Why Is China Building New Islands in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China
By Feng Zhang - 07 May 2016

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.  
New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform
Politics,Security,China

By Gang Chen - 22 Apr 2016

New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform

National Interests, International Law, and China’s Position on the South China Sea Disputes
Security,Hotspots,China

By Jiangyu Wang - 06 Apr 2016

National Interests, International Law, and China’s Position on the South China Sea Disputes

America’s Strategic Misjudgment and Miscalculation in the South China Sea Issue
Security,Hotspots,China

America’s Strategic Misjudgment and Miscalculation in the South China Sea Issue

The US has misjudged China, its intention and its role. It based its judgement on its own historical experience as an expansionistic empire and its deeply rooted great power ideology, and not on China’s diplomatic performance in the region.  
The Brussels and Lahore Bombings of March 2016 and Their Implications for China’s War on Terror
Security,China,South Asia

The Brussels and Lahore Bombings of March 2016 and Their Implications for China’s War on Terror

The Brussels attack and last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris have the potential to sway the shocked governments of Western Europe to offer greater support for China’s ongoing struggle against Uighur jihadists in Xinjiang.
America’s Dangerous Strategic Probes in the South China Sea
Security,China

America’s Dangerous Strategic Probes in the South China Sea

The US is using a steady progression of small, incremental steps to impose costs on China while avoiding an escalation to military conflict.
By Bo Hu - 28 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Is Australia Becoming an Appendage of the US Rebalance?
Security,China

Is Australia Becoming an Appendage of the US Rebalance?

Can Beijing hope for a somewhat independent or balanced Australian analysis of the changing Indo-Pacific regional order? The DWP’s treatment of the US rebalance doesn’t inspire confidence.
By Feng Zhang - 24 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Dynamic Balance of Power in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

The Dynamic Balance of Power in the South China Sea

The discussion and debate on the South China Sea dispute has fallen into a deadlock between two monological contexts, generally between Chinese commenters and their counterparts from the US and its allies.
North Korea’s Nuclear Test and ROK-China Relations: A South Korean Perspective
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear Test and ROK-China Relations: A South Korean Perspective

The issue of the greatest concern is Xi Jinping’s attendance at the Nuclear Security Summit which will be held from March 31 to April 1 in Washington, DC, as well as the Obama-Xi meeting on that occasion.
By Sun-Jin Lee - 23 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Tests: Will it Unite or Divide Beijing and Washington?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Tests: Will it Unite or Divide Beijing and Washington?

More than a month has passed since North Korea’s January 6 nuclear test, but no sanctions have been adopted, due largely to the differences between China and the United States over the severity, scope, and the very purpose of punitive measures.
Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea: A Modus Vivendi between the US and China?
Security,Hotspots,China

Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea: A Modus Vivendi between the US and China?

The US intended to carry out its self-styled military-diplomatic policy of “freedom of navigations operations” to challenge what it perceived as China’s “excessive maritime claims.”
By Feng Zhang - 10 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
What North Korea Tells Us About the International System
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

What North Korea Tells Us About the International System

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the quintessential “rogue state”, but one that the so-called “international community” has proved incapable of influencing.
By Mark Beeson - 01 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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