SYDNEY, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The world has a stake in ensuring peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific thus rival claimants should not "up the ante" following the outcome of an imminent ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
"No nation wants to see competition for dominance in Asia descend into an armed conflict or even a period of tension in the South China Sea," former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr told Xinhua.
Carr, now director of the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), urged cooler heads too undertake "calm reflection" after the tribunal delivers its decision "what ever that decision is."
"We've all got a stake in a region with stability and peace," Carr said.
"America has got to be very careful. If America keeps increasing its military investment in the region, then the question going to be asked of America: what next?"
As such, Carr suggests both China and the United States come together to develop a plan for more detailed communication in the event of any misunderstanding, miscalculation or "any accident."
"Both sides have got too much at stake," Carr said. "We've got to give the U.S. and China plenty of off-ramps, so that if there is a misunderstanding, there is an accident, then there's plenty of time for consideration and for mutual restraint and withdrawal."
There also must be exploration to come up with solutions to the regional disputes, just as a proposed joint development of some of the disputed territories.
"The economic growth of Asia has been a great piece of good news for the entire world, (but) it would be placed at risk by armed conflict in the South China Sea," Carr said.
"There's nothing that can't be, first of all managed well, and second, subject to negotiations toward a solution."
The former Australian top diplomat believed it would be viewed in China as hypocritical for Western countries, such as both the United States and Australia, to pressure China into follow the liberal rules-based order, when they themselves have not when it has been against their own interests.
"There's no reference to the rules-based order when America saw it as being vitally important to its interests, and very very urgent, to invade Iraq (in 2003) without a resolution of the UN Security Council," Carr said.
"The West elevates the liberal rules-based order when it suits it," he said.
THE HAGUE, June 27 (Xinhua) -- The disputes over the South China Sea between China and the Philippines are not appropriate for a judicial settlement or arbitration, experts said Monday.
An arbitral tribunal's decision to allow a case unilaterally initiated by the Philippines is also highly questionable, according to a group of leading experts on international law who concluded a seminar here. Full story
PARIS, June 27 (Xinhua) -- In an op-ed recently carried by the French daily Le Figaro, Chinese Ambassador to France Zhai Jun has reiterated the country's stance that China does not accept the arbitration on the South China Sea issue.
The sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters belongs to China, Zhai noted in the signed article published on June 24. Full story
THE HAGUE, June 27 (Xinhua) -- A group of experts on international law voiced their doubts and concerns on Sunday over the South China Sea arbitration, warning the proceedings of the case are questionable.
Some 30 experts from Asia, Africa, the United States and Europe exchanged views at a seminar co-organized by Leiden University's Grotius Center for International Legal Studies and Wuhan University's Institute for Boundary and Ocean Studies. Full story
BARCELONA, June 26 (Xinhua) -- "Bilateral agreement is the best solution" for resolving the dispute in the South China Sea, Spanish political scientist and PhD in Intercultural Studies Marc Selgas Cors said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
It is expected that the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague will soon announce the decision on the arbitration case brought by the Philippines. Full story
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 26 (Xinhua) -- China's sovereignty over the South China Sea islands has already been established and there are no legal reasons for the Philippines'claim for the sovereignty over the Huangyan Island, a Brazilian expert has said.
The islands belong to China and not to the Philippines, and that is a matter already settled decades ago, Carlos Tavares, an author of 10 books on China and a longtime expert of China-Brazil relations, told Xinhua. Full story
BUENOS AIRES, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The disputes between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea should be settled through bilateral negotiation, Argentine expert Paola de Simone said Thursday.
Simone, a lawyer and political analyst from the University of Buenos Aires, told Xinhua that Manila's arbitration request over the issue "violated the Philippines' commitment to the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC)." That is, territorial and jurisdictional disputes should solved through friendly consultations and negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned. Full story
MANILA, June 9 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government has been behind the intensifying tensions in the South China Sea, a former diplomat of the country told Xinhua on Wednesday.
Alberto Encomienda, former secretary-general of Maritime and Ocean Affairs Center of the Philippine Foreign Affairs Department, said: "China has been for the negotiations all along, but from the beginning we are not." Full story
The differences between China and the U.S. over the South China Sea issue have become a matter of concern and even anxiety. But some of the perceptions in the U.S. and elsewhere about China’s policy and intentions in the area are misplaced. A pressing task is to understand the facts and China’s intentions correctly so as to avoid real danger and consequences as a result of misinterpretation and miscalculation.Full Story
BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) -- China on Wednesday again urged the Philippines to stop its arbitral proceedings and return to the right track of settling relevant disputes in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation with China.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comment at a routine press briefing.Full Story