Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 17 Nov 2017

Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea

In the joint statement of the US President and the Vietnamese President, the longest paragraph was the one that addressed the South China Sea issues. The joint statement with the Philippine President essentially repeated phrases from the US-Vietnam’s joint statement.
The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned
Security,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Nov 2017

The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned

Some “Scientific” Surveys a Security Threat in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 09 Nov 2017

Some “Scientific” Surveys a Security Threat in the South China Sea

Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?

North Korea’s threats to use its missiles and nuclear weapons demands a solution. The narrative is that China holds the key. But China has done little. It can and should do much more. This account is partly true, partly exaggerated, and partly false.
China’s “Four Sha” Claim: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill
Hotspots,China

China’s “Four Sha” Claim: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

According to Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon, “the Chinese government recently unveiled a new legal tactic to promote Beijing’s aggressive claim to own most of the strategic South China Sea.” Gertz calls this “new” claim the “Four Sha.”
Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
Hotspots,China

Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

On October 10, 2017, the US executed yet another FONOP challenging what it says are illegal Chinese claims in the South China Sea. So why does the US Navy deem it necessary to keep repeating specific kinetic challenges to the same specific claim?
China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea

Lawfare is “a form of asymmetric warfare, consisting of using the legal system against an enemy, such as by damaging or delegitimizing them, tying up their time or winning a public relations victory.” China and the US both use it with regard to the South China Sea.  
The North Korean Crisis: Lessons from the Past
Hotspots,East Asia

The North Korean Crisis: Lessons from the Past

When analyzing the North Korean crisis, there might be a few things omitted by scholars, strategists and politicians, such as: the lessons of history — the similarity between French-German and North-South Korean borders, and the Schlieffen Plan, i.e., the German war plan for the war against France, and others.
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The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Interview with Yongnian Zheng
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: An Interview with Yongnian Zheng

On September 3, 2017, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake registered at North Korea’s Punggye-ri testing site. That indicated Pyongyang detonated a hydrogen bomb with a 100-kiloton yield. IPP Review interviewed Professor Yongnian Zheng to address questions related to this incident.
The Japanese White Paper on North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Japanese White Paper on North Korea

The recent Japanese Defense White Paper warns of threats from North Korea arising from Pyongyang’s continued missile tests. 20 rounds of tests meant that the Kim Jong Un regime fired more missiles than his father’s regime did (an estimated 16 missiles in total) in 18 years.
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate
Security,Hotspots,China

The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate

A Chinese incursion in Australia’s EEZ has sparked a debate. Many say China is hypocritical because it is undertaking ISR missions in other countries’ EEZs while opposing those of the US in its own EEZ. But there are differences between what China and the US are doing.  
The ASEAN Security Summits and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The ASEAN Security Summits and the South China Sea

From August 2-8, 2017, ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners, including rivals China and the United States, will have a series of key security meetings in the Philippines. Casting a shadow upon these meetings will be recent developments regarding the South China Sea.
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