Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Jaewoo Choo - 03 Apr 2018

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”

Kim Jong-un’s visit was very strategically calculated. It had two purposes. The first was to bring China-North Korea relations back on track. The second was to seek China’s insurance and confirm China’s patron-state status.
The Philippines, China and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 26 Mar 2018

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 19 Mar 2018

The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions

US May Enforce North Korea Sanctions Without UN Approval
Hotspots,East Asia

US May Enforce North Korea Sanctions Without UN Approval

The US is trying to organize a "coalition of the willing" to interdict US listed suspect ships carrying UN-banned cargo to or from North Korea. If it fails to win support to do this from Russia and China, the US may be willing to use necessary force without UNSC approval.
Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

Largely unhindered filibustering results in notably more harm than good being visited on any serious legislative process. Full freedoms to filibuster will lead to regular abuses of process at the expense of making timely progress on significant, legislative proposals.
Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Security,Hotspots,China

Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In the wake of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s pilgrimage to Washington, Australia is edging ever closer to publicly choosing between China and the US in its Asia security policy. It may well become reality and with the choice comes consequences.
The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

Gordon Chang wrote recently in the National Interest that China is “itching for a confrontation” in response to the January 17, 2018 innocent passage of the USS Hopper near Scarborough Shoal. James Holmes argued that China does not really want confrontation.
Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options

Through re-examining survey data on political identities in Hong Kong since 1997, we refute the widespread assumption that national and local identities are in a zero-sum relationship and argues for a measurement of identities different from the standard approach.
South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance

Two recent publications by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for International and Security Studies condemn China’s policies and actions in the South China Sea while ignoring the similar transgressions of the others there.
Understanding the US-China Impasse on North Korea
Hotspots,East Asia

Understanding the US-China Impasse on North Korea

It appears that the US and China are at odds about resolving the North Korean nuclear weapons and missile threat problem. This is especially so since President Trump accused China of breaking UN sanctions by shipping oil to North Korea. China denies the charge.
The Underreported Crises of 2017
Security,Hotspots

The Underreported Crises of 2017

In 2017, the world’s press mostly focused on Donald Trump’s presidency in the US; China’s rise; and a number of global crises. 2017 also witnessed several other major humanitarian crises which, given the scale of the human suffering involved, were underreported by the world’s press.
US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View
Politics,Hotspots

US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View

The majority of Chinese state media appears to consider the current US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem as unfortunate and untimely. The stronger op-eds in the Chinese state media conceptualize the decision as an avenue that may incur retaliation against the US.
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