The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Feb 2018

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

Gordon Chang wrote recently in the National Interest that China is “itching for a confrontation” in response to the January 17, 2018 innocent passage of the USS Hopper near Scarborough Shoal. James Holmes argued that China does not really want confrontation.
Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By H. Christoph Steinhardt & Linda Chelan Li - 19 Feb 2018

Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options

South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 05 Feb 2018

South China Sea: Some Recent Analyses Lack Balance

Understanding the US-China Impasse on North Korea
Hotspots,East Asia

Understanding the US-China Impasse on North Korea

It appears that the US and China are at odds about resolving the North Korean nuclear weapons and missile threat problem. This is especially so since President Trump accused China of breaking UN sanctions by shipping oil to North Korea. China denies the charge.
The Underreported Crises of 2017
Security,Hotspots

The Underreported Crises of 2017

In 2017, the world’s press mostly focused on Donald Trump’s presidency in the US; China’s rise; and a number of global crises. 2017 also witnessed several other major humanitarian crises which, given the scale of the human suffering involved, were underreported by the world’s press.
US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View
Politics,Hotspots

US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View

The majority of Chinese state media appears to consider the current US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem as unfortunate and untimely. The stronger op-eds in the Chinese state media conceptualize the decision as an avenue that may incur retaliation against the US.
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Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed
Hotspots,China

Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed

US pressure, both public and private, is forcing each prospective member as well as other players to face some very tough decisions regarding their future relations with China. To the chagrin of the US, their decisions are neither easy nor clear cut.
The Quad and the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

The Quad and the South China Sea

The Trump administration has re-raised the decade-old geopolitical concept of the “Indo-Pacific” region and is proposing and pushing a so-called “Quad,” a potential security arrangement among the four large democracies of India, Australia, Japan, and the US.
How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?
Hotspots,China

How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?

Although Chinese President Xi Jinping had mentioned China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea in his 19th Party Congress report as a domestic issue that didn’t pertain to external actors, US President Donald Trump did not offer any pushback during his Asia tour.
By Nong Hong - 01 Dec 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective
Hotspots

The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective

PacNet, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently carried a debate between Stanford scholar Donald Emmerson and Harvard-affiliated scholar Andrew Taffer focusing on the US practice of “fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”
Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots

Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea

In the joint statement of the US President and the Vietnamese President, the longest paragraph was the one that addressed the South China Sea issues. The joint statement with the Philippine President essentially repeated phrases from the US-Vietnam’s joint statement.
The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned
Security,Hotspots

The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned

As ASEAN and its dialogue partners gather in the Philippines for their annual political and security gab-fest, the East Asian Summit, there is a grudging but growing recognition that US policy regarding the South China Sea imbroglio has failed.
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