It’s not just in the Middle East where the initiatives of the Obama Administration can be quietly ignored and brushed aside. China, too, is getting in on the latest trend in international relations:
At a regional security meeting this weekend, China rebuffed a U.S. proposal for nations involved in disputes to voluntarily avoid actions that could be provocative. The proposal, and a similar measure by the Philippines at the Asean Regional Forum in Myanmar, were aimed at breathing life into stalled talks on drafting a code of conduct.
“They are not going anywhere because the Chinese don’t see any value in it,” said Richard Bitzinger, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. “Their argument is increasingly there is no reason to do this stuff. In their mind it’s a settled issue.”
China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are totally able to safeguard well the peace and stability of South China Sea, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here Sunday.
Wang, who was attending the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Foreign Ministers Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, made the remarks in immediate response to the so-called tense situation propagated by some countries over the South China Sea.
Wang said the current situation of the South China Sea is overall steady without any problem with free navigation. Up to now, he never heard any vessel’s free voyage was affected.
This is yet more evidence of the tremendous prestige Washington currently wields around the world. ‘Smart Diplomacy’ at work.