While the Philippines press forward in its territorial dispute against China in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the ASEAN-China talks related to the “Implementation of the Declaration of Parties in the South China Sea” (DOC – not to be confused with the Code of Conduct or COC); Brunei has backed out of the meetings supporting the ICJ action and is expected to miss the second round of talks later this month.
This article further states that due to China’s recent provocations in the South China Sea (SCS), the Malaysians are eager to join forces with the Philippines; however whether or not that means they will join the Philippines in arbitration against China, remains to be seen.
Vietnam and Taiwan, the last two countries/entities with SCS territory-disputes with China, would also like this issue resolved, but it remains to be seen what action they will take.
Within ASEAN, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are continuing dialogue against China on the COC using the DOC as a possible political statement, as China is known for putting pressure and inserting China’s history into why the territory should belong to China
The Philippines hopes Malaysia and Vietnam will continue to support their arbitration case against China, but stated that their case won’t be affected if they don’t show. I agree; furthermore, I can only see Malaysia and Vietnam’s participation helping their own cases against China. Which is why I find Brunei’s actions strange and counterproductive.
What are your thoughts on why Brunei backed out against joining meetings with the intention of sending a political message to China? What will Brunei gain? I can only see them on the losing end if they don’t stand together with the other claimants.
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For more information on the ASEAN Code of Conduct: http://bit.ly/1pX4B34
For differences between the DOC and COC: <http://bit.ly/1fD2RmF
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