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Beijing desperate to rebuff tribunal’s judgment on South China Sea

All papers wrote that the Chinese government is keen to dismiss the ruling issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that there was no legal basis for China’s claim to waters within the so-called nine-dash line in the South China Sea. They highlighted the Chinese vice foreign minister’s criticism on Wednesday that a former Japanese diplomat “exercised influence” over….Read more

  • July 14, 2016
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Japan apprehensive about possible implications of int’l court’s ruling

Asahi and Sankei wrote that Japan is wary that following the tribunal’s ruling, the Chinese government may renew its assertion that Japan’s southernmost island of Okinotorishima is a rock and hence the GOJ cannot set an exclusive economic zone around it. Japanese experts noted that according to the definition of island that was set forth in the PCA judgment, Okinotorishima….Read more

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White House irked by NHK reporter close to PM Abe during President Obama’s visit

There has been an atmosphere of awkwardness in the Japan-U.S. relationship after President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima. U.S. reaction was restrained when Chinese naval vessels intruded into Japan’s territorial waters in June.   According to rumors, one factor behind this is the joint news conference after the Japan-U.S. summit on the evening of May 25. Abe voiced “strong protest”….Read more

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Senior White House official calls on China to abide by tribunal’s decision

TBS reported at noon that NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs Kritenbrink called on China on Tuesday to follow the ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that there is no legal basis for China’s claim of historic rights to resources within the “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea. He was quoted as saying: “The tribunal’s….Read more

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Opinion: A “strange major power” that rejects international law

This is a heavy blow to the Xi Jinping regime’s strategy for China to become a major maritime power.

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Government lauds “historic significance” of tribunal ruling on South China Sea

The Japanese government has long maintained that the “nine-dash line” claimed by China [as the boundary of its territorial sea] has no basis in international law. Therefore, the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling was welcomed as “a ruling with historic significance which is also a ‘de facto victory’ for Japan,” according to a senior Foreign Ministry official.   The government….Read more

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International tribunal rejects China’s claims over South China Sea

All papers ran extensive front- and inside-page reports on the ruling made on July 12 by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague that there is no legal basis for China’s claim of historic rights to resources within the “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea. In a meeting with EU leaders in Beijing, President Xi said that China….Read more

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Philippines needs to pressure China in coordination with SE Asia, international community

It is of great significance to the Philippines that the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled China’s claims and actions [in the South China Sea] are effectively illegal. Yet the ruling is not enforceable. What will become more important is whether [the Philippines] can pressure China in an effective manner in coordination with the U.S., Europe, and Japan, which place greater….Read more

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China unlikely to back down on maritime advancement

An NHK reporter said although Tuesday’s ruling by an arbitration tribunal may have an impact on China’s maritime advancement, China does not have the option of drastically pulling back from its maritime advancement in view of domestic public opinion. He also said that since the Chinese Communist Party will hold a national congress in 2017, leaders of the Xi administration….Read more

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Abe may meet with Chinese premier in Mongolia

Asahi and Nikkei wrote that arrangements are being made for Prime Minister Abe to hold a meeting with Chinese Premier Li in Mongolia during his visit to the country on July 14-16. Asahi wrote that it remains to be seen whether the meeting, if it takes place, will achieve a breakthrough in improving Japan-China relations. Meanwhile, the Japanese government decided….Read more

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