Thursday, August 6
Any country that does not make a drastic response to the Chinese claims right from the start, will one day become a victim.
The US communication added a voice to the common position of Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia on consideration of UNCLOS as the sole legal basis for defining, in a comprehensive and exhaustive manner, the scope of their respective maritime entitlements in the South China Sea.
Vietnam is advancing Naval Diplomacy, and it could do much more.
The note seems to indicate, for the first time, an official Vietnamese position on the legal status of all high-tide features in both the Spratly and Paracel Islands. It implies that all high-tide features in the Spratly Islands, as well as in the Paracel Islands, are rocks that do not generate any entitlement to an EEZ or continental shelf.
Suggestions for lasting peace in the South China Sea and beyond need to incorporate small and medium states as well.
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