Conceit and Callowness: Causes of US-Philippines Contretemps
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 18 Oct 2016

Conceit and Callowness: Causes of US-Philippines Contretemps

In recent weeks, US-Philippines relations have undergone a rough patch as President Duterte has sought to “rebalance” Philippine foreign policy and lessen its dependence on the US. The reaction of policy makers and analysts in the US has ranged from anger to handwringing to ignoring the significance and roots of the problem.
The South China Sea: After the Big Bang
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 28 Sep 2016

The South China Sea: After the Big Bang

Hong Kong: Local Identity and Democratization
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Echo Li - 26 Sep 2016

Hong Kong: Local Identity and Democratization

Confronting HK Localism with a Unified Social Citizenship
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Confronting HK Localism with a Unified Social Citizenship

Confronting localism and separatism, the Central and Hong Kong governments have to compete for the hearts and minds of Hong Kong residents who hold these “radical thoughts.”
By Zhuoyi Wen - 21 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Legal Defects of the South China Sea Ruling
Hotspots,China

Legal Defects of the South China Sea Ruling

Legal problems include whether the Philippines had fully communicated with China before initiating the arbitration, whether the tribunal had obeyed the legal principle of prudence, whether the ruling was fair and just, whether it was reasonable to declare that Taiping/Itu Aba Island is rock, etc.
North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus

North Korea knows that the world is unfair, as all the five permanent members on the United Nations Security Council have nuclear weapons, while the rest of the world cannot. Or wait a minute, a few others can also have nuclear weapons. So why can’t North Korea have nukes?
By Dingli Shen - 14 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Hong Kong’s 2016 LegCo Election: A Tectonic Shift in HK Politics?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s 2016 LegCo Election: A Tectonic Shift in HK Politics?

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Election was held on September 4, 2016, and there were many new and important political features and implications, suggesting that Hong Kong people would like to change the status-quo by having new political forces and young persons to monitor the government.
By Hak Yin Li - 06 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Hague Ruling: Immediate Versus Longer Term Responses
Hotspots,China

The Hague Ruling: Immediate Versus Longer Term Responses

China has apparently decided to play for the longer term, leveraging its strong position on the ground while refraining from raising tension by initiating construction on Scarborough Shoal or declaring an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea.
Asia’s Future: Become Another Middle East or Avoid South China Sea War
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Asia’s Future: Become Another Middle East or Avoid South China Sea War

Since the announcement of the ruling, all concerned parties are still mulling their next moves. The actions they take will decide which direction Asia heads to: spiral into a Middle Eastern type of crisis, or avoid war and head towards peace and stability.
Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape

Hong Kong will hold its sixth Legislative Council Election on September 4. The behavior of some democrats, confrontations between the Executive Branch and the LegCo, the Umbrella Movement, violent mass demonstrations, and localism have contributed to increased divisions in Hong Kong politics.
By Hak Yin Li - 23 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Hague Ruling: Implications for Maritime Claims and Boundaries in Asia
Hotspots,China

The Hague Ruling: Implications for Maritime Claims and Boundaries in Asia

American allies like Japan have taken strong stands in support of the decision. But belatedly some are realizing that the decision has important potentially negative implications for their own maritime claims and disputes.
Chinese and Vietnamese Nationalism and the South China Sea
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Chinese and Vietnamese Nationalism and the South China Sea

While hostilities resulting from territorial disputes driven by nationalism and history continue to overshadow the relationship between Vietnam and China, a military conflict is unlikely to occur, unless decision-makers consider the resulting economic, military and political disasters to be bearable.
By Wei Luo - 15 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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