SCSC - From Jan. 01, 2014 on, the amended measures set forth by the Hainan authorities to enforce "the fishing law of the People's Republic of China" would take effect. This new action taken by China has deeply concerned international opinion and has been covered rapidly and widely by the press of various countries.Most of the coverage has criticized China's action, considering China’s maneuver as a new escalation, causing greater tensions in the East Sea.
SCSC - Given the escalating acts by China in the East and South China Seas in the late months of 2013 (e.g. unilaterally establishment of the Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea and promulgation of the amended solutions for execution of the Fishing Law in the South China Sea of the People’s Republic of China in early 2014 by Hainan province, the U.S. administration has promptly and strongly reacted by statements of the spokesperson of the State Department.On 14 January 2014, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Armed Services held a joint hearing on maritime disputes of China.
SCSC - The ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat was held in Bagan, Myanmar on 16 - 17 January 2014. This was the first meeting in 2014 among ASEAN Foreign Ministers to discuss the agenda and orientation for discussion at 2014 ASEAN meetings. The Retreat featured the issue of the East Sea.In face of China’s escalation in the East China Sea and East Sea by the end of 2013 and early 2014 (unilaterally established its ADIZ in the East China Sea by the end of November 2013; enforced the ‘Fisheries Law of the People’s Republic of China’), ASEAN Foreign Ministers spent quality time on the East Sea issue. All ASEAN countries voiced their opinions regarding this issue.
SCSC - 40 years after China’s use of force to occupy Paracel Islands, many protests against China’s occupation have recently taken place in many countries.On January 1st 2014 in Harvard University, a symposium themed “Paracel Archipelago: Peace and Security after 40 years of China’s occupation” was held by a group of Vietnamese intellectuals in Boston (United States).
SCSC - The United States for the first time in response to China’s growing intransigence and brinkmanship in the Western Pacific on its maritime disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea has come out with an explicit assertion disputing China’s claims of sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea through its legally untenable Nine Dash Line.
This assertion emerged in a testimony by the US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Danny Russell before the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on February 05, 2014 when he stated that “Under international law, maritime claims in the South China Sea must be derived from land features. [READ MORE]
SCSC - In late November 2013, China established the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea to back its sovereignty claims in this area. Since early January 2014, China again used the fishery issue to assert its claims in the East Sea with the announcement by Hainan provincial authority of the “2013 amended regulations” to implement “the Fisheries Law of the People’s Republic of China”.This action has encountered strong protest from the international community.
Triggering military provocations, China prepared to use force to invade and take over the Paracel Is
SCSC - 40 years have passed, our beloved Paracel islands were seized by force and lied in the hands of China. Since then, the nostalgia for the Paracel islands is still burning in every heart of each Vietnamese whether they are at home or abroad.
Le Nguyen would like to present to readers three articles to further clarify the truth about the 1974 Paracel war.
SCSC - Beijing’s invasion of Hoang Sa islands faced strong reactions from the Government of the Republic of Viet Nam, the people of Viet Nam and the international community. A series of actions to denounce the use of force by China were conducted in both Viet Nam and other countries.This article wants to recall the vigorous opposition to Beijing in order to have the insights of the invasion.
SCSC - Asian security and stability is nowhere more impacted than by the power - play and balance of power in North East Asian strategic quadrilateral comprising Russia, Japan, China and the United States and this is a strategic reality that has prevailed ever since 1945 when the United States and Russia emerged as superpowers.
The North East Asia Strategic Quadrilateral comprises Russia, Japan and China as the resident powers in North East Asia and the United States as the non - resident power but perceiving North East Asia as strategically crucial for American Homeland security and for its balance of power politics to ensure its continued global predominance. [READ MORE]
SCSC - Along with the country's unification, the East Sea was managed by the Nguyen dynasty from the North to the South. Not only a powerful nautical military being developed, were the Nguyen lords also interested in different nautical military troops, especially the Hoang Sa and Bac Hai's. Many practical maritime boundary - related activities were carried out by the Nguyen dynasty.During the King Gia Long reign, a number of voyages to survey the Paracel Islands were conducted by the Hoang Sa troops.
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