A typhoon and some bad follow-up weather beat up Pacific Asia over the weekend and it’s not over. China’s controversial island building got ASEAN’s attention and John Kerry’s time. Beijing claims that island reclaiming has ceased, Kerry has not confirmed.
The typhoon was an interruption to many things this week, including the curriculum controversy in Taiwan: The demonstrators packed-up and now the government must clean up. But the typhoon was also a warning that Beijing should not be so concerned about whether its man-made military islands are safe from Kerry and ASEAN, but from typhoons and tsunamis.
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- US won’t tolerate navigation restrictions in South China Sea (rappler.com)
- UPDATE1: Japan, U.S. discuss maritime cooperation amid S. China Sea tension (english.kyodonews.jp)
- Pressure rises on China over island-building drive (msn.com)
- U.S. Will Not Tolerate Navigation Restrictions In South China Sea (valuewalk.com)
- Asia security talks open with South China Sea tensions (businessinsider.com)
- China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting (channelnewsasia.com)
- China wants no talk of South China Sea at upcoming ASEAN meeting (dailymail.co.uk)
- Kerry says ‘zero communication’ on trade pact and Malaysian trafficking record (dailystar.com.lb)
- Kerry Talks Tough on China at ASEAN (the-american-interest.com)