News / USA

    US Monitors S. China Sea After Beijing Knocks Down Proposal

    US Monitors S. China Sea after Beijing Knocks Down Proposali
    X
    August 13, 2014 12:11 AM
    The United States says it will monitor contested waters of the South China Sea to see if there is any de-escalation of tensions -- after China knocked down a U.S. proposal at the Southeast Asian forum in Myanmar to freeze provocative acts there. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Sydney to meet with Australian officials following the Myanmar meeting.

    The United States says it will monitor contested waters of the South China Sea to see if there is any de-escalation of tensions - after China knocked down a U.S. proposal at the Southeast Asian forum in Myanmar to freeze provocative acts there.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Sydney to meet with Australian officials following the Myanmar meeting.

    U.S. officials say they will monitor the "rocks, reefs, and shoals in the South China Sea" looking for signs of less confrontation in waters where China's coast guard has clashed with vessels from both Vietnam and the Philippines.  Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan also have competing claims, making the area -- one of the world's busiest shipping lanes - a potential flashpoint with major commercial consequences.

    Kerry was hoping Southeast Asian foreign ministers meeting in Myanmar would agree to a halt to all provocative actions in the South China Sea.  But China helped set back that move, leading ASEAN to agree to a softer, non-binding agreement.

    Questioned about that weaker deal, Kerry said he thinks "the language does go far enough" to achieve some progress.

    "We weren't seeking to pass something per se, we were trying to put something on the table that people could embrace,' he said. "A number of countries have decided that's what they're going to do.  It's a voluntary process."

    But it stops far short of more directly calling-out Beijing for violating international law, according to American Enterprise Institute analyst Michael Auslin.

    "If you just continue to say, 'We don't want coercive behavior,' China will say, 'Well we're not coercive. They're coercive.' You've got to use something different," he said.

    Without which, Auslin says, China will continue to redefine the concepts of administrative control over disputed territory.

    "What it is attempting to do is say: 'No, there is no dispute. There's no dispute over the Senkakus. There's no dispute over the Spratleys. There's no dispute over much of the South China Sea. There's no dispute over the air of the East China Sea with the Defense Identification Zone because we, China, are effectively administering it,'" he said.

    Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi offered ASEAN "friendly consultation", but firmly upheld Beijing's right to defend its sovereignty and interests against what he called "irrational provocation."

    With China's state-run news agency questioning Washington's "real intentions" U.S. State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf says it is not Washington that is destabilizing the South China Sea.

    "It’s the aggressive actions the Chinese have taken that are doing so," she said.  "Everything we are doing is designed to lower tensions, to get people to resolve their differences diplomatically and not through coercive or destabilizing measures, like we’ve seen the Chinese take increasingly over the past several months."

    The summit's host, Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Muang Lwin, says, "It is not that one party is trying to influence others" against one country.  It is "all ASEAN, not ASEAN versus China" that will settle these disputes peacefully.

    You May Like

    Republicans Struggle With Reality of Trump Nomination

    Despite calls for unity by presumptive presidential nominee, analysts see inevitable fragmentation of party ahead of November election and beyond

    Spanish Warrants Point to Russian Govt. Links to Organized Crime

    Links to several Russians, some of them reputedly close Putin associates, backed by ‘very strong evidence,’ Spanish judge says

    Video US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight

    Iraq needs stable, central government to push back against Islamic State, US says, but others warn that Baghdad may not have unified front any time soon

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: sosusa from: san francisco
    August 19, 2014 10:32 PM
    If USA can't pivot the states in the USA, how can USA pivot the rest of the world?

    Yankees must go home and solve their monumental endemic problems and leave the rest of the world alone!

    by: Observer from: Canada
    August 14, 2014 1:05 PM
    it 's so obviously China and Russia saw weakness of the American and take opportunities.... evidences? ..at Crimea, Afghanistan , Syria, Iraq , South China see, Africa , etc... Very soon we will see some nations will ask China or Russia for helps not America...

    by: mauro protacio from: USA
    August 13, 2014 2:38 PM
    China will keep pushing until it is stopped. A united southeast asia should been formed by now and together it can resist china and force it to withdraw. USA, with its interest in keeping the china sea open to shipping lanes, could be involved as well. A confrontation is most likely needed here.
    In Response

    by: gil from: philippines
    August 14, 2014 2:58 AM
    We need to get to the bottom of this right away. Otherwise, it will become the source of many unwanted incidents affecting all claimants as well as the world itself. This is a case of China asserting itself by force. And the big question is, do we have to bow down to their wishes or go against their will?

    by: Florante from: U.S.A.
    August 13, 2014 1:33 PM
    The UN should put up a peace keeping fleet in the China sea to avoid Chinese Coast Guard to interfere with the present area of responsibility of each Asean Country claimed by China and act on the protest of every country involve, to avoid incidents that will happened in the future. This should be done NOW!

    by: Alan svie from: USA
    August 13, 2014 10:25 AM
    China will not stop their illegal activities until one of their ship is damage or will be sunk by one of their neighbors.....look ! .?

    by: Tor from: Spain
    August 13, 2014 7:26 AM
    If EU is not to reduce Russia's gas consumption in coming years and Russia will invade Ukraine or,at least part of it,and that in turn will lead to international geopolitical crisis with beginning of WW3....EU will the main contributor to that war,because everyone knows that Russia is out of control!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    In Response

    by: asand
    August 13, 2014 9:20 AM
    Since china refuses to accept U,S decent proposal, U.S should send a frankly, directly, clearly message to china:
    SCS is not belong to china. SCS is no longer Beijing play ground. china BACK OFF from SCS.


    by: ruben obedicen from: usa
    August 13, 2014 5:26 AM
    This is the hypocrisy of china's leadership;they embraced USA for their economic gains then confronts in another way around.
    In Response

    by: kcheng from: usa
    August 13, 2014 11:22 AM
    yes hypocrisy by China on one hand....stupid wishful thinking by the USA and west for feeding this draconian country!!! THinking this is a civilized country. we should have kept them in the dark!

    by: Eva Duff from: Saudi Arabia
    August 13, 2014 1:58 AM
    The US should continue to patrol/monitor these waters since China kept on ignoring invitations or attendance to any diplomatic dialogues to settle her ridiculous territorial claims. Any violations to the freeze activities agreed by some ASEAN claimants on these contested territories should be subjected to harsher punishments.
    In Response

    by: meanbill from: USA
    August 13, 2014 11:11 AM
    Hey Eva... If the Chinese (ADIZ) or "nine dash line" in the South China Sea violated any "Law of the Sea" or any other law, the US would be the first country in the world, to notify the world of it and protest, (but), the US is only going to perform meaningless monitoring of China's actions, (and that means), China's (ADIZ) and "nine dash line" are perfectly legal, even though the US doesn't like it, isn't that true?.

    China told Kerry;... That safeguarding it's sovereignty and maritime rights and interests is unshakable, and on the (ADIZ) and "nine dash line"... they'll be "No compromise or Concessions"... (but), they'll discus other things?

    by: Wichita Lineman from: Philippines
    August 13, 2014 1:06 AM
    What if China continuous to build structures in the disputed spratly islands despite monitoring activity of the U.S.? Surely they will disregard the U.S. warning because they will not give up their illegal 9 dash line.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    August 12, 2014 9:41 PM
    CRAZY isn't it?.... The US has been spying on China since 1947, (and then), the US military threats were taken seriously, (but now), the US with the greatest military in the history of the world, can't defeat anybody, and everybody jokes about the red lines, circles, and monitoring, Obama threatens, (and), it's the only threats the US can make now, and the red lines, circles and monitoring, lack any credibility anymore..... (just more phony posturing, and propaganda?)... how far has the US fallen?

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limitedi
    X
    Katie Arnold
    May 04, 2016 12:31 PM
    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Press Freedom in Myanmar Fragile, Limited

    As Myanmar begins a new era with a democratically elected government, many issues of the past confront the new leadership. Among them is press freedom in a country where journalists have been routinely harassed or jailed.
    Video

    Video Taliban Threats Force Messi Fan to Leave Afghanistan

    A young Afghan boy, who recently received autographed shirts and a football from his soccer hero Lionel Messi, has fled his country due to safety concerns. He and his family are now taking refuge in neighboring Pakistan. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad.
    Video

    Video Major Rubbish Burning Experiment Captures Destructive Greenhouse Gases

    The world’s first test to capture environmentally harmful carbon dioxide gases from the fumes of burning rubbish took place recently in Oslo, Norway. The successful experiment at the city's main incinerator plant, showcased a method for capturing most of the carbon dioxide. VOA’s Deborah Block has more.
    Video

    Video EU Visa Block Threatens To Derail EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

    Turkish citizens could soon benefit from visa-free travel to Europe as part of the recent deal between the EU and Ankara to stem the flow of refugees. In return, Turkey has pledged to keep the migrants on Turkish soil and crack down on those who are smuggling them. Brussels is set to publish its latest progress report Wednesday — but as Henry Ridgwell reports from London, many EU lawmakers are threatening to veto the deal over human rights concerns.
    Video

    Video Tensions Rising Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

    As the Philippines awaits an international arbitration ruling on a challenge to China's claims to nearly all of the South China Sea, it is already becoming clear that regardless of which way the decision goes, the dispute is intensifying. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
    Video

    Video Painting Captures President Lincoln Assassination Aftermath

    A newly restored painting captures the moments following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. It was recently unveiled at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, where America’s 16th president was shot. It is the only known painting by an eyewitness that captures the horror of that fateful night. VOA’s Julie Taboh tells us more about the painting and what it took to restore it to its original condition.
    Video

    Video Elephant Summit Results in $5M in Pledges, Presidential Support

    Attended and supported by three African presidents, a three-day anti-poaching summit has concluded in Kenya, resulting in $5 million in pledges and a united message to the world that elephants are worth more alive than dead. The summit culminated at the Nairobi National Park with the largest ivory burn in history. VOA’s Jill Craig attended the summit and has this report about the outcomes.
    Video

    Video Displaced By War, Syrian Artist Finds Inspiration Abroad

    Saudi-born Syrian painter Mohammad Zaza is among the millions who fled their home for an uncertain future after Syria's civil war broke out. Since fleeing Syria, Zaza has lived in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and now Turkey where his latest exhibition, “Earth is Blue like an Orange,” opened in Istanbul. He spoke with VOA about how being displaced by the Syrian civil war has affected the country's artists.
    Video

    Video Ethiopia’s Drought Takes Toll on Children

    Ethiopia is dealing with its worst drought in decades, thanks to El Nino weather patterns. An estimated 10 million people urgently need food aid. Six million of them are children, whose development may be compromised without sufficient help, Marthe van der Wolf reports for VOA from the Metahara district.
    Video

    Video Little Havana - a Slice of Cuban Culture in Florida

    Hispanic culture permeates everything in Miami’s Little Havana area: elderly men playing dominoes as they discuss politics, cigar rollers deep at work, or Cuban exiles talking with presidential candidates at a Cuban coffee window. With the recent rapprochement between Cuba and United States, one can only expect stronger ties between South Florida and Cuba.
    Video

    Video California Republicans Weigh Presidential Choices Amid Protests

    Republican presidential candidates have been wooing local party leaders in California, a state that could be decisive in selecting the party's nominee for U.S. president. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports delegates to the California party convention have been evaluating choices, while front-runner Donald Trump drew hundreds of raucous protesters Friday.
    Video

    Video ‘The Lights of Africa’ - Through the Eyes of 54 Artists

    An exhibition bringing together the work of 54 African artists, one from each country, is touring the continent after debuting at COP21 in Paris. Called "Lumières d'Afrique," the show centers on access to electricity and, more figuratively, ideas that enlighten. Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, the exhibition's first stop.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora