Beijing sets the pace on South China Sea

Under pressure after an worldwide tribunal struck down its claim over the disputed South China Sea (SCS), China today welcomed President Vladimir Putin's remarks that Russian Federation supports Beijing's stance on the issue and opposes any third-party interference. "The landmark arbitration in July which is binding helped clarify maritime rights in the region".

"I recognise this raises tensions, but I also look forward to discussing how we can constructively move forward together to lower tensions and promote diplomacy and regional stability", he said at the annual Asean-US Summit yesterday.

In backing the Chinese position, Putin also says any intervention by countries outside the region will only interrupt the steps needed to solve disputes in the South China Sea.

The South China Sea issue will remain a source of conflict between China and the United States and also between China and neighboring countries.

Sep. 8: In an apparent warning to China, U.S. President Barack Obama has said all ASEAN members agreed that Beijing should uphold the verdict of The Hague arbitration tribunal on the South China Sea dispute with the Philippines as it is "legal and binding".

Later at a press conference, Mr Obama said he and the Asean leaders discussed the importance of "claimants adhering to steps they've already agreed including respecting worldwide law, not militarising disputed areas and not occupying uninhabited islands, reefs and shoals".

Li did not elaborate much on this, but such wording is typically used by Chinese leaders "to refer to not allowing countries from outside the region with no direct involvement in the dispute, like the United States, from getting involved".

Li reiterated China's diplomatic principles that all countries, big or small, are all equal, should respect each other, and seek common ground and shelve differences.

"China and ASEAN nations have the full wisdom and ability to manage the South China Sea issue", Li said. Two or more countries are said to have touched on the court of arbitration ruling during the meeting.

This indicates that Beijing will try to delay the negotiations by citing US military ship patrols and other activities as an excuse.

The ASEAN leaders had also said that their summit "took note of the concerns expressed by some leaders on the land reclamations and escalation of activities in the area, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region". That has pitted it against the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, all members of ASEAN, which have overlapping claims.

The illegal construction of artificial islands on reefs in the Spratly and Paracel Islands - Philippine and Vietnamese territory - are widely considered a violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Related Articles

  • NASA asteroid mission hopes to learn origins of life on Earth

    According to ancient mythology, Bennu was the manifestation of the god Osiris on Earth, taking the form of a heron-a slender bird. That cuts down on the travel time for Osiris-Rex and, via its proximity to the sun, keeps its solar wings energized.
    'Luiz not yet ready for return' - Conte

    'Luiz not yet ready for return' - Conte

    When asked about the physical conditions of his squad, Conte added: "I am happy because I saw all the players with good fitness". And Conte is keen to remain focused on Chelsea , while maintaining an interest in the outcome of the Manchester derby.
    Hillary Clinton Rips Donald Trump for Praise of Vladimir Putin

    Hillary Clinton Rips Donald Trump for Praise of Vladimir Putin

    Clinton's second "Stronger Together" speech will be in California on Tuesday, Palmieri said. A CBS News poll released last weekend found Clinton leading Trump by four in the state.
  • Wenger hopes Arsenal play catch-up in title race

    Wenger hopes Arsenal play catch-up in title race

    Mustafi played the full 90 minutes, while fellow debutant Lucas Perez was withdrawn in the second half for Olivier Giroud. Iwobi cupped a thigh injury during the first game of the season against Liverpool.
    Florida Teen Charged With Being Fake Doctor Arrested in Virginia

    Florida Teen Charged With Being Fake Doctor Arrested in Virginia

    They say the elderly woman with Love-Robinson didn't know she'd been listed as a co-signer on the loan application for the auto . Sheriff's officials say they are still investigating, and Love-Robinson is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
    No. 9 Georgia turns to freshman QB Eason against Nicholls

    No. 9 Georgia turns to freshman QB Eason against Nicholls

    Fans are hoping that Kirby Smart's first victory as the head coach of the Bulldogs sets the tone for the rest of the season. Another freshman, Elijah Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield, was held out with an ankle injury.
  • Peter Gabriel to Debut New Track from Oliver Stone's Upcoming Film "Snowden"

    What they're doing is illegal and they keep doing it. "And it gets better and better, what they do, so this a very upsetting story".

    House conservatives serve notice to Ryan _ and Clinton

    Trump has based his foreign policy beliefs on keeping the USA out of what he called "endless wars" in the Middle East. Clinton went on to say that some of these people were "irredeemable" and "not America".
    Jamie Murray makes fourth career Grand Slam final at US Open

    Jamie Murray makes fourth career Grand Slam final at US Open

    "They're the best team this year, defending champions, playing an awesome level, but I thought we did extremely well". I get quite emotional talking about it". "My mum has done some fantastic things".
  • Saints: Three Bold predictions vs. Raiders

    The Oakland Raiders got off to a decent 4-3 start in 2015 before dropping three straight games and ending with a 7-9 record. Also, starting linebacker Dannell Ellerbe lists as a day-to-day with a quad injury, per the team's official website .
    History To Air Special on 9/11 American Flag

    History To Air Special on 9/11 American Flag

    They enlisted a crime lab in Washington state, which confirmed that the flag was embedded with dust particles from the 9/11 site. Schneck also compared the flag with high-resolution images captured 15 years ago by newspaper photographer Thomas E.

    Taylor Swift sings to ex Calvin Harris' single at NY Fashion Week

    She also expressed her gratitude to her BFF for showing up at the Tommy Hilfiger show despite the singer's busy schedule. Anwar Hadid, Taylor Swift, Martha Hunt and Lewis Hamilton sitting front row during the Tommy Hilfiger show.