ASEAN’s important role towards the South China Sea


Shutting ears to the international community, China continues misconduct in the South China Sea and makes distorted statements about Vietnam. To resolve this tensions, the international community re-emphasize that it needs a legal solution and calling international community including ASEAN to approve a more general, strong approach with China…
If there is no response, then China will turn intentions into reality
Dr. William Choong, senior researcher of the Institute of International Strategic Studies (IISS) - Asia said on May 15 that Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) needs to have a general approach which is more robust with China to promote completion of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC). According to Dr Choong, China’s illegal oil rig HD-981 deployment in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf was as a “self-interested move” and “planned carefully”.
The scholar also said that China's actions concerning Scarborough Shoal where Philippines also claims and James beach rocks located in the exclusive economic zone of Malaysia along with lower oil rig placed illegally in Vietnam's waters “is a carefully calculated strategy by China” to gradually occupy the whole nine dash line area. Mr. Choong reaffirmed that, before the actions conducted by China in the South China Sea, if there is no response whether military or non-military one from countries claim sovereignty in the region, China will turn their intentions into practice and extend basically sovereignty in the South China Sea. This will be detrimental to regional security, which have been established on the basis of negotiations and cooperation between China and countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mentioning Vietnam’s reaction, Mr. Choong said: “Vietnam has been welcome when controlled escalating tensions and not use force against the Chinese vessels in the area around the drilling platform” and “Vietnam had a moderate and rationale approach for the challenges from China in its waters”.
For the needed reactions of ASEAN before China’s plots and actions of in the South China Sea, Dr Choong said ASEAN needs to have a  more general and powerful approach with China to promote completion of the COC at the same time pursuading China for that COC binding not only for China but also for ASEAN countries which claim sovereignty in these waters. Dr Choong affirmed: “The adoption of the COC at this time is very important because it regulates conduct in settling territorial disputes” and so “would be helpful for regional security”.
In addition to the countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam continues to receive more support from outside the region. According to Dr. Choong, although India is far away from Vietnam but it also expresses support to Vietnam and so looking at core interests in the relationship between Vietnam and other countries, he said that Vietnam has received the support from many countries, especially Philippines, Japan, U.S. and India.
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Quân Hoàng 17/6/14 12:16

First, by resolving their territorial disputes, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia would be better positioned to present a united front toward China.

Huy Quốc 17/6/14 12:19

The Southeast Asian claimants to the South China Sea should stand idle as China becomes more forceful in asserting its claims to the disputed waters. Indeed, one of the strongest moves they can make doesn’t require the participation of the rest of ASEAN.

Hoàng Lân 17/6/14 12:22

Resolving these disputes will help advance their agendas towards China by setting a number of important precedents, which would put pressure on Beijing to resolve its own disputes on terms favorable to the Southeast Asian nations.

Vân Nhàn 17/6/14 12:23

since they would have resolved all other disputes, the disputes in the South China Sea would only exist at all because of China’s intransigence.

Hùng Quân 17/6/14 12:25

The easiest solution for reaching a long-term compromise over the South China Sea issue would be for China to simply accept the borders agreed to by the rest of the claimants.

Lê Tín 17/6/14 12:26

By resolving the territorial disputes in a multilateral forum, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia would be setting a precedent that Beijing would be forced to oblige once it agreed to enter into serious discussions aimed at finding a comprehensive solution for the South China Sea.

Quốc Cường 17/6/14 12:27

Resolving the intra-ASEAN maritime disputes would allow the member states to “internationalize” the issue.

Huy Lâm 17/6/14 12:31

Since China would not be participating in this round of talks, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia could take the initiative by inviting the United States, Japan, Australia, India, and/or ASEAN to participate in the multilateral talks.

Quốc Kiên 17/6/14 12:33

In short, by resolving the existing intra-ASEAN maritime disputes in the South China Sea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia could set the terms of future negotiations with China over the territorial disputes.

Phạm Hiếu 17/6/14 12:34

They would simultaneously isolate China as the only state preventing a comprehensive solution from being reached.

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