The East and South China Sea Incidents Are Not Accidents
Security,China,East Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Jul 2016

The East and South China Sea Incidents Are Not Accidents

Most such encounters are not unintentional or even unexpected. If the US persists in provocative actions despite China’s repeated requests to cease and desist, it must expect to be challenged. And if Japan continues to flaunt its control of the Senkakus, it too invites such challenges.
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

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.
The Maritime Silk Road Plan: A Way Forward for the South China Sea?
Economy,Security,China

The Maritime Silk Road Plan: A Way Forward for the South China Sea?

The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road plan, along with subtle management tactics and reconsideration of regional customs, sheds light on how the South China Sea issue can be redressed, by providing an alternative that goes beyond the over-politicized and overtly-judicialized hurdles.
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...
New Roles Played by Different PLA Departments after China’s Military Reform
Politics,Security,China

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

The four general military headquarters, Staff, Politics, Logistics and Armament, constituted the superstructure of the PLA’s central command system. After the restructuring, these four departments now have to share this prestigious status with 11 newly-promoted agencies and commissions.  
By Gang Chen - 22 Apr 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...
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.
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