Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 28 Jan 2019

Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?

Ahead of the second Trump-Kim summit, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un made a visit to Beijing between January 8-9, 2019. The North Koreans may be using this visit to pursue what Kim calls an “alternative path” in his New Year speech.
A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 19 Jan 2019

A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 3)
Politics,Hotspots,China

By Christine Loh and Richard Cullen - 07 Jan 2019

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 3)

Assessing the China-Philippines MOU on Cooperation on Oil and Gas Development
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

Assessing the China-Philippines MOU on Cooperation on Oil and Gas Development

The MOU between the Philippines and China is an important step for bilateral efforts towards the direction of expanding cooperation to marine resources development. It will also impact dispute management and peace and security in the South China Sea.
Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea

The US is incrementally increasing its frequency and type of FONOP in the South China Sea, so as to reassure its allies of its resolve and to put the onus on China to take the risk of conflict. Employing this tactic has negative implications for its standing in the region.
The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines

Washington DC based analysts sharply criticized the policy and actions of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration regarding China’s actions in the South China Sea, reflecting the US government concern that under Duterte it is “losing” the Philippines.
Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit

The outcomes of the ASEAN Summit can be divided into two main categories: the “cautious optimism” view, and the “missed opportunity” interpretation, against the backdrop of a G2 titans’ clash between the US and China.
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?

China-US disputes over FONOPs in the South China Sea do not involve conflicts of core interests. Neither China nor the US should raise them to a full military confrontation.
By Xiaobo Liu - 05 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?
Politics,Hotspots

US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?

US mid-term election results reveal that the electorate is divided in its support of President Donald J. Trump and his policies. As the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019, do not expect House Democrats to seek immediate and drastic changes in US foreign policy.
Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit
Politics,Hotspots

Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit

The Omani media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had visited the sultanate of Oman in the last week of October 2018, and met with its Sultan Qaboos Said al Said, something that Netanyahu’s office also confirmed.
South China Sea: Drone Development and Use Outpacing International Law
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: Drone Development and Use Outpacing International Law

The US and China are increasingly confronting each other militarily in the South China Sea. The US is deploying new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads. China’s use of drones in the East China Sea has already raised political hackles.
Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)

It is more than 21 years since Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China. Much has happened that is positive since 1997. At the same time there have been recurring political incidents and stand-offs. Could the HKSAR see a positive future within China?
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