MAKING WAVES: AN E-NEWS BRIEF (06-12 JULY 2020)

Last week saw a change in ASEAN’s approach to the South China Sea dispute with a united position affirming that UNCLOS is the “basis for determining maritime entitlements, sovereign rights, jurisdiction and legitimate interests over maritime zones”. Leaders of ASEAN nations adopted this position in a statement issued by Vietnam on behalf of the 10 member nations. In Africa, France plans to assist in the resurrection of the Ethiopian Navy. Similarly, China continues to make steady inroads into West Africa where it has offered countries, such as Liberia, medical supplies for its military.

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