Beware the Illusion of China-Philippines South China Sea Breakthroughs

Chinese state media claims UK foray into South China Sea is just 'attention-seeking'

China claims all of the South China Sea as its sovereign waters, and has been busy militarizing a number of reefs and islets.

Several other countries, including Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, also lay claim to the South China Sea and the billions of dollars it offers in oil reserves and trade opportunities.

HMS Sutherland will make the passage on her return from Australia later this year to assert freedom of navigation rights and challenge Beijing's increasing dominance in the region, Gavin Williamson announced on Tuesday.

He would not say whether the frigate would sail within 12 nautical miles of any disputed territory or artificial island built by the Chinese, as USA ships have done.

Speaking to The Australian, he added: 'World dynamics are shifting so greatly.

The two countries also agreed to address territorial and jurisdictional disputes by peaceful means, without resorting to the threat or use of force, through friendly consultations and negotiations by sovereign states directly concerned, in accordance with universally recognized principles of worldwide law, including the Charter of the United Nations and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Seas.

"A good example is in terms of what you've been looking at in terms of critical national infrastructure. we've always encouraged investment from outside but it's making sure it's for right time of investment and it isn't something that puts our utilities, our critical national infrastructure in a more vulnerable position".

During his trip to Oz, Mr. Williamson, said the United States could "only concentrate on so many things at once". Indeed, as I have observed previously, numerous inroads we have seen in Sino-Philippine ties under Duterte would have seemed unimaginable right before he took office, even if we have seen some of them tried by past Philippine leaders before him as well.

"We've got to ensure that any form of malign intent is countered and we see increasing challenges - it's not just from China, it's from Russian Federation, it's from Iran - and we've got to be constantly making sure that our security measures, our critical national infrastructure is protected".

A senior Philippine official also said Southeast Asian countries and China would next month start negotiations on a long-awaited maritime Code of Conduct.

Cayetano further stressed that there are ongoing talks and continuous diplomatic action being undertaken to protect the interests of the Philippines in the South China Sea.

"The more powerful China gets, the more challenging it is for us". "And this broadly ties with China's fear of having the disputes internationalized". "We've got to have a mature approach to that relationship".

Likewise in 2016, the Communist Party's mouthpiece The Global Times launched a scathing attack on the Australian government, following its decision to support an worldwide tribunal over the South China Sea.

Philippine security officials raised concerns about intrusions when a Chinese ship was monitored crisscrossing the waters early a year ago, drawing public attention to the territory.

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