Beijing-Moscow Denounce Washington’s South China Sea Resolve

by Tim Daiss/ May 2, 2016 / forbes.com

China and Russia have agreed on the need to limit U.S. influence in the Asia Pacific Region. On Friday, following bilateral talks in Beijing Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi expressed opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and also said that non-claimants should not take sides in the dispute over maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The Associated Press (AP) said that despite endorsing UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea over its recent missile launches and nuclear tests, China and Russia strongly criticized the proposed deployment of theTerminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system by the U.S.

Divide and conquer policy

As far as the South China Sea is concerned, Lavrov said outside parties (an obvious reference at the U.S.) should not interfere in the troubled waterway. He said Russia holds that the South China Sea issue should be resolved peacefully through political means, such as negotiations between the parties directly concerned, while external forces should refrain from interfering,Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday.

The statements follow reports from last week that China was lobbying Russia for support in opposing international court proceedings launched by the Philippines over the South China Sea and Beijing’s 2012 seizure of Scarborough Shoal, which lies within the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

 Of course these recent remarks fit Beijing’s game plan of divide and conquer over its much smaller Asian neighbors. Beijing refuses to negotiate with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a group, but will only negotiate with individual members of the association. Read more…
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