America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 17 Aug 2018

America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea

The US should have a grand strategy for Asia and determine the role of the South China Sea in it. But what are the US goals in Asia and does it have a “grand strategy” to achieve them?
 The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Aug 2018

The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea

A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Aug 2018

A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea

In the run up to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ first visit to China from June 27-28, 2018, he said: “I want to go in without poisoning the well and do a lot of listening.” Well he certainly got an earful regarding the South China Sea.
The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists

A recent poll purports to show that there is a huge domestic opposition to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “soft” approach to China supposedly gathering steam.
North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help

By reframing the issue, the perceived threat to the DPRK’s ideological and psychological security may be reduced. A common discursive ground may then be found to engage the DPRK without a breakdown in dialogue on denuclearization, peace and the normalization of relations.
North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?
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North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?

For Beijing, the denuclearization drama playing out on the Korean Peninsula has strong parallels with China’s own reform and opening-up process led by Deng Xiaoping beginning in 1978.
US Policy in the South China Sea: Confusing the Possible with the Probable
Security,Hotspots,China

US Policy in the South China Sea: Confusing the Possible with the Probable

The war of words and tit-for-tat provocative actions of China and the US regarding the South China Sea could spiral out of control. Thus, it is a good time for analysts and decision makers to step back and distinguish between hope (the possible) and reality (the probable).
The Three Xi-Kim Meetings in China: What Did They Discuss?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Three Xi-Kim Meetings in China: What Did They Discuss?

What did Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un discuss during the three Xi-Kim meetings in China? The three meetings showed the immense importance of Beijing to the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China is Key to Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

China is Key to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

To facilitate peace on the Korean Peninsula, North and South Korea and the US are not the only critical actors. Russia, Japan and China are also strategically significant, but it is China which will be the most crucial for the US in the next phase of facilitating real peace.
Trump-Kim Summit: Singapore as Inspiration for the North Korean Economy?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Trump-Kim Summit: Singapore as Inspiration for the North Korean Economy?

Beyond the Sentosa agreement, what could potentially be significant about Kim Jong-un’s visit to Singapore is how it could mirror Deng Xiaoping’s pivotal 1978 Singapore visit. Could Kim Jong-un be inspired to implement a similar economic reform program for North Korea?
The South China Sea: Are Pundits and Politicians Pushing the US into War?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: Are Pundits and Politicians Pushing the US into War?

Over the past few years, bashing China for its policy and actions in the South China Sea has become quite common in the US foreign policy community. More recently, the criticism has become ever more strident and dangerous.
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