Does ASEAN support US military presence in South China Sea?

by Mark J. Valencia / April 2, 2018 / The Jakarta Post

On March 23, the US Navy destroyer Mustin made a non-innocent passage within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificially built up and occupied Mischief Reef. China saw this as yet another “serious political and military provocation”. This latest Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) came amidst a downturn in US –China relations—particularly regarding the South China Sea (SCS). Continue reading “Does ASEAN support US military presence in South China Sea?”


ASEAN ‘concern’ resurfaces over contested waters with China

by TAKASHI NAKANO/ Nikkei Asian Review/ 7 February 2018

SINGAPORE — The situation in the South China Sea, where China has moved aggressively amid conflicting territorial claims, was highlighted as a source of concern in an ASEAN foreign ministers’ statement released Tuesday, with Singapore taking a more balanced approach as this year’s chair than the Philippines did in 2017. Continue reading “ASEAN ‘concern’ resurfaces over contested waters with China”

Duterte’s ASEAN Policy

by Aaron Jed Rabena / 13 Sept 2017 / Originally Posted at IPP Review

The 45th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers’ summit hosted by Cambodia in 2012 was said to be the critical turning point for Southeast Asia’s disagreement on the South China Sea (SCS) as for the first time since its inception in the 1960s, ASEAN member-states were not able to come up with a Joint Communiqué at the end of a Summit. Since then, and due to continued strategic posturing by the relevant parties in the SCS, the divisive issue has become a major concern at every ASEAN-led regional dialogue mechanism where political and security matters may be discussed. Continue reading “Duterte’s ASEAN Policy”

ASEAN at 50: the view from Vietnam

11 Aug 2017|Le Hong Hiep/ The Strategist

At the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting last week, Vietnam attracted international media attention for its struggle to insert strong language on the South China Sea into the ministers’ joint communiqué. The episode highlights an enormous evolution in Vietnam’s perception of ASEAN as well as the importance that the country attaches to the regional grouping in its foreign policy. Continue reading “ASEAN at 50: the view from Vietnam”

Southeast Asia’s aspirations for the South China Sea

by Victor Andres C. Manhit / April 26, 2017

As the clock runs down to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit, critics have begun to ask if ASEAN will be able to achieve something to celebrate this year. It’s a question that even the Association’s most ardent supporters grapple with, especially as security concerns loom large over the Summit. While it’s a time-old question for ASEAN, there is urgency to answering it. The situation in the South China Sea is not only multi-dimensional, it has grown more complex with time. Continue reading “Southeast Asia’s aspirations for the South China Sea”

ASEAN begins talks on Code of Conduct in South China Sea amid continued tensions

Charmaine Deogracias, VERA Files / February 6, 2017 / ABS-CBN News

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) starts discussions on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (SCS) this month with two contentious issues: the non-militarization of occupied features, and restraint in the activities in the SCS, specifically those involving China.  Continue reading “ASEAN begins talks on Code of Conduct in South China Sea amid continued tensions”

ASEAN still the critical catalyst for China’s future

by Kishore Mahbubani / 29 November 2016 / East Asia Forum

China is making some serious strategic mistakes in its dealings with ASEAN. It is sacrificing its long-term interests in favour of short-term objectives and its global interests in favour of regional concerns. And in the process, it is undermining a critical catalyst to its peaceful rise. Continue reading “ASEAN still the critical catalyst for China’s future”

New Dynamics in ASEAN’s Stance on South China Sea

Nov. 11, 2016 / BY HENRY HING LEE CHAN/  IPP Review

The successful visits of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to Beijing between October 18-21, 2016 and to Tokyo between October 25-27 had enhanced his stature at home and abroad. The closely watched joint statements of the Philippines with China and Japan respectively clarified the new Philippine foreign policy direction that emphasizes its national economic interests. The speeches of Duterte in Beijing and Tokyo also clarified his earlier anti-American military presence statement. Continue reading “New Dynamics in ASEAN’s Stance on South China Sea”