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2019/06/28 | Michael Beltran
Not so Strong Man: Duterte Buckles Under Chinese Pressure Amid Maritime Row
Officials in the Philippines initially came on strong demanding China be sanctioned for an incident at Recto Bank, while Duterte kept his lips sealed. Days later Duterte finally dismissed the whole thing as 'a little maritime accident' and the administration fell in line, much to the ire of citizens. But — asks Michael Beltran — who is pulling whose strings here?
2018/09/23 | East Asia Forum
ANALYSIS: Among Filipinos, Duterte's China Policy Is Still a Dud
Over 80 percent of Filipinos reject the administration's policy to allow a Chinese presence in the West Philippine Sea.
2018/07/31 | East Asia Forum
ANALYSIS: China and ASEAN Prepare to Play Nice in South China Sea
ASEAN's member states must firmly defend their interests as they enter into negotiations with China over a framework for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
2018/07/09 | Michael Beltran
The Duterte Doublespeak: Exploring the Philippine President’s Long List of Lies
From backpedaling on promises to resign to ceding ground against China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is becoming known for playing fast and loose with the truth.
Did Duterte Give Up on the South China Sea Dispute?
Under Duterte’s watch, ASEAN lost a crucial opportunity to hold China to account.
2016/02/18 | TNL 編輯
China Deploys Missiles On South China Sea Island
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said it has confirmed that surface-to-air missiles have been deployed by the Chinese military on Woody Island in the disputed South China Sea. While China considers its move to be appropriate and reasonable, the deployment has raised concerns in the region.
US Sends Navy Destroyer into the Paracel Islands in Response to South China Sea Dispute
China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea has constantly aroused concerns of militarization. Though multiple countries claim partial sovereignty in the area, the US Pentagon sent a navy destroyer to Triton Island on January 30, and stated that the region should be taken as international waters.
2015/12/09 | Yuan
The US to Deploy Anti-Submarine Aircraft P-8 Poseidon in Singapore in Response to China’s Expansion in the South China Sea
China's Foreign Ministry Spokespeople Hua Chun-ying responded that China believes that US's enhancement in military deployment and promoting military actions in the region is not in accordance with the mutual and long-term interests of both countries. The Chinese government hopes relevant countries will take actions that can truly safeguard regional peace and other developments.
Chinese People Living in Four Locations Believe Singapore's Society to be Most Progressed
A survey directed towards Chinese living in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore shows that the Chinese in these four locations consider Singapore's society to be the most progressed. After experiencing the General Election in 2015, the satisfaction rate of the government has improved a lot compared to two years ago, from being relatively dissatisfied to very satisfied.
Indonesia Could Take China to International Court over South China Sea Dispute
Beijing's claim to almost the entire South China Sea is shown on Chinese maps with a nine-dash line that stretches deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, including parts of the Indonesian-held Natuna islands. However, Indonesia thinks that the claim has no legal basis.
ASEAN Defense Chief Fails to Reach Consensus over South China Sea Dispute
The ASEAN defense forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has failed to sign a joint declaration due to the lack of consensus among the attending countries. An US official says it's because the US and China have differences over mentioning the South China Sea dispute in the declaration. On the other hand, China pointed out that the failure was due to certain Southeast Asian countries leaning towards Japan and the US.
2015/10/27 | Yuan
USS Lassen to Sail into Disputed Chinese Islands
The US argues that under international law, building up artificial islands on previously submerged reefs does not entitle a country to make a territorial claim.
2015/09/26 | Yuan
Chinese President says Constructions in the South China Sea do not Affect Others
The Spratly Islands is the southernmost of the four islands in the South China Sea. They also have the most reefs scattered among a total area of 820 thousand M². This is where the South China Sea territorial dispute is about.
2015/09/17 | Yuan
The Philippines Shift Production of Voting Machines to Taiwan in Fear of China’s Interference
Concerned that China might sabotage the country’s 2016 presidential election due to the South China Sea dispute, the Philippines decided to shift the production site of the voting machines from China to Taiwan.