How Concerned Should China Be about Brexit?
Politics,Economy,Hotspots,China
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 27 Jun 2016

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.
Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea
Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 09 Jun 2016

Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 06 Jun 2016

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

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.  
By Huong Le Thu - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations

A key event in Sino-Philippine relations that Duterte will inherit from the outgoing Aquino administration is the upcoming verdict in the arbitration case on the Sino-Philippine maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
Duterte and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Duterte and the South China Sea

Rodrigo Duterte won the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines with a convincing victory. Duterte’s Trump-like rhetoric has caused considerable anxiety among the country’s ASEAN neighbors with regards to the South China Sea impasse.
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.  
By Feng Zhang - 07 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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...
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