South China Sea: Beijing Warns of Prosecuting Trespassers
August 3 , 2016
Beijing Warns of Prosecuting Trespassers
August 3, 2016: A clear warning has been sent by China to the trespassers who try to enter into the contested areas of the South China Sea. It asks the foreigners to stay away or they will be prosecuted. China claims a huge part of the Sea, in spite of objections from neighboring countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Philippines.
Naval Drill to be Held by Chinese and Russian Navies
July 28, 2016: As per the reports of Chinese Defense Ministry, China and Russia are going to hold naval drill in the South China Sea in September. The motive is to strengthen the cooperation among two countries and not raising tensions. This is going to be a routine exercise between two armed forces and not directed to any any third party.
The U.S. to Continue Freedom of Navigation Operations
July 27, 2016: According to a senior Navy officer, the US is going to continue its freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea. The current US administration has made it very clear to China that despite objection from Beijing, the US will keep itself engaged with flights as well as naval activities in the disputed water of South China Sea.
Taiwanese Lawmakers Visit Disputed Region
July 21, 2016: After an international court declared a disputed region a simple rock, a group of Taiwanese lawmakers paid their visit to the area on Wednesday. At least eight politicians left for Taiping Island at 7.20 a.m. local time to check the possibility of military facilities and other installations. According to the ruling, the court came up with the fact that the Taiping Island was a rock legally and never an economic exclusive zone.
Philippines Shows Reluctance about Talks on South China Sea
July 20, 2016: Continuing the South China Sea dispute, China's foreign ministry strongly suggested a landmark court ruling failed to be mentioned at the meeting, the Philippines rejected bilateral talks with Beijing. As said by the Foreign Affairs Secretary, the Chinese officials had asked them to get indulged in some talks, but only in the case if Manila disregarded the ruling that happened last week. However, it went in Philippines' favor.
China Opposes International Court on South China Sea Tribunal Verdict
July 13, 2016: Beijing has released a white paper opposing the verdict of the international court on Wednesday. Beijing claims that they have control over the strategic region for more than 2,000 years. However, the Hague based court had mentioned that China has caused damage to the coral reef environment after coming up with artificial islands.
Court Rejects Beijing's Claims on South China Sea
July 12, 2016: As per the Permanent Court of Arbitration, there was no evidence that can prove that China ever had any control over the waters of South China Sea. However, the ruling has been called ill-founded by China and also mentioned that it will not be bound by it. A Chinese news agency stated that the panel does not have any jurisdiction, thus the decision will be null and void.
Court Takes Stand on South China Sea Dispute
July 12, 2016: The messy territorial dispute between several South Asian countries is likely to get settled-down soon as the international tribunal is going to hand down a landmark ruling today. The case is going to have a major implication for the South China Sea, one of the biggest geopolitical flashpoints in the world. As mentioned by a trade policy advisor, the ruling is going to leave impact on trade and business throughout the world.
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