Japan urges China to respect international law

14/02/2015

On February 12 in Tokyo, Japan was held a workshop on disputed islands in the region. The 2-day workshop gathered some officials of foreign embassies in Tokyo with many scholars, researchers from Vietnam, China, and a number of Western countries.
At the conference, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Japan noted that the strict implementation of the principle of the law was needed to ensure peace and stability in the Asian waters in the current period.
He stressed, “in recent years, we have witnessed an increase in disputes and tensions in the seas of Asia”, sparking tensions because of the claims of China on both the East China sea and South China Sea.
According to AFP, Tokyo organized the workshop to assert its position in accordance with the evaluation of the researcher community.
Beijing and Tokyo have a conflict of sovereignty over the islands Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea which is being managed by Japan but claimed by Beijing.
The requirement to respect international law was also raised by a Japanese scholar with China, particularly in relation to the South China Sea.
Researchers Shigeki Sakamoto from Doshisha University in Kyoto said that Beijing needed to clarify the claims covering most South China Sea, where China outlined a nine-dash line to assert their historical sovereignty.
According to Mr. Sakamoto, "the legality of the claim to the 9-dash line must be evaluated on the basis of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and international law in general. However, according to this expert, “China has never given any explanation”.


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Quân Hoàng 24/2/15 13:21

The governments of the Philippines, Vietnam and the US have, in recent months, lashed out at China over its behaviour in the South China Sea. This includes reclaiming land around some of its occupied but disputed features in the Spratlys; violating the self-restraint provision of the 2002 declaration of conduct agreed on by China and Asean; undertaking unilateral activities like hydrocarbon exploration in disputed maritime areas, preventing others from doing so; and, in general, bullying the smaller claimants.

Huy Quốc 24/2/15 13:22

Many analysts and the national media have joined the fray by supporting their countries' positions. Given the regional security implications, it is time to inject some balance into this narrative.

Hoàng Lân 24/2/15 13:22

This is not a defence of China's actions; some of the criticism is deserved. Like many countries, China's maritime policies and behaviour have been a mix of good and bad, even ugly.

Vân Nhàn 24/2/15 13:23

But some criticism by governments and their nationalistic analysts and media is exaggerated or biased as they seek to "blame and shame" China and demonise it as an arrogant bully. Worse, some of it is so hypocritical as to be ludicrous.

Hùng Quân 24/2/15 13:24

all the claims to sovereignty over the Spratly Islands have weaknesses when measured against the international standard of continuous, effective occupation, control and administration, as well as acquiescence by other claimants.

Lê Tín 24/2/15 13:26

As Vietnam's leaders should well know, China has been - and always will be - an unpredictable giant on its northern and maritime borders. In stark contrast, the US presence in the region is comparatively fresh, fickle and probably fleeting.

Quốc Cường 24/2/15 13:27

The moral is that countries (and their supporters) who live in glass houses should not throw stones - at least not before boarding up their own windows.

Huy Lâm 24/2/15 13:58

They need to remove their nationalistic blinkers, be realistic and think more long term and in the interests of the region and political centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in security.

Quốc Kiên 24/2/15 14:00

they could well be contributing to the region again becoming a pawn in a Great Power chess game.

Phạm Hiếu 24/2/15 14:01

Cornering and publicly embarrassing China on South China Sea issues could have dire consequences for the region. More vision, wisdom and balance are needed by all concerned.

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