The Quad and the South China Sea
Hotspots,China
By Mark J. Valencia - 05 Dec 2017

The Quad and the South China Sea

The Trump administration has re-raised the decade-old geopolitical concept of the “Indo-Pacific” region and is proposing and pushing a so-called “Quad,” a potential security arrangement among the four large democracies of India, Australia, Japan, and the US.
How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?
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By Nong Hong - 01 Dec 2017

How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?

The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective
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By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Nov 2017

The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective

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

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

The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned

As ASEAN and its dialogue partners gather in the Philippines for their annual political and security gab-fest, the East Asian Summit, there is a grudging but growing recognition that US policy regarding the South China Sea imbroglio has failed.
Some “Scientific” Surveys a Security Threat in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots

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

Water quality will affect communications with China’s nuclear powered and armed ballistic missile submarines. These submarines are its principal deterrent to a first nuclear strike against it.
Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?
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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
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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?
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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
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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.
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