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Philippine and Chinese officials will launch a joint investigation into the at-sea collision that left 22 Filipino fishermen stranded in the South China Sea. On June 9—the official Philippines-China Friendship Day—a Chinese vessel rammed and sank a Philippine fishing vessel near Reed Bank (known in Tagalog as Recto Bank), northeast of the Spratly Islands, and reportedly fled after the collision. A Vietnamese fishing vessel later rescued the Filipino crew members who had been left in the water.
The Shangri-La Dialogue, the highest profile annual security forum in Asia, was held from May 31 to June 2 in Singapore. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivered an opening speech that received widespread praise from Chinese netizens for its “objective analysis” of Sino-U.S. ties.
Satellite photograph showing Chinese ships near Thitu (Pag-asa) Island (Photo: AMTI)
Reuters reports that on May 24 the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) transited within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, a feature in the South China Sea occupied by China.
The recent campaign of violence in the Philippines has received plenty of attention. Since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, who campaigned on a platform of cracking down on crime, observers have estimated that as many as 2,000 people have been executed, many on the suspicion of being drug traffickers. Via Reuters:
I am still digesting the award issued very early this morning by the UNCLOS arbitral tribunal on the Philippines claims against China in the South China Sea. Lawfare plans to post more comprehensive discussions of the award later today, including by me, but for now, let me quickly offer some short (quotable) takes.
As the release of the South China Sea arbitration tribunal’s award on July 12 nears, China has apparently gone into “propaganda overdrive” to defend its position that the tribunal lacks jurisdiction. By now, most anyone who accesses the internet or reads a daily newspaper has run across China’s insistence that the Philippines dispute involves maritime delimitation and sovereignty issues beyond the arbitral tribunal’s power.