The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Jul 2019

The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around

On June 9, 2019, there was a collision between two fishing boats in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone, one a China-flagged vessel and one a Philippines-flagged fishing boat. The incident elicited wild accusations and demands for precipitous retaliatory action.
The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation
Politics,Security,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 08 Jul 2019

The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation

Xi Jinping’s Visit to North Korea: China is a Useful Leverage?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 04 Jul 2019

Xi Jinping’s Visit to North Korea: China is a Useful Leverage?

Accountability of Hong Kong Leaders Is at Stake
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Accountability of Hong Kong Leaders Is at Stake

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam stressed that the proposed amendment to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance stemmed primarily from a murder, and was not a mandate from the central government.
By Alfred M. Wu - 02 Jul 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?

Economic coercion is a major instrument of Trump’s policy towards Iran. Economic force explains why Trump imposed new unilateral sanctions against Iran to stem the alleged militarization of its nuclear program.
Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War

Between all the warnings and threats, none of America’s Middle East allies would want a war, even as they would like to see Iran weakened. Trump also wants to avoid war, embarking on the path of even harsher sanctions and building up a coalition to guard the Strait of Hormuz.
A New Social Movement Against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

A New Social Movement Against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill

Although there were regular mass demonstrations, the Occupy Central campaign, and later on the Umbrella Movement, many people did not expect that around two million Hong Kong people would take to the streets to protest the controversial extradition bill.
By Hak Yin Li - 21 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea

There is no universal agreement on the interpretation of key provisions in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Indeed, important differences are emerging between Southeast Asian nations and the US regarding the theory and enforcement of freedom of navigation.
US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical

Three US Senators have reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. Its purpose is to “impose sanctions against Chinese entities that participate in Beijing’s attempts to assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.”
A Conspicuous Innovation in Chinese Jurisprudence: The Advisory Interpretation
Politics,Hotspots,China

A Conspicuous Innovation in Chinese Jurisprudence: The Advisory Interpretation

In late 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress issued an Advisory Interpretation for the very first time. It arose from the intense debate about establishing joint Hong Kong and Mainland immigration facilities at the new Hong Kong High Speed Rail station.
A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?

On April 12, 2019, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un finally uttered publicly he was open to a third summit with US President Donald J Trump. Trump himself does not appear to rule out the possibility of a third summit.
By Tai Wei Lim - 16 May 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
My Brush with the Giant Clam “War” in the South China Sea
Environment,Hotspots

My Brush with the Giant Clam “War” in the South China Sea

In the early 2000s, when I accepted an invitation to speak at one of the very first of what has since become a very prestigious annual event, The Boao Forum for Asia — I had no idea I might wind up playing a minor role in what became the great giant clam controversy.
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