The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Aug 2018

The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea

At the ASEAN meetings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated an indirect but obvious warning to China that Washington was committed to the rule of law in the South China Sea. He then announced a security aid package to Southeast Asia prioritizing maritime security.
A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Aug 2018

A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

The Cambodian Election and its Outcome
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 08 Aug 2018

The Cambodian Election and its Outcome

The Spiral Repetitions of Cambodia’s 2018 General Election
Politics,Southeast Asia

The Spiral Repetitions of Cambodia’s 2018 General Election

The 1998 Cambodian General Election was held in the aftermath of the crushing of the Funcinpec Party, while the 2018 General Election was held in the aftermath of the ouster of the CNRP.
The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists

A recent poll purports to show that there is a huge domestic opposition to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “soft” approach to China supposedly gathering steam.
The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia

The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy

In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
The South China Sea: Are Pundits and Politicians Pushing the US into War?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: Are Pundits and Politicians Pushing the US into War?

Over the past few years, bashing China for its policy and actions in the South China Sea has become quite common in the US foreign policy community. More recently, the criticism has become ever more strident and dangerous.
Domestic Workers’ Woes Spark Tension between Philippines and Kuwait
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Domestic Workers’ Woes Spark Tension between Philippines and Kuwait

As the rising number of reported cases of abuse suffered by Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait reveals, these maids are vulnerable to all forms of maltreatment, including physical, sexual or verbal abuse, non-payment of salaries, and long working hours with no rest days.
The South China Sea: How to Manage China-US Differences
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: How to Manage China-US Differences

In order to manage and bridge their differences in the South China Sea, China and the US should not be trapped in the preconceived idea that conflicts are inevitable but rather put themselves in each other’s shoes.
By Li Yang - 30 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: Realpolitik Does Indeed Trump Moralpolitik
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: Realpolitik Does Indeed Trump Moralpolitik

In a recent posting in The Diplomat, Tuan N. Pham denies that realpolitik can triumph or has triumphed over moralpolitik and urges the US not to “back down” in the South China Sea.
A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision

A team of legal experts from the Chinese Society of International Law has just published a major critique of the PCA arbitral award in the case of Philippines v. China on their South China Sea dispute in the Chinese Journal of International Law.
Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor
Politics,Southeast Asia

Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s election victory should be understood as being less about Mahathir and more about the Malaysian electorate’s anger with former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government.
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