Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China
Politics,Hotspots,China
By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Jan 2017

Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China

On January 11, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made several intemperate remarks. Most provocatively he said that China’s access to the features it has built up in the South China Sea is not going to be “allowed.”
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects
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By Mark J. Valencia - 10 Jan 2017

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 27 Dec 2016

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity
Security,Hotspots,China

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The US asserted that the underwater drone seized by China enjoyed sovereign immunity. Its argument is legally flawed if one takes a closer look at the rules of sovereign immunity in the law of the sea and how the US navy applies the drone to its missions.
By Yan Yan - 27 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes
Politics,Hotspots,China

The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes

Southeast Asian countries have two serious concerns which might increase distrust between China and ASEAN, and this may become a bottleneck of the MSR construction. One is about China’s nine-dash line, and the other is whether China is undermining ASEAN’s unity.
By Hong Zhao - 12 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Get China to Negotiate with SCS Neighbors: A Message to Trump
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Get China to Negotiate with SCS Neighbors: A Message to Trump

If China is not forced to the bargaining table, it is hard to see why it will pursue constructive solutions with its neighbors. Even though the South China Sea dispute is taking place many miles away, the outcome will have consequences for US global interests.  
The South China Sea Disputes: What’s Next?
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The South China Sea Disputes: What’s Next?

China should take advantage of the favorable situation in the South China Sea region to maintain stability. China should also keep improving the situation by strengthening its relations with the US, the other claimant countries, and the ASEAN countries.
By Shicun Wu - 01 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Victory and Future of US-Pakistan Relations
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Trump’s Victory and Future of US-Pakistan Relations

What does Trump’s victory mean for Pakistan? Will the coldness in US-Pakistan ties increase further or will they remain at their current level? More importantly, what are the benchmarks to evaluate Trump’s future policies?
By Abdul Basit - 28 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific
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US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific

The US’ military deployments and activities in the Asia-Pacific region are important manifestations of its “rebalancing” strategy. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the US global military strategy has been to shift its focus and priority toward the Asia-Pacific region.
What is Hong Kong’s Status?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

What is Hong Kong’s Status?

During the swearing-in ceremony of new lawmakers at Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, two lawmakers referred to the former British colony as the “Hong Kong nation.” A pro-Beijing publication translated the word “nation” as “guo” in Chinese. “Guo” or “guojia” can be understood as nation, country, or state.
Trumponomics: A Danger to Prosperity?
Politics,Economy,Hotspots

Trumponomics: A Danger to Prosperity?

Will Donald Trump’s presidency pose a danger to the country’s prosperity? Or will it “make America great again” by doubling US economy’s annual growth to 3.5-4.0 percent?
By Ding Lu - 19 Nov 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
No Restraint: Judicial Activism in the South China Sea Ruling
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No Restraint: Judicial Activism in the South China Sea Ruling

Although the tribunal enjoyed ample latitude to carve out a constructive, mid-path interpretation of a critically important but ill-defined provision of maritime law, it chose to indulge in a tortuous train of legal thought that lacked basis in case law and produced a zero-sum outcome that overwhelmingly favored Manila.  
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