[9th OCEAN DIALOGUE] | ONLINE PARTICIPATION IS NOW OPEN

[9th OCEAN DIALOGUE] | ONLINE PARTICIPATION IS NOW OPEN

October 5, 2022
Under the theme “Marine scientific research: confidence building and environment sustainability”, the 9th Ocean Dialogue seeks to explore possibilities to enhance marine scientific research (MSR) in the South China Sea, including the applicability of legal framework under UNCLOS for MSR as well as regional and international practices in MSR.  
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Beijing’s Naval Posture in the South China Sea: A Post-Pandemic Update

Beijing’s Naval Posture in the South China Sea: A Post-Pandemic Update

By Collin Koh
September 12, 2022
This short paper seeks to highlight key updates on naval developments in the SCS since the start of COVID-19. But why specifically “naval” when coastguards appear to be on the front page of recent incidents in the disputed waters? The key development ...
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The Rise of ‘Minilateralism’: The ASEAN and its Struggle for Centrality in the South China Sea

The Rise of ‘Minilateralism’: The ASEAN and its Struggle for Centrality in the South China Sea

By Richard Javad Heydarian
July 14, 2022
The paper analyzes the intersection of three key currents in Asian geopolitics, namely (i) the emergence Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a fulcrum of pan-regional integration, (ii) the evolution of South China Sea disputes as the preeminent geopolitical conflict ...
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Some reflections on developing India’s Blue Economy

Some reflections on developing India’s Blue Economy

By Cdr Kapil Narula (Retd.)
July 5, 2022
Promoting marine renewable energy (MRE) and implementation of Emission Control Areas (ECAs) are some of the measures which can be adopted by countries in the Indian Ocean Region and the South China Sea to promote maritime sustainability. Financing sustainable maritime development ...
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Citizen Science and New Technologies to Navigate Ocean Data Challenges and Opportunities

Citizen Science and New Technologies to Navigate Ocean Data Challenges and Opportunities

By James Borton
July 4, 2022
The protection of marine environment and ensuring the ocean’s sustainability are global issues.  Nowhere are they more important than in the South China Sea, a body of water offering abundant and complex marine ecosystems. Marine citizen science, along with the promise ...
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The 8th Ocean Dialogue: “40th Anniversary of UNCLOS: Promoting maritime cooperation in South East Asia”

The 8th Ocean Dialogue: “40th Anniversary of UNCLOS: Promoting maritime cooperation in South East Asia”

June 28, 2022
With the theme “40th Anniversary of UNCLOS: Promoting maritime cooperation in South East Asia”, the 8th Ocean Dialogue seeks to discuss maritime issues of common concern in the South East Asia region, promote common understanding of UNCLOS, and explore potential maritime ...
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The South China Sea: Have the Positive Trends in 2020 Continued in 2021? 

The South China Sea: Have the Positive Trends in 2020 Continued in 2021? 

By Nguyen Hung Son, Do Hoang
July 28, 2021
South China Sea is the subject of interests far beyond the littoral states, for what happens in the South China Sea would have deep consequences elsewhere. Most states also clearly indicate preference to lawfare to other means of contestation, because a ...
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The South China Sea Arbitration Award:

The South China Sea Arbitration Award: "A victory for all"

By Nguyen Hong Thao, Nguyen Thi Lan Huong
July 22, 2021
It is conceivable that the South China Sea Arbitral Award will continue to be a helpful guide leading the concerned parties to develop a viable rules-based order in the South China Sea, rather than allowing the region to become a 'might makes ...
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How can the Republic of Korea promote a trilateral ROK-ASEAN-U.S. alignment?

How can the Republic of Korea promote a trilateral ROK-ASEAN-U.S. alignment?

By Thuc D. Pham
June 25, 2021
The geopolitical landscape of the Indo-Asia-Pacific is changing considerably, marked by growing strategic competition between major powers, particularly the U.S. and China, at the time of the mysterious Covid-19 pandemic spreading worldwide.
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China’s Coast Guard Law: Japan’s Legal Approach

China’s Coast Guard Law: Japan’s Legal Approach

By Ho Hong Hanh
May 31, 2021
China announced its new Coast Guard Law containing worrisome provisions that need further clarification. Japan, a prominent claimant in the East China Sea, feels threatened by this law.  
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Major power competition in the South China Sea and 
Southeast Asian responses

Major power competition in the South China Sea and 
Southeast Asian responses

By Nguyen Hung Son
March 19, 2021
Major power competition, particularly the growing Sino-US multi-faceted rivalry characterized global politics in 2020. The South China Sea featured prominently in this rivalry in 2020.
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Will German ship’s South China Sea presence undermine regional security as China says?

Will German ship’s South China Sea presence undermine regional security as China says?

By Hoang Do
March 8, 2021
Germany's plan to deploy naval ship in the Indo-Pacific does not change its neutral position in the South China Sea dispute, is a careful practice of international law, and therefore will not erode regional stability nor any littoral country's sovereignty as China ...
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Indonesian Awakening: No South China Sea Negotiation with China

Indonesian Awakening: No South China Sea Negotiation with China

By Nguyen Hong Thao
June 26, 2020
Any country that does not make a drastic response to the Chinese claims right from the start, will one day become a victim.
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U.S. joins the battle of South China Sea diplomatic notes

U.S. joins the battle of South China Sea diplomatic notes

By Nguyen Hong Thao
June 10, 2020
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 ...
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Vietnam’s increasing Naval Diplomacy and future Possibilities

Vietnam’s increasing Naval Diplomacy and future Possibilities

By Tomas Jevsejevas
December 7, 2020
Vietnam is advancing Naval Diplomacy, and it could do much more.
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Viet Nam’s Note Verbale No.22/HC-2020: A Commentary

Viet Nam’s Note Verbale No.22/HC-2020: A Commentary

By Vo Ngoc Diep
May 7, 2020
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 ...
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Concert of Indo-Pacific: An Option for Peace and Order in the East Asian Seas

Concert of Indo-Pacific: An Option for Peace and Order in the East Asian Seas

By Thuc D. Pham
May 6, 2020
Suggestions for lasting peace in the South China Sea and beyond need to incorporate small and medium states as well.
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The “Four-Sha” Claim:  Signalling a Post Covid-19 Global Order

The “Four-Sha” Claim: Signalling a Post Covid-19 Global Order

By Quach Thi Huyen
November 26, 2020
"Four-Sha" is a lens through which Chinese long-term ambitious claims over the South China Sea is fully exposed.  The current global health crisis provides a window of opportunity for the realisation of Chinese lofty hegemonic dream. While the international community may ...
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Extended Continental Shelf: A Renewed South China Sea Competition

Extended Continental Shelf: A Renewed South China Sea Competition

By Nguyen Hong Thao
April 17, 2020
The 2019 Malaysian partial CLCS submission renewed the legal exchanges over the South China Sea. Most of the claimants, except China and Brunei, through their statements and actions, expressed acceptance and support for the 2016 Tribunal Award.   
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A Short History of China’s Fishing Militia  and What it May Tell Us

A Short History of China’s Fishing Militia and What it May Tell Us

By Derek Grossman and Logan Ma
April 6, 2020
If history is a good indication of what to expect in the future, then Beijing is likely to double down on the Maritime Militia in virtually any scenario imaginable. That means it should be a force to be reckoned in the ...
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Did Vietnam’s Maritime Militia Really Swarm a China Military Base

Did Vietnam’s Maritime Militia Really Swarm a China Military Base

By Do Thanh Hai
March 18, 2020
Though recent allegations raise more questions than they provide answers, they should reinforce the need for greater transparency in the South China Sea.
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China's Maritime Militia: A Legal Point of View

China's Maritime Militia: A Legal Point of View

By Koki Sato
March 12, 2020
The international community should better understand how potential aggressors can leverage the ambiguity for low-level armed attack or aggression and be prepared to clearly identify it as an internationally wrongful act.
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Philippine Fulcrum

Philippine Fulcrum

By Aaron Kelly, Michael Tkacik
January 23, 2020
To strengthen its position in the Philippines and thus in the first island chain, the United States must achieve two key goals: diversify its diplomatic engagement with Manila and coordinate military resources and strategy.
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Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

By Ulises Granados
December 22, 2019
As it might be difficult for China and the Philippines to defend their official claims over Scarborough as their own territory before the 20th century in an international court, both countries should engage in constructive negotiations over joint development. This is ...
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Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea

Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea

By Nguyen Hong Thao
December 21, 2019
The submission by Malaysia represents a positive step forward for coastal states in the SCS to clarify their claims and seriously discuss maritime delimitation in accordance with UNCLOS and the interpretation of its article 121 (3) by the 2016 Tribunal Award.
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Vietnam confronts China in the South China Sea

Vietnam confronts China in the South China Sea

By Do Thanh Hai
December 6, 2019
As Vietnam stands its ground and attests to the legitimacy of its claims in public, the ball is in Beijing’s court to decide whether China wants to be a responsible emerging power.
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25th Anniversary of UNCLOS 1982 and  its Implementation in Vietnam

25th Anniversary of UNCLOS 1982 and its Implementation in Vietnam

By Nguyen Hong Thao
November 26, 2019
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is one of the most important achievements of international law and the UN in the 20th century and continues to assert its role as the "Constitution of the Seas and ...
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Nightmare Scenario in the South China Sea: Japan’s Perspective

Nightmare Scenario in the South China Sea: Japan’s Perspective

By Satoru Nagao
September 12, 2019
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe worried that the South China Sea might become a ‘Lake Beijing,’ ... a sea deep enough for PLA navy to base their nuclear-powered attack submarines, capable of launching missiles with nuclear warheads. 
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Why Vanguard Bank and Why Now?  Explaining Chinese Behavior in the South China Sea

Why Vanguard Bank and Why Now? Explaining Chinese Behavior in the South China Sea

By Derek Grossman
August 16, 2019
Beijing may be probing the durability of deepening U.S.-Vietnam military-to-military relations. Vietnam has harbored serious questions about the sustainability of U.S. security commitments to allies, let alone what a “free and open” Indo-Pacific Strategy means for U.S. partners. China’s seizure of ...
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Coercive tactics: China, Turkey and International Law

Coercive tactics: China, Turkey and International Law

By Constantinos Yiallourides
August 9, 2019
Energy exploration by China and Turkey within the national waters of other nations is contrary to international law – it is upon the international community to steer recalcitrant states towards obedience.  
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