China Pushes Maritime Disputes into Back Seat at Regional Talks

Posted September 6, 2016 at 5:24am

The Associated Press reports that “China opposes raising its maritime disputes at international meetings, including the G-20 summit ending Monday in Hangzhou and subsequent meetings of Southeast Asian leaders and their partners in Laos.”

“To Beijing’s pleasure, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not raise the subject of China’s compliance with an international tribunal’s ruling that invalidated Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Preferring a quiet diplomacy, Duterte last month sent his special envoy, former President Fidel Ramos, to meet with Chinese officials and they agreed on the need to reduce tensions through talks.”

“‘We will not raise hell now because of the judgment, but there will come a time that we have to do some reckoning about this,’ Duterte said.”