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Jakarta Post

Seeking a breakthrough in maritime diplomacy

  • CPF Luhulima
    CPF Luhulima

    Senior researcher at the Center for Political Studies, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 14, 2017   /  10:22 am
Seeking a breakthrough in maritime diplomacy In this undated photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Chinese H-6K bomber patrols the islands and reefs in the South China Sea. (Xinhua via AP/Liu Rui)

Maritime diplomacy is the management of international relations at sea and the use of ocean-related resources to manage such relations. Maritime diplomacy should be applied in the South China Sea (SCS) to sort out issues of assertive behavior, freedom of navigation and overflight, support for the rules-based international order and the peaceful resolution of disputes. As China has been acting more forcefully and vigorously in the region, asserting that the SCS is part of its non-negotiable “core interests” and that it will use force to defend it, ASEAN’s attempts to engage mainland China through the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea has put its own cohesion in complete disarray. The ASEAN First principle in dealing with non-ASEAN parties, in this case the 10 + 1 formula, is totally sidelined. As China insists on bilateral talks on t...

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