Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

    By Mark J. Valencia Oct. 17, 2017
    On October 10, 2017, the US executed yet another FONOP challenging what it says are illegal Chinese claims in the South China Sea. So why does the US Navy deem it necessary to keep repeating specific kinetic challenges to the same specific claim?

    China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal

    By Yongnian Zheng on Oct. 16, 2017

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    By Tai Wei Lim on Oct. 13, 2017

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Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
Hotspots,China

Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

On October 10, 2017, the US executed yet another FONOP challenging what it says are illegal Chinese claims in the South China Sea. So why does the US Navy deem it necessary to keep repeating specific kinetic challenges to the same specific claim?
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Oct.17, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal
Politics,China

China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal

In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there have been many predictions about who’s in and who’s out of the Politburo Standing Committee, fueled by observers’ fascination about political struggles, cliques, successor regime, etc.
By Yongnian Zheng  |  Oct.16, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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China Invests in Canada’s Alberta Oil Sands
Economy,China

China Invests in Canada’s Alberta Oil Sands

China’s major investment in Canada’s energy sector, in particular the Alberta oil sands, marks China’s continuing diversification strategy away from overdependence on Middle Eastern crude oil.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Oct.11, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea

Lawfare is “a form of asymmetric warfare, consisting of using the legal system against an enemy, such as by damaging or delegitimizing them, tying up their time or winning a public relations victory.” China and the US both use it with regard to the South China Sea.  
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Oct.09, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Kulsoom Nawaz Wins Pakistan By-Election: Who’s Next in the Leadership
Politics,South Asia

Kulsoom Nawaz Wins Pakistan By-Election: Who’s Next in the Leadership

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz won the NA-120 seat by-election, which was vacated after Sharif resigned from his Prime Minister position and Parliament in July 2017 after a Supreme Court ruling.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini   |  Oct.04, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects
Economy,China

China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects

As of July 2017, China has allocated more than USD 100 billion to pay for Belt and Road Initiaitve projects, including the massive USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and a pan-Asian high-speed railway.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Oct.03, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The “South Pacific Way”: A New Model of Global Governance?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

The “South Pacific Way”: A New Model of Global Governance?

Australia and New Zealand may hold potential to offer an alternative pathway to realpolitik in international relations (like the current Sino-US geopolitical rivalry) — a model of global governance which valorizes democracy, but free from the intention to establish hegemony.
By Bo Yuan Chang   |  Oct.02, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar: Misperceptions and Differences in Opinions
Security,Southeast Asia

The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar: Misperceptions and Differences in Opinions

Rohingya militants launched raids on Rakhine law enforcement outposts on August 25, 2017 and killed 12 law enforcers. The response led by the Myanmarese military triggered off a massive exodus of refugees, including women and children, from Rohingya villages into nearby Bangladesh.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Sep.29, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
BRICS: A Coolant for China and India?
Politics,China,South Asia

BRICS: A Coolant for China and India?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s bonhomie towards India at the 9th BRICS Summit ran contrary to his earlier hardline rhetoric during the two-month long Doklam stand-off. It can be rightly argued that BRICS acted as a coolant for Sino-Indian tension.
By Amrita Jash   |  Sep.28, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The Rohingyas: A Volatile Mix of Historical, Ethnic, Political and Religious Issues
Society,Security,Southeast Asia

The Rohingyas: A Volatile Mix of Historical, Ethnic, Political and Religious Issues

While more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have been reported to have escaped from Myanmar, the Rohingya issue remains complicated and long-standing, with multiple factors — historical, ethnic, religious, and political — intertwined.
By Wen Xin Lim   |  Sep.27, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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