The Hague Ruling: Immediate Versus Longer Term Responses
Hotspots,China
By Mark J. Valencia - 26 Aug 2016

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

By Yongnian Zheng - 24 Aug 2016

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

Hong Kong’s 2016 Legislative Council Election: Divisions in the Political Landscape
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Hak Yin Li - 23 Aug 2016

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

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...
Is China Building a Maritime Militia?
Security,Hotspots,China

Is China Building a Maritime Militia?

There is no secret that all the South China Sea claimant parties view their fishermen as important defenders of their respective claims in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Nonetheless, the securitized fishery discourse is overblown.  
THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations

South Korea is feeling the heat, not only from the heat waves of summer but also from the heated debates surrounding President Park Geun-hye’s July 8 announcement of the decision to deploy THAAD. The nation has been polarized between those saying “nay” and “aye.”
By Jaewoo Choo - 11 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea Award: Paradox of the Historic Argument
Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Award: Paradox of the Historic Argument

International courts and tribunals tend to decline to deal with historic argument. The logic is that sovereignty is the most sacrosanct claim vested upon every nation state, which stipulates that it need not and should not be subordinated to any authorities claiming overlordship, in whatever manifestation, above them.
Xi Jinping and China’s Future: A Debate
Politics,Hotspots,China

Xi Jinping and China’s Future: A Debate

President Xi Jinping’s unyielding effort in the anti-corruption campaign has implicated 800,000 Chinese officials. How and when will he consider his mission to be accomplished? David Shambaugh and Zheng Yongnian had an in-depth exchange of views at a global forum on China in Singapore.
Brexit and the Future of Regionalism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Brexit and the Future of Regionalism

The UK’s exit from the EU is a cautionary tale to other forms of regionalism. The US has dominated NATO, the North American Free Trade Area, and is also committed to constructing new types of regionalism such as the TPP and TTIP. Yet, it is questionable if this non-inclusive form of regionalism established will be sustainable.
Prospects and Challenges for China after the South China Sea Arbitration
Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

Prospects and Challenges for China after the South China Sea Arbitration

Observers have argued that China did not fully appreciate the implications of not participating in the arbitration process. Not only did it give up its right to appoint the arbitrators, it also gave up its right to present its legal arguments and evidence to the tribunal and the international audience.
The South China Sea Ruling: Akin to Opening Pandora’s Box
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea Ruling: Akin to Opening Pandora’s Box

This essay is a preliminary analysis of the possible impacts the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling on July 12, 2016 will have on the South China Sea situation, China-US relations and China’s relations with its neighbors.
By Shicun Wu - 15 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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