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In a first, India - US joint statement mentions South China Sea

SCSC - For the first time, an India - US joint statement specifically mentioned the situation in South China Sea as President Barack Obama and PM Narendra Modi expressed concern about "rising tensions over maritime territorial disputes" in that region.

The joint statement was issued after the bilateral meeting between the two leaders which took place days after the standoff with China in southeastern Ladakh ended with the withdrawal of both Chinese and Indian troops. [READ MORE]

US and Vietnam to Discuss Curbing China’s Sea Claims

SCSC - When Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet in early October, China's aggressive behavior in the waters of Southeast Asia will top their agenda.

In the months leading up to the meeting, Washington’s foreign policy elite have been debating whether it is in America’s interest to get involved in the dispute. [READ MORE]

South China Sea: US and China's different views

SCSC - The US position is that any claim to sovereignty by any state over features in the South China Sea must be in accordance with international law.

Under international law, a claim to sovereignty can be made only to offshore features that meet the definition of an "island", that is, a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is above water at high tide. Low - tide elevations or submerged features cannot be subject to appropriation. [READ MORE]

THE U.S. STRENGTHENS RELATIONS WITH ITS REGIONAL ALLIES ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ISSUE

SCSC - After the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Myanmar, on 12 August 2014, the U.S. and Australia organized the 2+2 annual dialogue at the Foreign and Defense Ministerial level in Sydney. At the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on the South China Sea issue.

CONFERENCE ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IN THE U.S.

SCSC On 10 - 11 July 2014, the international conference on “Recent trends in the South China Sea and U.S. Policy” was organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC.

The conference took place at a time when the South China Sea was experiencing severe tensions triggered by China’s illegal placement of the oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in the sea of Viet Nam and the U.S. was expressing strong views to criticize China’s aggressive acts.

VIET NAM SHOULD SUPPORT JAPAN’S NEW SECURITY AND NATIONAL DEFENSE POLICY

SCSC - In response to the threats from China in the East China Sea, Japan is actively pushing its military policy. This move is beneficial to Viet Nam. To implement the policy of the enhancement of military capacity, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, since in power, has actively put forward a number of new security policies in order to improve Japan’s military defense capacity in protecting sovereignty over its islands and sea in response to China’s aggressive and provocative actions.

NGUYEN DYNASTY'S OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS OF VIET NAM’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER HOANG SA AND TRUONG SA

On May 14th 2014, Viet Nam’s Nguyen Dynasty Official Documents were recognized as a Memory of the World for Asia - Pacific. This decision was made at the 2nd session of the 6th plenum of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia - Pacific (MOWCAP), which took place in Guangzhou, China with the participation of 54 delegates from 17 countries. With outstanding features in terms of contents, formats and styles, the “Nguyen Dynasty Official Documents” were nominated among 20 documents to be recognized by UNESCO as a “Memory of the World for Asia - Pacific”.

On July 30th 2014, Hanoi held a ceremony upon receiving the certificate of the “Memory of the World for Asia - Pacific” recognized by UNESCO for Viet Nam’s Nguyen Dynasty Official Documents.

THE EAST SEA IN MEETINGS WITHIN THE 47TH ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTERS’ MEETING

China has withdrawn the oil rig HY - 981 out of Vietnam’s sea one month before the deadline (according to plan the oil rig HY - 981 would continue to operate until August 15th, but it was moved by China on July 15th, 2014) to prevent the East Sea issue from being discussed in forums created by ASEAN (the ASEAN’s Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, ASEAN’s Foreign Ministers’ Meeting+, ASEAN Regional Forum, and EAS) on 8 - 10 August 2014.

However, this time the East Sea issue became a prevalent topic despite the relentless urging and coercion made by Beijing to other participants.

THE STRONG MOVES OF THE U.S. BEFORE ARF MEETING IN MYANMAR

Before the annual Ministerial Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Myanmar, the US made strong moves on the East Sea issue, showing its increasingly deep involvement in regional issues to fulfill its policy of “strategic rebalance in the Asia - Pacific region”.

On July 28th, 2014, the US’ Assistant Secretary of State, in his speech entitled “ASEAN and America: Partners for the future” at the Commonwealth club, San Francisco, America, continually mentioned the East Sea issue. Mr. Daniel Russel stated that tensions in the East Sea are main security threats to ASEAN.

Code of conduct urgently needed for South China Sea: Dung

SCSC - Peace and stability in the South China Sea is in the interest of China and the 10 - member Asean regional grouping, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.

"Peace, stability and maritime safety and security are the shared concerns and interests not only of Asean but the Asian region, as well as international community”, Dung said. [READ MORE]

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