRUARY 2013
China opposes taking sea disputes to UN: FM
China has reiterated its opposition to the Philippines’ request to take South China Sea disputes to a UN tribunal, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/02/01/china-opposes-taking-sea-disputes-to-un-fm/
25 JANUARY 2013
Time to bridge Sino-Indian border differences
The Sino-Indian border dispute in India’s eastern sector is one of the most intractable land conflicts. The quarrel has entangled China and India since 1949, and resulted in the 1962 border war which saw India defeated at the hands of China. Both countries have entered negotiations, but « incompatibilities » are constantly stalling the process http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/OA25Df02.html
23 JANUARY 2013
Manila wants to take Beijing before a UN tribunal over the South China Sea
The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila-wants-to-take-Beijing-before-a-UN-tribunal-over-the-South-China-Sea-26946.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21163507 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/23/world/north-korea-angered-over-u-n-rocket-vote/
22 JANUARY 2013
Philippines takes China to UN tribunal
The Philippines has taken the step of bringing its West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) territorial disputes to China before an Arbitral Tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to achieve a peaceful and durable solution to the disputes, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario announced. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippines-takes-China-to-UN-tribunal-41801.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21137144
21 JANUARY 2013
China says US culpable in Japan island dispute
China said Monday that the U.S. has “undeniable historical responsibility” in Beijing’s dispute with Japan over islands in the East China Sea, marking the second straight day that it has pinned some of the blame for the tensions on Washington. http://asiancorrespondent.com/95853/china-says-us-culpable-in-japan-island-dispute/
18 JANUARY 2013
The risks of a clash between China and Japan are rising—and the consequences could be calamitous http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21569740-risks-clash-between-china-and-japan-are-risingand-consequences-could-be?fsrc=nlw%7Chig%7C1-17-2013%7C4637731%7C37445794%7C&goback=%2Egde_108552_member_205694894 http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21569757-armed-clashes-over-trivial-specks-east-china-sea-loom-closer-drums-war
12 JANUARY 2013
Tensions over the Senkaku/Diaoyu feed the winds of war between Tokyo and Beijing
China scrambles two fighter planes to the disputed islands, complaining that Japanese planes disturbed its normal patrols. For Japanese prime minister, sovereignty over the atolls is not negotiable. Military expert says the East China Sea is becoming a potential source of crisis; “it’s possible that the two countries could exchange fire”.
11 JANUARY 2013
New Japan PM: China’s island dispute moves ‘wrong’
Reaffirming his hawkish stance on China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan will not negotiate with Beijing over a contested cluster of uninhabited islands and that China was “wrong” for allowing violent protests over the territorial dispute. http://asiancorrespondent.com/95259/new-japan-pm-chinas-island-dispute-moves-wrong/
9 JANUARY 2013
ASEAN seeks talks with Beijing to settle South China Sea disputes
This is the aim of the organisation’s new secretary general, Vietnam’s Le Luong Minh, who wants a new round of discussions to reach a global code of conduct. Rules on navigation and borders are not only a regional issue, but something vital for everyone http://www.asianews.it/news-en/ASEAN-seeks-talks-with-Beijing-to-settle-South-China-Sea-disputes-26816.html
31 DECEMBER 2012
Chinese fishing boat ‘detained in Japan’
Japan’s coastguard has detained a Chinese fishing boat within Japanese waters, China’s Xinhua news agency said, citing the Chinese consulate general in Fukuoka, a city in southwestern Japan. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121231443436671.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20873208
Three China ships in waters around disputed islands: Japan
Three Chinese government ships on Monday 31 entered territorial waters around East China Sea islands at the centre of a dispute with Tokyo, Japan’s coastguard said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245302/1/.html
21 DECEMBER 2012
Bill confirms U.S. backing on Senkakus / ‘Security treaty applies to isles’ in Okinawa
The U.S. Congress has approved a defense policy bill for fiscal 2013, which reconfirms the Senkaku Islands are subject to Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. security treaty obliging the United States to defend Japan in case of hostilities.
21 DECEMBER 2012
China’s other territorial dispute: Baekdu Mountain
With disputes brewing in the East and South China Seas, there is another piece of contested territory in Asia that could pose some serious problems…
14 DECEMBER 2012
China submits East China Sea islands claim to UN
China has submitted to the UN a detailed explanation of its claims to a disputed area of the East China Sea.
13 DECEMBER 2012
Japan accuses China of airspace violation in island row
Japan has lodged a formal protest with China after a Chinese plane reportedly flew close to islands claimed by both countries. http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/13/japan-accuses-china-of-airspace-violation-in-islands-row/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20707760
6 DECEMBER 2012
China warns India on oil exploration
China has warned India to stop oil exploration in the South China Sea after New Delhi’s Navy chief said he was prepared to send ships there to protect its interests.
Beijing Rebukes Hanoi on Oil
China on Thursday warned Vietnam to end exploration of oil and gas deposits in disputed areas of the South China Sea and to stop harassing its fishing boats, as tensions escalate between the two nations over the maritime row
3 DECEMBER 2012
Indian navy prepared to deploy to South China Sea to protect oil interests
The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India’s oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121203-387407.html
2 DECEMBER 2012
The India–China border dispute: re-thinking the past to claim the future
New Delhi’s special representative to the Sino–Indian boundary negotiations, Shiv Shankar Menon, is due to arrive in the Chinese capital in early December.
30 NOVEMBER 2012
Philippines criticises ‘dictatorial’ China
The Philippines has accused China of being « dictatorial » over plans to keep ships stationed in the disputed Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea
29 NOVEMBER 2012
New Chinese Law Allows for Search, Expulsion of Foreign Ships
China will soon allow border police to board and search foreign ships that enter what Beijing considers its territorial waters in the disputed South China Se
Philippines will not stamp new Chinese passport
The Philippines has become the latest country to say it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea that Manila says shows its territory
26 NOVEMBER 2012
« Imperialist » map in China’s new passport angers Hanoi and Delhi
In its new travel papers, Beijing incorporates big swathes of the South China Sea and the Himalaya, not to mention Taiwan. In response, India is issuing Chinese citizens with visas embossed with New Delhi’s own maps. Vietnam is issuing visas on separate documents. Growing tensions could further escalate, analysts and experts warn. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Imperialist-map-in-China’s-new-passport-angers-Hanoi-and-Delhi-26458.html
22 NOVEMBER 2012
Philippines Protests Depiction of Disputed Islands on New Chinese Passports
The Philippines is protesting China’s depiction of its claims over the entire South China Sea in an image of a map printed on new Chinese passports
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-protests-depiction-of-disputed-islands-on-new-chinese-passports/1550883. html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211229560658870.html
20 NOVEMBER 2012
No Asean unity in sea row with China
Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) decided on Sunday to ask China to start formal talks “as soon as possible” on crafting a legally binding code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) aimed at preventing violence over disputed territories
6 NOVEMBER 2012
A way ahead in the South China Sea
A great deal of unrealistic hope has been invested in the notion that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will form a bulwark against China’s expansion into Southeast Asian waters. It has been thought that braced by China’s claim of « indisputable sovereignty » over « relevant waters » that apparently reach nearly to Singapore, ASEAN states would articulate a common interest and draw a line that non-regional powers such as Japan, Australia, India and in particular the United States could support. However, ASEAN operates on the principles of consensus and non-confrontational bargaining, in this instance a fatal flaw. Four of its 10 members – Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand – have consistently given priority to preserving cozy bilateral relations
5 NOVEMBER 2012
Philippines pushes sea row at Asia-Europe summit
The Philippines on Monday pushed its call for an international solution to overlapping claims in the South China Sea at an Asia-Europe summit, saying vital global shipping lanes were at stake.
3 NOVEMBER 2012
The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute: can China and Japan trust one another?
China and Japan’s dispute over sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands is getting more and more complicated. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/03/the-senkakudiaoyu-dispute-can-china-and-japan-trust-one-another/
29 OCTOBER 2012
The real reason China-Japan are locked in a territory dispute
As China and Japan spar over control of a group of tiny islets in the sea between them, the deeper issue is really the question of which of Asia’s two biggest economies will gain control first of the valuable oil and natural gas located there.
23 OCTOBER 2012
Chinese Strategic Miscalculations in the South China Sea
How China handles its territorial disputes in the South China Sea, writes Hoang Anh Tuan, will determine whether it will ascend to superpower status or not. Its handling of sovereignty disputes with some of its neighbors, however, has already weakened its standing in the Far East and beyond.
3 OCTOBER 2012
Ambassador: Diaoyu Islands are Chinese
British newspaper The Daily Telegraph’s website on Wednesday published an article written by the Chinese ambassador to Britain that states the « purchase » of the Diaoyu Islands by the Japanese government is invalid, and nothing can change the fact the islands are the territory of China.
Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan
Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day Wednesday, Japanese coastguards said
29 SEPTEMBER 2012
China escalates row with Japan over disputed islands
China has broadcast footage on state television showing its armed forces conducting military exercises with real weapons above a small island. It is not clear when the video was made, but it has further aggravated the dispute between China and Japan over a small group of islands that are claimed by both countries.
27 SEPTEMBER 2012
China accuses Japan of stealing islands
China has taken a bitter territorial dispute with Japan to the UN General Assembly, with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi accusing Tokyo of stealing disputed islands.
Japan vows no compromise on islands row
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has insisted that there could be no compromise with China on the ownership of a disputed island chain and denounced attacks on Japanese interests. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120927004054.htm
22 SEPTEMBER 2012
China Mends Fences in Sea Dispute
Following much prodding and diplomacy, China appears to be showing some flexibility in its approach towards drawing up a code of conduct with the Southeast Asian nations aimed at avoiding clashes over competing territorial claims in the vast sea, diplomats in the region told RFA
20 SEPTEMBER 2012
Dangerous Rocks: Can both sides back off peacefully?
The territorial dispute between Japan and China over the rocky outcrops, known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyu in China, has escalated beyond expectations as both governments have upped the ante and domestic politics constrains room for maneuver.
19 SEPTEMBER 2012
The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands
A interesting Taiwanese point of view based on historic texts
China’s « U-shaped Line » in the South China Sea
China’s claims to the disputed islands in the South China Sea and their inclusion on a map that depicts a U-shaped line that comes perilously close to the coastal waters of the countries that abut the sea, have given rise to concern and debate about the line’s meaning. At stake are billions of dollars in fishing and mineral rights that all of the parties to the debate each claim as their own
16 SEPTEMBER 2012
China to submit claims of continental shelf to UN
Beijing announced on Sunday it will submit a partial submission concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf to the United Nations in its latest move to defend its maritime sovereignty
Anti-Japan outcry escalates in China
There have been more ugly scenes outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing, where Chinese demonstrators have been protesting over a group of disputed islands for a second day running
15 SEPTEMBER 2012
Anti-Japan protests hit China cities amid island row
Angry protesters have staged sometimes violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in cities across China, amid escalating tensions over disputed islands in the East China Se
14 SEPTEMBER 2012
Defying Japan, China sends ships to disputed islands
Six Chinese ships entered waters surrounding a disputed island chain claimed by both China and Japan on Friday amid deteriorating relations between the two regional powers, prompting Japan to summon its Chinese ambassador in protes
http://www.france24.com/en/20120914-china-defies-japan-sending-ships-disputed-islands-diaoyu-senkaku http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201291445921803663.html http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49027621/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
12 SEPTEMBER 2012
History proves Diaoyu islands are China’s territory
A Chinese point of view
11 SEPTEMBER 2012
Japan buys islands at center of row with China
The Japanese government has bought three uninhabitated islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with China, officials said on Tuesday, furthering heightening tensions between Asia’s two economic giants http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/11/japan-buys-islands-at-centre-of-row-with-china/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-09/11/content_15748704.htm
3 SEPTEMBER 2012
Clinton calls for ASEAN unity on S China Sea
Hillary Clinton has asked Southeast Asian states to present a united front to the Chinese in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea
1 SEPTEMBER 2012
Vietnam slams China’s island oil bid call
Viet Nam protests against China’s plan to invite international bidding for oil block 65/12, about 3 nautical miles off Cay (Tree) Island of Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi
30 AUGUST 2012
What’s behind the China – Japan island dispute?
The dispute over the Senkaku Islands, five islets and three rocky outcroppings, revolves around who got there first. China calls them the Diaoyu Islands and dates its authority there to the 14th century. Japan annexed them in 1895 after finding them uninhabited. Here’s a basic breakdown of the dispute.
26 AUGUST 2012
Territorial row sparks protests in China
Chinese protesters took to the streets on Sunday 26, to reassert their country’s claim to a disputed group of islands
19 AUGUST 2012
Chinese Take to Streets as Japan Dispute Escalates
Anti-Japanese protests spread across China over the weekend, and the landing of Japanese activists on a disputed island on Sunday sharply intensified tensions between the two countries. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/world/asia/japanese-activists-display-flag-on-disputed-island.html?_r=1&ref=asia
18 AUGUST 2012
Japan boats head for disputed islands as China protests
Japanese politicians have set sail for a group of disputed islands, in the teeth of protests by China which claims them for its own http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-1930393 1http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281885821962701.html
15 AUGUST 2012
Japan arrests Hong Kong activists in islands row
Japanese police have arrested five Hong Kong activists who landed on disputed islands, reports say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19264633 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1220325/1/.html
27 JULY 2012
Japan may send troops to disputed islands
Japan’s defence minister on Friday warned Tokyo could send troops to a chain of East China Sea islands at the centre of a territorial row with China if the simmering dispute escalated
26 JULY 2012
Chinese fishing fleet closes in on Pag-asa Island
A fleet of 20 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be escorted by at least two naval frigates of the People’s Liberation Army has been deployed around Pag-asa Island in a move likely to escalate tensions over disputed territories in the Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and China.
24 JULY 2012
China declares new city to assert control over South China Sea
China founded a new city on Tuesday more than 200 miles from the mainland, in a bid to cement control over 800,000 squares miles of the South China Sea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9423098/China-declares-new-city-to-assert-control-over-South-China-Sea.html
Vietnam, Philippines slam China garrison plan
Vietnam and the Philippines lashe out at China’s moves to establish a military garrison in the South China Sea, amid escalating tensions in the disputed waters.
18 JULY 2012
Indonesia steps in to mediate South China sea dispute
Appealing for calm over the South China Sea disputes, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dispatched his foreign minister to several Asean capitals to search for a consensus on the way forward to deal with the issue, particularly with China
17 JULY 2012
Japan tests China’s eastern flank
As tensions continue to swirl in the South China Sea, pressure is also building on China’s eastern flank. The recent escalation of a long-standing dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands highlights significant regional and global changes in the balance of power. Waves from the stormy waters between China and Japan are being felt throughout the world.
11 JULY 2012
Japan summons China’s ambassador over islands dispute
Cheng Yonghua, the Chinese ambassador to Japan, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday and informed by Kenichiro Sasae, the vice foreign minister, that the violation of Japanese territorial waters is « extremely serious » and « unacceptable. » http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9391842/Japan-summons-Chinas-ambassador-over-islands-dispute.html
26 JUNE 2012
Representation lodged to Tokyo over islands
Beijing has lodged a solemn representation to Tokyo over local Japanese lawmakers’ activities in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday 26.
21 JUNE 2012
China says Vietnam claim to islands ‘null and void’
China on Thursday 21 « vehemently opposed » a new Vietnamese law asserting sovereignty over islands in disputed waters, the latest escalation in tensions over the resource-rich South China Sea.
19 JUNE 2012
China ships stay in Panatag Shoal
China has no immediate plans of pulling out its vessels at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Chinese Embassy said Monday 18. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40487/china-not-pulling-out-7-vessels-around-scarborough-shoal
18 JUNE 2012
Beijing and Manila Ease Tensions in South China Sea
Chinese fishing boats near the disputed Scarborough Shoal off the Philippine coast were heading back to port Monday after Philippine vessels withdrew from the same area in a short-term easing of tensions in the South China Sea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/world/asia/beijing-and-manila-ease-tensions-in-south-china-sea.html?_r=1&ref=asia
14 JUNE 2012
Scarborough Shoal: It’s PH map vs China map
Old maps, which some government officials believe may hold the key to the Philippines’ claim to Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), were the created by foreign missionaries and colonial explorers, making them “personal and unofficial,” according to a report posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City.
24 MAY 2012
Philippines accuses China of flaring tensions further
The Philippines yesterday accused China of flaring tensions anew by sending more government and fishing vessels to Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal despite ongoing talks to resolve the two-month-old standoff. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the number of Chinese vessels at Scarborough Shoal increased to 92 from 77 on Tuesday 22
11 MAY 2012
Filipinos protest at China embassy over ‘bullying’
Hundreds of Filipinos demonstrated outside the Chinese embassy in the Philippines on Friday over an escalating territorial row, with the protesters denouncing China’s rulers as arrogant bullies http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/11/world/asia/philippines-china-dispute/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120511-345343.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18030805
28 APRIL 2012
Peace lies beyond the South China Sea horizon
The ongoing standoff between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal (Huangyan Island in Chinese) is again focusing the international spotlight on the long-standing territorial disputes between China and a number of claimant states in the South China Sea
23 APRIL 2012
Scarborough belongs to PH, old maps show
Old maps dating back to Spanish colonial times may hold the key to the claim of the Philippines to Scarborough Shoal
19 APRIL 2012
China rejects Philippines’ attempt to internationalise shoal dispute
China rejected a request by the Philippines yesterday 18 to take a maritime dispute to an international court, as Beijing sent a major ship to beef up patrols in the South China Sea.
17 APRIL 2012
China to Philippines: Quit Scarborough Shoal
China has asked all Philippine vessels to leave immediately Panatag Shoal and sent a second aircraft buzzing over the area to scare away Filipino fishermen, officials said Tuesday 17
Great game in the South China Sea
On April 5, Russian energy giant Gazprom plunged into the maritime dispute between Vietnam and China with the announcement it would help state-owned PetroVietnam develop a lucrative off-shore energy field. By taking a major stake in the 5.2 and 5.3 blocks located in the Nam Con Son basin, Gazprom brings both exploration know-how and Russian political clout to the deal
13 APRIL 2012
Will the South China Sea Lead to War?
Russia’s South China Sea Exploration complicates matters even more
Hidden depths in South China Sea tensions
Disputes over the South China Sea must be conducted and solved peacefully. This sentence summarizes most statements released by government officials after bilateral or multilateral meetings on the issue, but also highlights the absence of a real political will and the continuing unpredictability and instability in the region
11 APRIL 2012
Philippine navy in standoff with China ships
The Philippines has summoned China’s ambassador in Manila after two Chinese ships blocked a Philippine Navy vessel from arresting Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea.
21 MARCH 2012
Beijing to boost surveillance in East and South China Seas
Behind the banner of protecting « territorial sovereignty », a battle is underway for control of natural resources. The Chinese Navy intercepts a Japanese ship, seizes two Vietnamese fishing trawlers off the Paracel Islands. A ransom is asked for the release of their release
17 MARCH 2012
China defends surveillance near Diaoyu Islands
China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday defended recent maritime surveillance activities, describing the activities of patrol boats located near the Diaoyu Islands as « lawful, » following Japan’s accusation that China’s patrol vessel « briefly crossed into its waters. »
29 FEBRUARY 2012
Philippines to defy China and expand oil search
The Philippines said Wednesday it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas exploration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a fresh Chinese warning
21 JANUARY 2012
China, Vietnam drift in South China Sea
In the wake of a major maritime ruckus last spring, hopes of a deal between China and Vietnam are rising in the South China Sea
8 JANUARY 2012
China accused by Philippines of Spratlys intrusion
The Philippines has accused China of intruding into its waters around the disputed Spratly islands after three ships were spotted in December
18 NOVEMBER 2011
China cautions ‘outside forces’ on sea issue
China cautions ‘outside forces’ on sea issue. Wen, who spoke on Friday at the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, gave a veiled warning to the US and others not
to interfere in the sensitive issue.
10 NOVEMBER 2011
Philippines roils South China Sea
Tensions are rising again as China and the Philippines bump boats and trade diplomatic barbs over the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Adding fuel to the fire were recent « war games » staged by 3,000 American and Filipino marines near the hotly disputed maritime territory. The latest row was sparked by alleged intrusions into each other’s claimed area in the potentially oil-and-gas rich chain of islands, where more than 50% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage passes each year. It also comes ahead of a crucial East Asian Summit meeting later this month in Bali, Indonesia where world leaders will be in attendance and the issue on the agenda
17 OCTOBER 2011
Nations vow to talk on South China Sea
China and Vietnam pledged to ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea, and keep calm and restrained rather than take any action that will complicate and expand disputes, according to a joint statement issued on Saturday as Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary
Nguyen Phu Trong concluded his China visit.
16 OCTOBER 2011
‘China must prevent reckless Indian ambition in S China Sea’
Beijing appears to be upset with the oil and gas exploration deal struck by India and Vietnam in the resource-rich South China Sea with a leading state-run newspaper warning that it was a “reckless attempt to confront China. “Just one day after signing an agreement on ground rules to resolve maritime disputes in Beijing, Hanoi reached an agreement with New Delhi for joint exploration. It is hard to tell if this shows a double-dealing mentality from Hanoi,” Global Times said in a stinging editorial on the just-concluded Indo-Vietnamese pact on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea
11 OCTOBER 2011
China and Vietnam sign deal on South China Sea dispute
The deal outlines a series of measures, including a hotline to deal with emergencies and a provision for authorities from both countries to meet twice a year.
1 SEPTEMBER 2011
China warns off Indian ship in South China Sea
India Thursday called for principles of international aw to be respected after an Indian warship sailing near Vietnam was told by China to change course – orders it ignored.
3 AUGUST 2011
Choppy waters ahead in South China Sea
The Philippines Wednesday (August 3) dismissed a tough Chinese warning, insisting it would go ahead with plans to explore for oil in the disputed waters.
19 JULY 2011
South China Sea dispute
Rival countries have squabbled over territory in the South China Sea for centuries – but a recent upsurge in tension has sparked concern that the area is becoming a flashpoint with global consequences.
7 JULY 2011
Sino-Filipino meeting over South China Sea fails
China’s foreign minister fails to find common ground with the Philippines’ secretary of state who is visiting China. Their discussions centred on the Spratly and Paracel Islands. A huge anti-Chinese demonstration is planned for tomorrow in Manila and the main cities of the United States, Canada and Australia
26 JUNE 2011
Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute
20 JUNE 2011
Singapore urges China to clarify South China Seas claim
Singapore has called on China to clarify its claims in the South China Sea following recent confrontations with Vietnam and the Philippines.
15 JUNE 2011
China’s Ominous South China Sea Claims
The confrontation between China and Vietnam is a confrontation over ownership of the whole body of water
Vietnam to continue maritime oil exploration despite China dispute
State-owned oil company Petrovietnam (PVN) said it would continue oil exploration in the South China Sea as planned, state media reported Wednesday (June 15), despite simmering tensions with China.
13 JUNE 2011
Vietnam in live-fire drill amid South China Sea row
Vietnam is holding live-fire drills in the South China Sea amid high tensions with China over disputed waters.
12 JUNE 2011
Spratlys row a test of Philippine president’s mettle
The celebration on Sunday (June 12) of the 113th anniversary of Philippine independence was resonant with the theme of national sovereignty, but it was drowned out by messages concerning the territorial conflict over disputed islands in the South China Sea, including those claimed
by the Philippines.
10 JUNE 2011
China’s Territorial Disputes with India
8 JUNE 2011
Sea dispute a real test for China
A Chinese point of view:
6 JUNE 2011
The battle for the South China Sea
Who owns the world’s busiest shipping lane and what lies below the surface that is causing growing tensions?http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/countingthecost/2011/06/20116373125702906.html
5 JUNE 2011
China pledges peaceful solution to South China Sea conflict
China pledges a peaceful solution of territorial disputes in the South China Sea after the long-running conflict escalated in recent weeks with allegations of aggressive activity by Chinese vessels.
21 APRIL 2011
Philippines ‘invaded’ Spratlys in 1970s, China tells UN
China countered a Philippine diplomatic protest at the United Nations by saying it has indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly islands that the Southeast Asian country “started to invade” in the 1970s.
11 OCTOBER 2011
China’s South China Sea Claim
Bilateral or multilateral? Internationalisation or de-internationalisation?
For months, concern has been growing over China’s aggressiveness in claiming a major portion of the South China Sea as its own lake, most recently through the deployment of a flotilla of some of its most modern warships into the Spratly archipelago on a three-week military exercise.
2 JUNE 2011
Abide by UN pact, China told
In the face of Beijing’s recalcitrant rejection of Philippine protests over its alleged illegal incursions into the country’s territorial waters, officials on Thursday called on China and other claimants to the Spratly island group to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).
29 MAY 2011
Vietnam protests to China over damage to seismic survey ship
Vietnam protests to China over damage allegedly caused to a Vietnam seismic survey ship by Chinese patrol vessels.
28 MAY 2011
New clash in South China Sea
Vietnam has accused China of escalating the long-running dispute over control of the South China Sea after three Chinese patrol boats confronted and damaged an oil exploration ship operated by PetroVietnam, the state-owned oil and gas company.
China reprimands Vietnam over offshore oil exploration
China criticized Vietnam on Saturday for its offshore exploration of oil and gas in the contested South China Sea after Hanoi complained that three Chinese patrol boats had challenged a Vietnamese ship.
6 NOVEMBRE 2010
Protests in Tokyo follow appearance of video showing Chinese boat’s collision with coastguard vessels on September 7
Here is one of the videos
11 OCTOBER 2010
China’s South China Sea Claim
Bilateral or multilateral? Internationalisation or de-internationalisation?
For months, concern has been growing over China’s aggressiveness in claiming a major portion of the South China Sea as its own
lake, most recently through the deployment of a flotilla of some of its most modern warships into the Spratly archipelago on a three-week military exercise.
8 DECEMBER 2009
Calculated ambiguity in the South China Sea
Where China claims to many places in the South China Sea, such as the Nansha, Xisha and Zongsha islands, other claimants – including Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines – have competing claims to island groups and individual islands. They are referred to variously as the Spratly
12 MAY 2009
China asserts sea border claims on South China Sea
A UN commission hoping to agree new maritime boundaries looks set to pit China against some of its neighbours. China claims that a series of island chains in the South China Sea are part of its sovereign territory – but so do several other countries
(see map below)