Updated: Jan 20
South China Sea: Malaysia, Indonesia, And Vietnam Beat China At Its Own Game
Malaysia has joined Indonesia and Vietnam to beat China at its own game in the South China Sea (SCS): The use of lawfare to settle disputes.
That's according to Dr. Namrata Goswami, the Senior Analyst, and Author.
Goswami is referring to Malaysia's decision last December to extend its continental shelf by submitting a petition to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).
"I believe Malaysia took China by strategic surprise when it submitted a legal petition to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, aimed primarily at staking its sovereign claims to the northern portions of the disputed SCS water," she says. "Malaysia, at present occupies about five of the Spratly (islands) and lays claim to 12. Any claim on the SCS and its islands is challenged by China as per its unilaterally imposed nine-dash line, that stretches nearly 2, 000 km from its shores, close to the 200 nautical miles territorial waters of Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines."
Duterte won’t raise Hague ruling again, says Palace
BEIJING—Chinese President Xi Jinping stood pat on his country’s rejection of the international arbitral award favoring the Philippines, but assured President Duterte that China will avoid “provocative acts” in the South China Sea, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Friday.
Panelo also said Mr. Duterte will no longer raise this matter in future meetings with Xi.