UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie today visited West Mosul, an urban area held captive by ISIS for three years until its liberation last summer. After walking among the bombed-out buildings that line its quiet streets and meeting with some of the first families to return, she urged the world not to forget the agonies they have endured – and not to ignore the new struggles they now face.
Recently, as The Diplomat reported, China declared that some of its land reclamation work in the South China Sea will be completed soon. Considering the feverish pace of Chinese activity in this respect over the past few months, one might be tempted to heave a sigh of relief.
ASEAN-Malaysia National Secretariat Director-General Muhammad Shahrul Ikram Yaakob said on June 10th that the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) believes a judicious mechanism could solve disputes in the East Sea.
The Shangri-La 2015 Dialogue taking place in Singapore from May 29th– 31th brought together defence officials and armed forces’ commanders from 30 countries in the world with the guest of honor Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is confident the ASEAN Community will be established by the end of this year, but added the quality of ASEAN integration will depend on how it resolves outstanding issues, including the territorial dispute in East Sea.
US President Barack Obama has stated that China’s illegal construction projects in the East Sea are counter-productive and called for an end to aggressive action in the region.
The 14th Shangri-La Dialogue ended in Singapore on May 31st with a message that dialogue is needed to build trust and transparency.
Washington supports resolving disputes in the East Vietnam Sea through peaceful measures based on international law, visiting Senator John McCain, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, told his host in Hanoi.
Vietnam wants real peace, but not on impracticable terms based on greed and territorial expansion; and real friendship based on mutual respect, but not at the price of hegemony and dependence.
The illegal Chinese actions in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone since May 2 have raised strong public opposition, with many Chinese people showing concern.
In preparing for the 24th Asean Summit in Myanmar, member states studied ways to respond positively to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's October 2013 proposal for an Asean-China Treaty on Good Neighbourliness, Friendship and Cooperation. They also looked at his
China’s act of locating its oil rig in contested waters in the Paracels is more than a dispute over sovereignty. It is also a dispute about international law of the sea.
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