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UN Convention on Law of the Sea Defines Nations’ Rights, Responsibilities

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 4:40 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is an international agreement that defines the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world’s oceans and management of their natural resources. Nations participating in the third U.N. Conference on the Law of the Sea reached agreement on the treaty in 1982 […]

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China ‘Firmly Opposed’ to Foreign Involvement in Maritime Disputes

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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China says it is “firmly opposed” to foreign involvement in territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and is warning other Asian nations to refrain from “irresponsible” comments on their competing maritime claims in the region. Tuesday’s warning in the Liberation Army Daily newspaper comes as the Philippines made clear it would welcome U.S. help […]

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China Pledges Not to Use Force in China Sea Dispute

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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China said Tuesday it will not use force in disputes with its neighbors over the South China Sea, but delivered an implied rebuke to U.S. senators who say the U.S. military should safeguard navigation in the strategic waterway. At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China will not “resort […]

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China Pledges Not to Use Force in China Sea Dispute

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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China said Tuesday it will not use force in disputes with its neighbors over the South China Sea, but delivered an implied rebuke to U.S. senators who say the U.S. military should safeguard navigation in the strategic waterway. At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China will not “resort […]

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US Senate Bill Seeks Action in China Sea Disputes

Posted June 14th, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two United States senators have introduced legislation criticizing Chinese use of force in maritime disputes with its neighbors, and calling for the U.S. military to defend freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. The bill was introduced Monday by Jim Webb and James Inhofe, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate subcommittee that […]

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China Preps Huge Oil Platform for Deployment in South China Sea

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese state media are reporting that a massive deepwater oil platform, Marine Oil 981, will begin testing this week for the first time in preparation for its deployment to the South China Sea in July. The deployment of the semi-submersible platform comes as tensions rise in the hotly contested South China Sea. Shortly after China […]

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Philippines Bolsters China Sea Claim With Change of Name

Posted June 13th, 2011 at 6:25 am (UTC-5)
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While Vietnam stages artillery exercises in the midst of a territorial dispute with China, the Philippines is adopting a different approach to its own spat with Beijing. A spokesman for President Benigno Aquino said Monday that henceforth, his government will refer to the area of the South China Sea surrounding the disputed Spratly Islands as […]

Vietnam Plans Military Exercise Near Disputed Waters

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Vietnam plans to hold live-fire naval exercises in the South China Sea, as the dispute over control of the region and its potentially rich mineral deposits continues to heat up. Hanoi said the exercise would be held Monday and warned civilian ships to stay out of the area near its Quang Nam province. The training […]

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China Rejects Vietnamese Report of Maritime Incident

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese officials also rejected that allegation and complaints from the Philippines about what Manila considers illegal Chinese intrusions into its waters. China’s ambassador to the Philippines said the South China Sea is Beijing’s territory and has been for centuries, but Liu Jianchao said Thursday in Manila that China will adhere to a 2002 agreement on […]

China Rejects Vietnamese Report of Maritime Incident

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 1:40 am (UTC-5)
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China has accused Vietnam of illegally entering its waters and endangering Chinese fishermen’s lives in a South China Sea territorial dispute. The Chinese Foreign Ministry issued the condemnation of Vietnam late Thursday, after Hanoi said a Chinese fishing trawler rammed an oil exploration ship in Vietnam’s waters. But Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said […]