Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Huong Le Thu - 27 May 2016

Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building

It was in Hanoi that the US President Barack Obama announced a full annulment of the US arms embargo on Vietnam — a decision hailed as a symbolic milestone in the closure to the painful wartime past.  
The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 25 May 2016

The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations

Duterte and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 24 May 2016

Duterte and the South China Sea

Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations
Hotspots,China,East Asia

Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations

Taiwan’s future leaders should not see the South China Sea issue as distinct from China-Taiwan relations. It is the political status of the two governments that underlines Taiwan’s South China Sea contestations.
China, the US and the South China Sea: What’s Going On?
Security,Hotspots,China

China, the US and the South China Sea: What’s Going On?

In the run-up to the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision regarding the Philippines/China dispute in the South China Sea, China has been “reclaiming,” building on and, the US charges, “militarizing” unoccupied, and in some cases, originally submerged features. The relatively muffled rhetoric on both sides have led to speculation as to what is going on behind the scenes.
The South China Sea: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Reflections
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Reflections

This paper provides an overview of the chain of events contributing to the escalation of tensions in the South China Sea, as well as the context in which they occurred and potential connections they have. It is hoped this paper will help those concerned about the disputes see the bigger picture and get to the heart of why things have happened that way.
Why Is China Building New Islands in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China

Why Is China Building New Islands in the South China Sea?

An often-heard explanation is that China is simply trying to catch up with Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines by creating a strong physical presence in the South China Sea. However, if the purpose is simply to make a point about sovereignty, it is unclear why the building projects were executed with such speed and scale.  
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The Origins of China’s Island Construction in the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

The Origins of China’s Island Construction in the South China Sea

Proposals for island construction in the Spratly Islands had been around for some time before Xi Jinping became president. Although the Hu Jintao leadership preferred not to act forcefully, the relevant bureaucracies were growing increasingly furious with what they saw as continued infringement of Chinese sovereign rights.
By Feng Zhang - 05 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
National Interests, International Law, and China’s Position on the South China Sea Disputes
Security,Hotspots,China

National Interests, International Law, and China’s Position on the South China Sea Disputes

China’s non-participation policy in the South China Sea arbitration case goes against its own national interests, as there are probably better ways to deal with the difficulties that China is facing in the South China Sea disputes.
By Jiangyu Wang - 06 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
America’s Strategic Misjudgment and Miscalculation in the South China Sea Issue
Security,Hotspots,China

America’s Strategic Misjudgment and Miscalculation in the South China Sea Issue

The US has misjudged China, its intention and its role. It based its judgement on its own historical experience as an expansionistic empire and its deeply rooted great power ideology, and not on China’s diplomatic performance in the region.  
The Dynamic Balance of Power in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

The Dynamic Balance of Power in the South China Sea

The discussion and debate on the South China Sea dispute has fallen into a deadlock between two monological contexts, generally between Chinese commenters and their counterparts from the US and its allies.
North Korea’s Nuclear Test and ROK-China Relations: A South Korean Perspective
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear Test and ROK-China Relations: A South Korean Perspective

The issue of the greatest concern is Xi Jinping’s attendance at the Nuclear Security Summit which will be held from March 31 to April 1 in Washington, DC, as well as the Obama-Xi meeting on that occasion.
By Sun-Jin Lee - 23 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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