Monday, August 7, 2017
This marked the reassertion of one of China's most provocative positions, an implied claim to energy resource rights across the area enclosed by its 'nine-dash line', in contravention of the 2016 ruling. Beijing had refrained from pressing this expansive, and now unlawful claim, since around late 2012.
- Offshore energy projects in Chinese-claimed waters will be vulnerable to Chinese coercion.
- Vietnam will further intensify security ties with India and Japan.
- China's pressure likely seeks to spur Vietnamese and Philippine agreement to joint energy development, on terms favouring China.