China’s Military Reform: In Search of Centrality and Joint Capability
Security,China
By Bojian Liu - 02 Jun 2016

China’s Military Reform: In Search of Centrality and Joint Capability

From November 2015 to February 2016, China officially launched the long-expected military overhaul to move the PLA away from its Soviet-style command structures towards an American-style joint operation command of the army, navy, air force, etc.
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

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

East Asia and its Response to the “H” Test

Japan has common interests with China in stopping nuclear proliferation in Northeast Asia. The H-bomb test may then end up as a common rallying point that can bring Japan, China, and South Korea together facing a common threat.
By Tai Wei Lim - 26 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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...
Xi Jinping's 2015 State Visit to the US: The Road from Sunnylands
Security,Cyberspace

Xi Jinping's 2015 State Visit to the US: The Road from Sunnylands

While Xi Jinping’s 2015 visit to the United States counts as his first state visit to the country, this was not the first time he had visited the US as Chinese president.
Australia Finds its Home in Southeast Asia: 2016 Defense White Paper
Security,Southeast Asia

Australia Finds its Home in Southeast Asia: 2016 Defense White Paper

The strategic heart of Australia’s 2016 Defense White Paper is a focus on “a secure nearer region, encompassing maritime South East Asia and the South Pacific.”
By Andrew Carr - 07 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
South China Sea Code of Conduct: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
Security,Southeast Asia

South China Sea Code of Conduct: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

A recent China-ASEAN agreement for a “framework” for a South China Sea Code of Conduct has triggered an outburst of diplomatic optimism. But the sad reality is that there has been little progress towards a binding, robust COC.  
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.
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