China without respectation towards efforts to maintain peace in the East Sea


On July 25, “The Philippine Star” newspaper quoted Marie Harf’s speech of spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of State that tensions between China and the neighboring countries is somewhat lower than the previous weeks. However, she also said there are some signs that China still really strengthen measures to consolidate the claims and change the status quo in the region leading to new tensions. Washington urged all sides to work to establish a Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, Mary Harf stressed. We encourage the parties to work together and attempt to resolve the issue without further escalation”, she said.
At the International Conference on East Sea in 2014 with the theme "The disputes on the East Sea under civilian perspective" (ICESDI 2014), held by Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City from July 25 to 26, all international and domestic scholars were consensus that it needs to resolve disputes through diplomatic channels, to preserve the East Sea into zone of peace and cooperation. The workshop was attended by over 50 scholars, experts from the U.S., Sweden, India, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, China, Russia and Vietnam.
At the seminar, when referring to the South China Sea issue and the impositions of unilateral territorial claims leading to tensions, threatening regional peace, security and freedom of navigation as well as affecting the lives of thousands of Vietnamese fishermen, Prof. Nguyen Manh Hung from George Marson University (U.S.) proposed that the workshop should focus on finding the best solution enabling fishermen to continue fishery activities on the traditional fishing grounds in the East Sea.
According to Dr. SD Pradhan, Chandigarh University, former Deputy National Security Advisor of India, during the last time, the international community has made much efforts, especially through agreements signed between countries to maintain peace. However, these efforts are not respected by China with the act of ignoring the agreements already signed and aggressive actions in the South China Sea... In order to resolve the current disputes, he said, the nternational community should have more powerful voice to uncompromisingly resolve the problem. Along with that, the international community must have a common and strong voice to deter the parties to adhere to and abide by international law.
To emphasize on resolving current disputes by international law, Prof. Ramses Amer, Senior Fellow of the Center for East Asian Studies at the Stockholm University (Sweden) said that the countries have the same problem should have a common voice to deal with the claims of China, especially as such of solving issue by  the bilateral dialogue of China.
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Phạm Hiếu 4/8/14 12:46

Tensions in the South China Sea have been boiling in recent years at the benefit of no one, be it China, ASEAN or the international community.

Quốc Kiên 4/8/14 12:48

ASEAN and China should strengthen strategic trust by extending mutual “strategic assurances” to one another.

Huy Lâm 4/8/14 12:49

China should disperse any doubt within ASEAN that it sincerely favors dialogue by being more forward and engaging in talks with ASEAN on the South China Sea, such as in negotiating a binding regional Code of Conduct.

Quốc Cường 4/8/14 12:50

ASEAN, on the other hand, needs to assure China that it does not seek the help of extra regional powers to counter China. ASEAN needs to show that its aim is to engage major powers in the region in order to create a dynamic equilibrium 6 and cooperative framework that would benefit everyone.

Lê Tín 4/8/14 12:51

Yet many differences became apparent in the interpretation process, and the application and implementation of the UNCLOS, leading to several incidences of mis-understanding between the parties concerned.

Hùng Quân 4/8/14 12:52

even in a perfectly regulated environment with unified interpretation, application and implementation of such regulations, incidences could still occur, for example through accidents due to rapidly increasing traffic in the busy South China Sea’s lines of communications.

Vân Nhàn 4/8/14 12:53

ASEAN and China’s first step towards this direction could be to bring their maritime claims in accordance with UNCLOS.

Hoàng Lân 4/8/14 12:55

despite a constant effort by ASEAN to reach an early conclusion of the COC process, there seems to be no sense of urgency on China’s side, and no specific time line nor work plan has been agreed on the “consultation” process as of yet.

Huy Quốc 4/8/14 12:56

the COC should not only contain overarching rules and principles but should also have clear cut procedural guidelines that will help parties trapped in incidences readily know what to do to de-escalate a potentially eruptive dispute.

Quân Hoàng 4/8/14 12:57

Many of the differences between ASEAN and China on the South China Sea arose from or depend on mis-understanding or a lack of mutual understanding which can be overcome through enhancing dialogue and cooperation between the two parties.

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