Monthly archive May, 2013
Vietnamese Prime Minister to Open 12th IISS Asia Security Summit

Vietnamese Prime Minister to Open 12th IISS Asia Security Summit

by ROBERTO TOFANI Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, will deliver the keynote address at the 12th IISS Asia Security Summit(1), also called the Shangri-La Dialogue, which will convene in Singapore from 31 May to Jun 2. The meeting is “a Track One security summit which brings together defense ministers, armed forces’ commanders, and the...

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Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (II): Domestic politics in command

Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (II): Domestic politics in command

In my previous post, I examined the general nature of the current dispute between the Philippines and Taiwan and the foreign policy motivations on the Taiwan side. Yet, the behaviour of Taiwan’s government in the aftermath of the incident from May 9 that resulted in death of a Taiwanese fisherman after his boat was fired upon...

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Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (I): One international law, two interpretations

Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (I): One international law, two interpretations

A short time ago, I praised Taiwan for reaching an agreement with Japan on fishing in the area around Diaoyutai/Senkaku islands. It was a rare occasion on which two sides reached consensus on a highly disputed issue involving sovereignty claims and resource sharing. However, the seas of East and Southeast Asia offer plenty of opportunities to get...

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Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos -- Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 2

Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos — Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 2

by ROBERTO TOFANI [Part 1 here] Discussions and debates during the one-day workshop – ‘Sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos: Historical and Legal Aspects’ – held in the Quang Ngai province at the end of April and organized by the Pham Van Dong University focused mostly on two topics related to the South China Sea issue: historical...

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Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos -- Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 1

Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos — Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 1

by ROBERTO TOFANI Quang Ngai – “In South China Sea—East Sea as referred by the Vietnamese–China is unable to present historical evidence of its claim. Its territory was historically limited to Hainan island, thus Chinese used force to illegally occupy rocks, features and islands in the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos”. With these remarks, Prof. Pham Dang...

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Pyongyang’s Fear of Chinese Media and What to Make of It

by SOJUNG PARK South Korea pulled out its last remaining workers from the Kaesong Industrial Complex on May 3, putting the only existing symbol of inter-Korean cooperation in jeopardy. To diffuse tensions, some have called on Seoul to send a diplomatic envoy to North Korea, but others have proposed the restoration of the United States’...

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