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What Do Weak Oil Prices Mean for the South China Sea?

 SCSC - When it comes to territorial tensions in the South China Sea, it’s more about what goes through it than what lies beneath it.

Oil last week dropped below$ 46 a barrel to more than five - year lows. The biggest collapse in energy prices since the 2008 global recession has prompted companies from Royal Dutch Shell Plc to Norway’s Statoil ASA to scrap projects not considered viable at current prices and drawn attention to the future of costly deep - sea exploration. [READ MORE]

Vietnam’s moderate diplomacy successfully navigating difficult waters

SCSC - Vietnam’s diplomacy saw many successes in 2014, but also faced many challenges.

In early May, the country saw the worst maritime tension with China since their 1988 naval clashes in the South China Sea (SCS). The placement of China’s oil rig in Vietnam’s claimed exclusive economic zone and the tense vessel confrontation between the two coast guards for almost ten weeks not only sparked large anti - China protests throughout Vietnam but also precipitated a heated internal discussion on the need to rethink Vietnam’s China policy — how to escape China’s orbit. [READ MORE]

Vietnam’s careful dance with the superpowers

 SCSC - US–Vietnam military relations have improved remarkably in recent years but talk of an enhanced alliance between Washington and Hanoi overlooks important geopolitical and historic nuances. Defence relations between the two countries turned a page in the early 2000s, when both countries moved beyond the legacy of the Vietnam War. Both countries began to actively explore new ways to work together. [READ MORE]

South China Sea in 2015: fears of war – Veeramalla Anjaiah

 SCSC - Is war over the festering South China Sea (SCS) maritime dispute between China and the Southeast Asian claimants of Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam inevitable in 2015?

China’s rising assertiveness, the firmness of claimants like the Philippines and Vietnam and the big powers’ interest in the region, have led to fears that tensions might escalate into armed conflict between the contumacious China and one or two claimant countries in 2015, said a top US think - tank in a survey recently. [READ MORE]

Arbitration 101: Philippines v. China

 Introduction

SCSC - The arbitration case launched by the Philippines against China currently stands as the most significant, and most closely watched, development for specialists and observers of the maritime disputes in the South China Sea (SCS).

To help observers navigate through this foggy proceeding, this article attempts to provide a focused overview of the arbitration case and developments in the bilateral dispute between the two parties. [READ MORE]

Expert: China's J - 10B Fighter Superior to Main Fighters of Neighbors

001aa0c32d2e162858b356BEIJING - - - Pictures showed that 14 J - 10B fighters painted with the mark of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAAF) were on the parking apron at the airport of the Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Co., Ltd. under the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), meaning that this type of modified fighter will possibly be deployed to the aviation troops of the PLAAF, according to a recent report on the website of the Jane's Defense Weekly. [READ MORE]

As Barack Obama visits, signs that India is pushing back against China

SCSC - When Sri Lanka unexpectedly turfed out President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election this month, it was the biggest setback in decades for China’s expansion into South Asia – and a remarkable diplomatic victory for India.

Despite New Delhi’s protestations, diplomats and politicians in the region say India played a role in organising the opposition against pro - China Rajapaksa. [READ MORE]

THE “NINE - DASHED LINE” FROM AN INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

SCSC - From an international legal view, lawyers, scholars and researchers all rejected the validity of “nine - dashed line” and call on China to give up its groundless claim. It is also in their view that the most optimal solution for disputes over the so - call “nine - dashed line” is through an international arbitration.

“NINE - DASHED LINE” CLAIM – A RISK TO MARITIME SAFETY, SECURITY AND FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION IN SCS

SCSC continues to introduce to readers the views and opinions of politicians and international experts about the risks to peace, stability, maritime safety and security and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea triggered by the “nine - dashed line” claim:

CHINA BUILDS MORE AIRCRAFT CARRIERS - A GREAT THREAT TO OTHER NATIONS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

lioaong SCSC - In September 2012, China commissioned the Liaoning aircraft carrier, mostly for naval training purpose. To realize its hegemonic ambition and to become a great naval power, China planned to commission of 3 other aircraft carriers by 2020. China hopes that with a fleet of 4 aircraft carriers, its navy can expand its influence over the Western Pacific.

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