Relating to tensions in the East Sea recently, many famous scholars around the world have put forth comments that criticize China for its actions increasing tension in the region.
Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, criticized China for making serious mistakes which were reflected through the ASEAN meeting in Cambodia. According to the professor, Beijing’s actions have contributed to the loss of 20 years positive development of goodwill with ASEAN. Notably, professor Mabubani said that China’s sending of a diplomatic note to the United Nations in 2009 demanding the U-line be accepted was an unwise action because Beijing would find it difficult to defend its demand, based on international law.
The tensions in the East Sea are causing analysts concern in regard to the potential global implications. Doctor Michael Wesley, Sydney-based Lowy Institute Executive Director, considers that territorial disputes in the East Sea escalate the chances of conflict in the region. Judging the East Sea as occupying an area that facilitates one third of the world’s marine transportation, he said that greater efforts should be made to search for a compromise on the crisis.
He said that ASEAN are seeking new solutions to address the dispute, and called on Australia do more to broker a deal. He added that Australia have a stake in the East Sea because 54 percent of Australia's trade passes through the waters./.