China’s Military Reform: The Quest for “Jointness” in Action
Security,China
By Amrita Jash - 25 Oct 2018

China’s Military Reform: The Quest for “Jointness” in Action

The strategic move of restructuring China’s arm forces is aimed at building a joint battle system and strengthening joint command ensuring the People’s Liberation Army’s capability of “fighting and winning battles and effectively safeguarding China’s national security.”
The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 18 Oct 2018

The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?

China, Japan and the Crisis Management Mechanism in the East China Sea
Politics,Security,East Asia

By Amrita Jash - 15 Oct 2018

China, Japan and the Crisis Management Mechanism in the East China Sea

North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unprecedented four trips to North Korea in 2018. His mission for the fourth trip was quite clear — to sustain the momentum of the peace process started from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn
Security,Hotspots,China

Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn

The articles by Gordon Chang in response to Lyle Goldstein’s posted in the National Interest contain several inappropriate innuendos. One of Chang’s statements is: “Wars start because aggressors read articles like Lyle Goldstein’s and think they can take what they want.”
The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea

The National Interest has published Denny Roy’s critique of Hu Bo’s recent article regarding China and the South China Sea. His piece contains some unfair innuendos and errors of fact.
Issues Surrounding the China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism
Politics,Security,East Asia

Issues Surrounding the China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism

The China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism, activated on June 8, 2018, is a crisis management mechanism established by the defense departments of both countries to prevent friction or conflict in their frontline forces of the sea and air.
By Xiaobo Liu - 24 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative recently released a “A Blueprint for Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea.” It is an important contribution to thinking about interim solutions to these seemingly intractable disputes.
The Vostok-18 War Games: Russia Launches Largest Military Exercise with China
Politics,Security,China

The Vostok-18 War Games: Russia Launches Largest Military Exercise with China

Vostok-18 is the largest military exercise hosted by Moscow since the 1980s. It involves a massive 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft joined by 3,200 soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army armed with 900 military equipment and 30 helicopters.
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Freedom of Navigation: A Lost Legal Doctrine
Politics,Security,China

Freedom of Navigation: A Lost Legal Doctrine

Is the legal substance and function of freedom of navigation lost in translation when it has become a central point of major power competition and an instrumental role in broader strategic debates?
By Nong Hong - 12 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea

A US Navy Poseidon 8-A flew over or “near” four of China’s occupied features in the South China Sea. A radio voice identifying itself as “the Chinese military” requested the plane to “leave immediately and keep off to avoid any misunderstanding.”
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