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China South China Sea

Beijing’s creative compliance and non-compliance in the South China Sea (Sourabh Gupta, East Asia Forum)

The landmark Philippines v China ruling marked its fifth anniversary on 12 July 2021. In its decision, the arbitral tribunal constituted under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) made four key observations.

First, it judged that no land feature in the Spratly Islands or Scarborough Shoal were an ‘island’ within the meaning of Article 121 of UNCLOS. The tribunal interpreted the definition of a ‘rock’ — a feature that ‘cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of [its] own’ — as one that effectively hasn’t sustained a settled community of intergenerational habitation or economic life.

Beijing’s creative compliance and non-compliance in the South China Sea (eastasiaforum.org)

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South China Sea USA

US submarine hits ‘object’ while underwater in South China Sea (Al Jazeera)

A US nuclear-powered submarine hit an “object” while submerged in international waters in the Indo-Pacific region, injuring some of the crew, the United States Navy has said.

None of the sailors on board the USS Connecticut suffered life-threatening injuries, the Navy said in a brief statement on Thursday.

US submarine hits ‘object’ while underwater in South China Sea | South China Sea News | Al Jazeera

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China Malaysia South China Sea

China ready to work with Malaysia to strengthen communication and properly handle differences on South China Sea issue: Chinese Defense Minister (Global Times)

China is ready to work with Malaysia to oppose hegemonism and power politics, strengthen communication and properly handle differences on the South China Sea issue, jointly safeguard peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific and inject more positive energy into the turbulent world, said Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe, on Monday during a conversation with Malaysian Defense Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, through video link.

China ready to work with Malaysia to strengthen communication and properly handle differences on South China Sea issue: Chinese Defense Minister – Global Times