German media lamented Beijing is really too strong: the ASEAN countries are afraid to offend China
Deutsche Welle Chinese recently published an article entitled: ASEAN countries to hedge not to offend China. The article is as follows:The
ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Ministers’ Meeting ended in Cambodia, China refused to discuss the issue of sovereignty in the South China Sea in the occasion of the ASEAN. The experts believe that the ASEAN countries to “hedge” the way to win over the United States to strengthen national security, and hopes to maintain its economic cooperation with China.
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ASEAN countries, Japan and ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia end meeting will be referred to the issue of sovereignty in the South China Sea to become the focus of public attention. According to Agence France-Presse reported, the ASEAN countries has drafted the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, the ASEAN foreign ministers reached a consensus draft document, ASEAN member countries hope to the United Nations Convention on the International Ocean as a benchmark to solve the South China Sea sovereignty dispute.
Beijing has expressed its willingness to explore the development of the South China Sea Code of Conduct, but is not designed to solve the South China Sea dispute and the ASEAN countries at the appropriate time, but in order to enhance mutual trust of the parties and cooperative relations.
China in recent years with the sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, the Philippines and Vietnam, the frequent occurrence of friction. In April this year, the Philippines and China Huangyan Island (ScarboroughShoal, the Philippines, said the sovereignty dispute over the the Pana Tage reef), the confrontation in the disputed sea area for several weeks.
Vietnam in June of this year through the new “Law of the Sea”, declared the country on the Hoang Sa archipelago (the Paracel) the Changsha Islands (Spratly) (Chinese are known as the Xisha and Nansha Islands) and China called the Dongsha Islands (MacclesfieldBank) has sovereignty and jurisdiction. Philippines and Viet Nam is actively seeking support to strengthen cooperation in defense matters. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had previously expressed the hope that the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting to discuss the South China Sea issue.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin, the ASEAN Regional Forum Series Foreign Minister will not discuss the problems of the South China Sea for places in the regular press conference. He pointed out that the South China Sea issue is not between China and ASEAN, but China and some ASEAN countries, speculation in the South China Sea issue, in fact ignoring the countries in the region to seek development and promote consensus for cooperation, attempts to interfere with the China – ASEAN relations. Opinion “from the global media coverage, the powers of sovereignty claims in the South China Sea when there is friction, but the situation still and keep it The
German Foreign Policy Association, director of Sound Schneider (EberhardSandschneider,) said: upgrade to the International Tribunal for the intervention stage. “In addition, the Chinese forces are becoming increasingly powerful, the other ASEAN countries and the United States is not happy to see the South China Sea conflict the Yin Nanhai tensions is not conducive to bilateral cooperation in the ASEAN countries and China.
Taiwan Department of Defense military and political vice minister of international affairs and the Institute for Strategic Studies of Tamkang University Professor Lin Chong-pin, said the consistent pattern of China’s handling of such problems is to put pressure on the diplomatic and economic means. ASEAN countries may be critical and accused, but the fear of the powerful forces of China and ASEAN member states are reluctant to expand the situation:
“each Southeast Asian countries, the editorial to remind their governments, do not overdo it. these countries together also worried about this rising power to pose a threat to their security, so they must stand, to show solidarity collective position of Southeast Asian countries, lobbying for U.S. support are in some sort of security assurance; But economically, they must rely on so taken by these countries to hedge these countries, including Japan, South Korea and India. “
China after 2009 changed the carrot and stick approach in the past, external toughening caused tension surrounding countries, the United States and therefore perfectly justifiable to return to the Asia-Pacific. But the important think tanks in the United States, serving Lin Chong-pin, believe that, when necessary, communicate privately with Washington. He pointed out that the United States do not want to because of social and political issues with Beijing in the South China Sea on the issue of conflict.
Washington, attitudes toward the outside strong performance was mainly due to Obama do not want the end of the year before the presidential election was the rival Republican accused of weakness, “Foreign tough internal position,” but the actual on the U.S. plan to return to the Asia-Pacific massive persistence is still a question mark.
Sander Schneider also pointed out that the South China Sea is of strategic importance for the United States, Washington has pledged to the Philippines to be of assistance when necessary, in fact, the United States and do not want to be involved in military conflict, try to avoid the use of military force on the issue of sovereignty in the South China Sea.
Lin Chong-pin, that the relations between China and the United States since 2002, is a cooperative-based, “are impossible to disappear, but cooperation should be above the contradictions” in the face of the country economic development and national sovereignty, while the international economic development priority, the rush to the use of force is minimal, no different in the South China Sea sovereignty issues:
“China will, in many practical levels show effective control of his military power is also growing, but he will avoid the first shot, to avoid military conflict, the end result is too much leg to stand on in the case of China’s massive U.S. internal problems, China is back to Premier Wen talk ‘in 2002, cooperation, common development’
In this case, China’s leading attitude more cooperative approach to the premise that China preemptive military and advantage, then diplomatic way so that everyone can accept. “