SCSC - After having used Cambodia as a card to disturb the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in July 2012, Beijing joyfully believed that their plot to prevent discussions on the East Sea issue was a success. From then on, they have hectically intensified their lobbies to persuade the ASEAN Member States and other countries to exclude discussions on the East Sea issue from international and regional fora.
Such short joy lasts no long. What have happened is opposite to Beijing’s expectation. Since early 2013, the issue of the East Sea has become a prominent topic not only at the official political fora but at the discussions of scientific workshops in a number of countries in Asia, America and Europe as well.