The Recent China-US Airplane Incident: More than Meets the Eye
Security,Hotspots,China
By Mark J. Valencia - 31 May 2016

The Recent China-US Airplane Incident: More than Meets the Eye

According to the Pentagon, on May 17, 2016, two Chinese J-11 fighter jets intercepted a US Navy EP-3 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance plane on a “routine patrol” in “international air space” about 100 nautical miles south of China’s mainland coast and 50 nm east of Hainan.
The South China Sea Dispute: Truth and Fiction
Security,Hotspots,China

By Xiaodong Chen - 30 May 2016

The South China Sea Dispute: Truth and Fiction

East Asia and its Response to the “H” Test
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 26 May 2016

East Asia and its Response to the “H” Test

The South China Sea: The Pots Are Calling the Kettle Black
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea: The Pots Are Calling the Kettle Black

China’s claims, policies and actions in the South China Sea have been severely criticized by other claimants as well as external maritime powers. The protagonists are stepping up their public relations campaigns to bolster their positions. Much of the rhetoric fits the allegory of the pot(s) calling the kettle black as China’s major critics have undertaken similar actions.
The South China Sea Dispute: Peering into the Crystal Ball
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Dispute: Peering into the Crystal Ball

Is it all gloom and doom in the outlook of the SCS dispute as predicted by some observers? Will China’s engagements with other countries in the SCS escalate into open confrontation or even war?
Why the Arbitration Initiated by the Philippines Threatens Peace and Stability in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots

Why the Arbitration Initiated by the Philippines Threatens Peace and Stability in the South China Sea?

The essence of the disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea is the territorial disputes caused by the illegal occupation of China’s maritime features in the Nansha Islands by the Philippines in the 1970s in violation of the UN Charter.
By Yang Lu - 02 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Why China Does Not Accept or Recognize the South China Sea Arbitration by the Philippines?
Security,Hotspots

Why China Does Not Accept or Recognize the South China Sea Arbitration by the Philippines?

There has been a long-standing agreement between China and the Philippines on resolving their disputes in the South China Sea through friendly consultation and negotiation. From 1995 to 2011, there were at least 6 joint statements between the two countries repeatedly reaffirming negotiation as the means for settling their relevant disputes.
By Jianguo Xiao - 28 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Pakistan’s Unenviable Position in the Intra-Arab Rift
Politics,Hotspots,South Asia

Pakistan’s Unenviable Position in the Intra-Arab Rift

On June 12, 2017, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Jeddah to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He was reportedly bluntly asked by King Salman: “Are you with us or with Qatar?”
China’s East China Sea ADIZ is Not a “Grab for Sovereignty”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

China’s East China Sea ADIZ is Not a “Grab for Sovereignty”

An article by James Holmes of the US Naval War College in The National Interest made several false allegations regarding China’s actions and ascribed nefarious motives to its declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea.
Vietnam: A Member State that Could Safeguard ASEAN’s Fragile Unity?
Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Vietnam: A Member State that Could Safeguard ASEAN’s Fragile Unity?

The current regional political constellation — in particular the trend of concentrating on domestic politics at the expense of regional matters — partially explains the weakening commitment to ASEAN across Southeast Asia. This contributes to an expectation for countries with strong regional agendas, like Vietnam, to step up.
By Huong Le Thu - 10 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
How Should the Chinese Nation Tackle South China Sea Issues?
Hotspots,China,East Asia

How Should the Chinese Nation Tackle South China Sea Issues?

Taipei and Beijing should designate a maritime commons area within the U-shaped line, which is equivalent to “other sea area,” so as to pacify an assertive Washington and other maritime powers.
How Concerned Should China Be about Brexit?
Politics,Economy,Hotspots,China

How Concerned Should China Be about Brexit?

The loss of the “Remain” vote in the referendum puts into question the multibillion dollar Sino-UK cooperation agreements signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UK last year, in particular the Hinkley Point nuclear project.
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