Implications of Trump’s Flip-Flop on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 12 May 2017

Implications of Trump’s Flip-Flop on the South China Sea

US President Donald Trump’s flip-flopping policy regarding China’s claims and actions in the South China Sea have fundamental implications for the security paradigm in the region and perhaps beyond.
Cambodia’s South China Sea Dilemma Between China and ASEAN
Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Sovinda Po and Veasna Var - 03 May 2017

Cambodia’s South China Sea Dilemma Between China and ASEAN

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 01 May 2017

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea

Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law?
Security,Cyberspace,Hotspots

Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law?

The US flies hundreds of ISR missions every year to collect communications between the target country’s command-and-control centers and radar and weapons systems. The initial deployment of the Carl Vinson strike force was to the South China Sea. Are these probes and the deployment a violation of the UN Charter?  
The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula

Japan and South Korea are working with the US to ensure all preparatory defensive measures are up to par and have sharpened their coordination in all defensive matters. Both countries have also pledged support for peace and diplomatic solutions to the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?

US President Donald Trump has been advocating striking North Korea’s nuclear facilities since taking office in January. However, he will be restrained from delivering such an order for both empirical and strategic reasons. And China knows too well that it won’t happen.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Revelations of China’s Construction in the South China Sea: Hype Not Helpful
Security,Hotspots

Revelations of China’s Construction in the South China Sea: Hype Not Helpful

Some US and foreign media have used the information to convince the Trump administration that China presents an imminent threat to US interests in the South China Sea. But the burgeoning drumbeat for the US to confront China should be considered with a healthy dose of skepticism.  
China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong
Politics,Hotspots,China

China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong

Contrary to the dominant views that picture the China-Russia strategic partnership as shaky and unsustainable, the two countries have created strong institutional foundations, and only minor steps are necessary for a formal and functioning military alliance to materialize.
Will the Western Media Prod America and China into War?
Politics,Hotspots,China

Will the Western Media Prod America and China into War?

The negative news and the predictions of China’s collapse were “old hat.” As time passed, these accounts were discredited. So, the Western media had to reset. One tack is to push China and Trump’s America into conflict.
The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam: An Opportunity for the International Community to Work Together
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam: An Opportunity for the International Community to Work Together

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam was apparently assassinated at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport by female assassins. This presents a chance for the international community to work together to prevent transnational assassinations and murders.
By Tai Wei Lim - 17 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump and the South China Sea: Flip-Flops and Continuity
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Trump and the South China Sea: Flip-Flops and Continuity

Analysts trying to parse US policy in the Trump era regarding the South China Sea must be prepared for stark contradictions and intellectual whiplash. It is too early to draw conclusions regarding US-China relations in the South China Sea or in general.  
South China Sea Framework Expected to Conclude in 1st Half of 2017
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

South China Sea Framework Expected to Conclude in 1st Half of 2017

In January 2017 during the 20th China-Philippines Foreign Ministry Consultation, the two countries confirmed that they would complete the Code of Conduct framework relating to the South China Sea in the first half of 2017.
By Yan Yan - 26 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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