The “Blueprints for Management of the South China Sea”: A Critique
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 01 Nov 2018

The “Blueprints for Management of the South China Sea”: A Critique

A robust, binding code of conduct for the South China Sea has become a “holy grail” for analysts and decision makers alike. Many have tried to find it and failed. The Blueprint for a South China Sea Code of Conduct is likely to fail to gain wide acceptance too.
Where Should We Go Next? Opportunities and Challenges in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

By Shicun Wu - 31 Oct 2018

Where Should We Go Next? Opportunities and Challenges in the South China Sea

The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 18 Oct 2018

The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?

North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unprecedented four trips to North Korea in 2018. His mission for the fourth trip was quite clear — to sustain the momentum of the peace process started from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn
Security,Hotspots,China

Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn

The articles by Gordon Chang in response to Lyle Goldstein’s posted in the National Interest contain several inappropriate innuendos. One of Chang’s statements is: “Wars start because aggressors read articles like Lyle Goldstein’s and think they can take what they want.”
The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea

The National Interest has published Denny Roy’s critique of Hu Bo’s recent article regarding China and the South China Sea. His piece contains some unfair innuendos and errors of fact.
US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative recently released a “A Blueprint for Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea.” It is an important contribution to thinking about interim solutions to these seemingly intractable disputes.
Cooling Temperatures and Defense Postures in East Asia
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Cooling Temperatures and Defense Postures in East Asia

With cooling regional temperatures in East Asian affairs and politics, some wonder if the defense budgets in the region will also cool down correspondingly. The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore set the way for the possibility of lasting peace in East Asia.
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea

A US Navy Poseidon 8-A flew over or “near” four of China’s occupied features in the South China Sea. A radio voice identifying itself as “the Chinese military” requested the plane to “leave immediately and keep off to avoid any misunderstanding.”
The Turkish Lira Crisis
Economy,Hotspots

The Turkish Lira Crisis

Turkey’s currency dropped by 1/5 of its value against the US dollar on August 10, 2018. One of the most significant rescue packages came from Qatar which came up with USD 15 billion worth of investments for Turkey.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea

The US should have a grand strategy for Asia and determine the role of the South China Sea in it. But what are the US goals in Asia and does it have a “grand strategy” to achieve them?
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