The Quad: Whistling by its Grave
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Mar 2019

The Quad: Whistling by its Grave

After China issued formal diplomatic protests to Quad members asking their intention, Australia withdrew from the Quad and meetings ceased. Indeed, the concept is more likely to go the way of the dodo than rise from its ashes like a phoenix.
Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 19 Mar 2019

Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?

Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Mar 2019

Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?

South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute

The underlying cause of the South China Sea dispute between the US and China is about dominance in Asia-Pacific and maintenance of the current world order. One influential factor is the abundance of natural resources in the South China Sea.
By Yu Fu - 08 Mar 2019 | 2 comments Read more...
US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea

A very distinguished unofficial “task force” of US-China experts has issued a rather alarming report regarding the China threat to US security overall and in the South China Sea in particular. The group suggests that the US pressures China to comply with “global norms”.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Incremental Progress towards Needed Diplomacy
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Incremental Progress towards Needed Diplomacy

The second Trump-Kim summit is likely the last window of opportunity for real progress in the North Korea denuclearization drama and also in establishing the basis for an incremental normalization of relations between Washington and Pyongyang.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Regional Responses, Prospects and Challenges
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Regional Responses, Prospects and Challenges

Given the first Trump-Kim summit’s lack of details on the denuclearization process, special attention should be given to the possible compromise between two sides such as the reciprocal responses from the US if North Korea is willing to close its nuclear facilities.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Vietnam’s Place in the Sun
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Vietnam’s Place in the Sun

The announcement of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi as the site of the second Trump-Kim summit has truly marked the Southeast Asian nation’s coming of age. It shows that Vietnam has truly come into prominence on the global stage.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Feb 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea

US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson met with senior Chinese military leaders in Beijing in January 2019. The discussions focused primarily on how to manage increasingly dangerous encounters between vessels and aircraft of the two navies.
Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy

Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, Philippine relations with China have experienced a remarkable renaissance. Duterte’s accommodating policy towards the Chinese government has however caused increasing anxiety among the Filipino public.
Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?

A well-known Washington DC based think tank has widely disseminated its latest “revelation” regarding the “nefarious” activities and intentions of China’s fishing fleet in the disputed Spratlys.
An Environmental Protection Regime for the South China Sea: Fact vs Fiction
Environment,Hotspots

An Environmental Protection Regime for the South China Sea: Fact vs Fiction

There has recently been a resurgence of romantic proposals for a cooperative environmental protection regime in the Spratlys and the South China Sea as a confidence building precedent for cooperation on other more difficult matters.
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