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Security,East Asia
By Huong Le Thu - 21 Feb 2017

Time for Asia-Pacific Middle Powers to Do More for Regional Security?

South Korea and Australia, being established middle powers and allies of the US, are facing the challenge of the changing nature of the cordial relationship with the Washington. Unlike the smaller players, they are in a position to take a more active role in shaping the regional order.
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Society,Security,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 19 Jan 2017

South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists

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Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 10 Jan 2017

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects

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Society,Security

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing

Since the International Security Assistance Force drawdown from Afghanistan in December 2014, America’s ad-hoc and confusing policies, the incompetence of the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s inflexibility to peace talks have complicated the stalemate of the Afghan conflict.
By Abdul Basit - 06 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye

On 16 December, the US Department of Defense announced that it had issued a formal protest to China demanding the return of an underwater drone. After several days of verbal tit-for tat, China returned the drone. The US Navy is determining whether the seizure was a “low-level” action by the sailors or a top down message by senior Chinese leaders.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The US asserted that the underwater drone seized by China enjoyed sovereign immunity. Its argument is legally flawed if one takes a closer look at the rules of sovereign immunity in the law of the sea and how the US navy applies the drone to its missions.
By Yan Yan - 27 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Security,East Asia

The Rising Specter of a Security Dilemma in Asia

Asia is ripe for rivalry after Donald J. Trump became US President-elect in November 2016, and the root of the ensuing conflict is the uncertainty of US commitment toward its Asian allies, which will lead to a security dilemma of two different directions.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Disputes: What’s Next?

China should take advantage of the favorable situation in the South China Sea region to maintain stability. China should also keep improving the situation by strengthening its relations with the US, the other claimant countries, and the ASEAN countries.
By Shicun Wu - 01 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots

US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific

The US’ military deployments and activities in the Asia-Pacific region are important manifestations of its “rebalancing” strategy. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the US global military strategy has been to shift its focus and priority toward the Asia-Pacific region.
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Security,Hotspots

No Restraint: Judicial Activism in the South China Sea Ruling

Although the tribunal enjoyed ample latitude to carve out a constructive, mid-path interpretation of a critically important but ill-defined provision of maritime law, it chose to indulge in a tortuous train of legal thought that lacked basis in case law and produced a zero-sum outcome that overwhelmingly favored Manila.  
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Security,Hotspots,China

Trump and the South China Sea

“Make America Great Again” was Trump’s campaign slogan. This probably translates to a Reaganesque “peace through strength” approach. Implementing such a policy in Southeast Asia is likely to be accompanied by blusters, threats and shows of force and gunboat diplomacy.
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Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

New Dynamics in ASEAN’s Stance on South China Sea

The success of Duterte’s visits to Beijing and Tokyo has initiated new dynamics in ASEAN’s position on the South China Sea issue. The Philippines will assume the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN next year and its success in lowering tensions on the South China Sea issue will likely become the ASEAN stand.
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Security

Trump and Borders

Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall was inspired by Israel’s 700 km separation barrier from the Palestinian West Bank. While the Palestinians see the barrier as an “apartheid wall,” the Israelis see it as an “anti-terrorist fence,” and Trump views it as a “successful … security fence.”
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Security,Hotspots,China

Why the US-China Contest for the South China Sea Is So Dangerous

A debate between Kurt Campbell, the architect of the US pivot to Asia, and Australian strategic thinker Hugh White makes clear that the South China Sea has become the cockpit of US-China competition for domination of Asia. The outcome may determine whose principles, values and “order” will shape the future of Asia.
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Security,Cyberspace,China

China’s Cyber War Against the US: How True?

In recent years, “engaging in cyber warfare” has become part of the parlance used by those who discuss US-China relations. Its use has become even more frequent in the last two or three years. How true are these charges? What is the evidence?
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Security,Hotspots,China

Elements of a South China Sea Deal: Saving Face and Making Money

Some US academics suggest that a US-China grand bargain to establish a balance of power is a precondition for peace in the South China Sea region. Or, will a legal deal establishing a joint development regime and disengagement from illegal maritime assertions solve most of the current problems?
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Economy,Security

The 8th BRICS Summit at Goa, India

The Goa Declaration that was issued at the conclusion of the 8th BRICS summit “strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” — including the “recent attacks against some BRICS countries” — and also pledged that the BRICS nations would work with the G20 to promote “robust and sustainable trade and investment to propel global growth.”  
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Security,South Asia

Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction

On September 29, 2016, it was announced that India had carried out “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control and destroyed so-called “terror launch pads” where terrorists had allegedly assembled to infiltrate Indian-administered Kashmir. Pakistan responded by rejecting them as an over-exaggeration and fabrication of the truth.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Oct 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea: After the Big Bang

It has now been nearly three months since the arbitral panel ruling against China’s claims to maritime space in the South China Sea. The decision has set in motion political and military adjustments. But none of them contribute to the resolution of the conflicting claims or to the contest between the US and China.
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Security,East Asia

Submarine Acquisitions in East Asia: A Reflection of Geopolitics

Submarine acquisitions in East Asia reflect ongoing geopolitical movements and trends. The ultimate fear is that submarines may become the capital ships in sea-lane denial missions. Submarine acquisitions are as much for bilateral diplomacy as they are military hardware acquisitions.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Economy,Security,South Asia

Dialogue and Water Cooperation in the Brahmaputra River Basin

The key challenge in the Brahmaputra River Basin is the rising suspicion and distrust, and the lack of open communications between the countries. Negotiations that have happened so far are essentially bilateral and confidential with no public participation.
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Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus

North Korea knows that the world is unfair, as all the five permanent members on the United Nations Security Council have nuclear weapons, while the rest of the world cannot. Or wait a minute, a few others can also have nuclear weapons. So why can’t North Korea have nukes?
By Dingli Shen - 14 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Security,South Asia

Terrorism and Geopolitics in South Asia

2016 has proven to be a busy year thus far for diplomats of the major world powers as they flew into South Asia’s capitals to cut deals and cooperate in combating terrorism as well as extending areas of cooperation with geopolitical implications.
By Tai Wei Lim - 08 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Southeast Asia

Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand

The Mother’s Day bombings were followed with a double bombing in the southern provincial capital city of Pattani. The Thai military government soon turned its attention to the Malay Muslim insurgents of southern Thailand, in particular the military wing of the Patani Malay National Revolutionary Front.
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Security,China,Southeast Asia

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation

The river security of the Mekong has emerged as another area of growing contestation and despite its lower international profile and arguably lower global impact, this sub-region will have a determining factor on China’s relations with Southeast Asia.  
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Security,Hotspots

Asia’s Future: Become Another Middle East or Avoid South China Sea War

Since the announcement of the ruling, all concerned parties are still mulling their next moves. The actions they take will decide which direction Asia heads to: spiral into a Middle Eastern type of crisis, or avoid war and head towards peace and stability.
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Security,China,South Asia

The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

On August 8, 2016, over 70 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a suicide bombing in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. As Balochistan is the location of Gwadar Port, the southern terminus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the massacre highlights the security risks facing CPEC.
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Politics,Security,Hotspots

Chinese and Vietnamese Nationalism and the South China Sea

While hostilities resulting from territorial disputes driven by nationalism and history continue to overshadow the relationship between Vietnam and China, a military conflict is unlikely to occur, unless decision-makers consider the resulting economic, military and political disasters to be bearable.
By Wei Luo - 15 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

Is China Building a Maritime Militia?

There is no secret that all the South China Sea claimant parties view their fishermen as important defenders of their respective claims in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Nonetheless, the securitized fishery discourse is overblown.  
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Security,Hotspots,East Asia

THAAD and the Fate of Sino-Korean Relations

South Korea is feeling the heat, not only from the heat waves of summer but also from the heated debates surrounding President Park Geun-hye’s July 8 announcement of the decision to deploy THAAD. The nation has been polarized between those saying “nay” and “aye.”
By Jaewoo Choo - 11 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Politics,Security,Hotspots

Brexit and the Future of Regionalism

The UK’s exit from the EU is a cautionary tale to other forms of regionalism. The US has dominated NATO, the North American Free Trade Area, and is also committed to constructing new types of regionalism such as the TPP and TTIP. Yet, it is questionable if this non-inclusive form of regionalism established will be sustainable.
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Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

Prospects and Challenges for China after the South China Sea Arbitration

Observers have argued that China did not fully appreciate the implications of not participating in the arbitration process. Not only did it give up its right to appoint the arbitrators, it also gave up its right to present its legal arguments and evidence to the tribunal and the international audience.
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Security,Hotspots,China

Can the US–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Do Anything about the South China Sea?

Given Washington’s rather overheated rhetoric on the South China Sea, might future iterations of the SED achieve any breakthrough in this most volatile area of US–China strategic relations?
By Feng Zhang - 21 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: China Won’t Accept Cursory Judgement of its Inherent Rights

The arbitration proceedings that the Philippines initiated against China more than three years ago regarding issues in the South China Sea should soon reach its end, and the arbitral tribunal is expected to rule shortly.
By Shicun Wu - 20 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

On Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea

The fundamental guarantee of the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea is not the US or its military presence, but China, the coastal states, and regional countries’ commitment to peace, stability, prosperity, and development.
By Jian Zhou - 17 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,East Asia

Peace Offerings by Beijing and Washington Won't Work for the Korean Peninsula

A significant cut in oil supplies to North Korea will not invite its collapse unlike what conventional views hold. Instead it will coerce the regime to come out of isolation and give up nuclear weapons in order to keep the regime alive.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,China,East Asia

North Korean Nuclear Issue: Strong Leadership from China Needed

China has toughened its stance on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. I look to China for leadership in addressing the problem of potential nuclear proliferation. It can provide this first of all by getting North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
By Sun-Jin Lee - 06 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,China

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.
By Bojian Liu - 02 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Hotspots,China

The Recent China-US Airplane Incident: More than Meets the Eye

According to the Pentagon, on May 17, 2016, two Chinese J-11 fighter jets intercepted a US Navy EP-3 intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance plane on a “routine patrol” in “international air space” about 100 nautical miles south of China’s mainland coast and 50 nm east of Hainan.
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Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Dispute: Truth and Fiction

Three years after it was launched, the curtain is coming down on the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration case. Now is the time to take a step back from all the hustle and bustle to see through the past few years’ misrepresentations and distractions and get a clear understanding of the South China Sea issue.
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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...
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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.
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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?
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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Politics,Security

How Will the PLA Boost China’s Global Status?

In a seminar focusing on national defense and military reform, President Xi Jinping called for building a strong armed forces commensurate with China’s international status and compatible with national defense and interest.
By Bojian Liu - 02 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,China,East Asia

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.
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Politics,Security,Hotspots,China

Propaganda Wars over the South China Sea

China, the US and their respective supporters are engaged in a propaganda “war” regarding the South China Sea. China has launched a worldwide information campaign that justifies its position. Officials and analysts in the US have seemingly been dragged into the media “gutter” and become involved in a public information campaign of their own.
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Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

In his address to the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter outlined the US concept of a principled security network in the Asia-Pacific. The US sees China’s activities, especially in the South China Sea, as leading it towards raising a “Great Wall of self-isolation.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.  
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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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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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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Security,China

Al-Shabab and the Garissa Massacre: Implications For China in East Africa

On April 2, 2015, a group of heavily armed gunmen from the Somali al-Shabab militant organization invaded the eastern Kenyan campus of Garissa University College, shooting students sleeping in their dormitories and taking others hostage.
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Security,Southeast Asia

US-Vietnamese Reconciliation: Alliance of Convenience against China

Speculation is rife that it is now a good opportunity for the US to nurture Vietnam into a strategic ally in its pivot to Asia, but, plagued by bilateral political distrust, it seems that Vietnam can only be an ally of convenience at best.
By Bojian Liu - 29 Feb 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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Security,Southeast Asia

The 2015 Refugee Boat Crisis in Southeast Asia: Humanitarian and Security Implications

In the second half of May 2015, a refugee boat crisis unfolded in the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia, almost in parallel with the refugee boat crisis in the Mediterranean.
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