What’s Behind the Philippines’ Scientific Expedition to the Spratlys?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 30 Apr 2019

What’s Behind the Philippines’ Scientific Expedition to the Spratlys?

The Philippines is undertaking a government-sponsored marine scientific expedition to the Spratlys area. While billed as an advance in scientific knowledge, it may be perceived to be a soft assertion of sovereignty.
Parsing the Present Philippines-China Contretemps
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 18 Apr 2019

Parsing the Present Philippines-China Contretemps

Complaint of China’s “Crimes Against Humanity” Likely to Fail
Environment,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 09 Apr 2019

Complaint of China’s “Crimes Against Humanity” Likely to Fail

Are “Black Market Cellphones” Helping China Leverage North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Are “Black Market Cellphones” Helping China Leverage North Korea?

China’s exports to North Korea are seen as strengthening Pyongyang’s rule. But could Chinese complicity in illicit cross-border trade be aimed at undermining or leveraging the Kim regime?
The South China Sea: The Wailing of the Warmongers
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: The Wailing of the Warmongers

There is certainly no shortage of warmongering blaring from both China and the US regarding the South China Sea. Indeed, a recent public tit-for-tat illustrates both the danger of such public advocacy and of taking it seriously.
The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea

On March 13, 2019, the US Department of State released the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Twenty-nine pages are dedicated to reporting on human rights violations in North Korea.
The Quad: Whistling by its Grave
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Quad: Whistling by its Grave

After China issued formal diplomatic protests to Quad members asking their intention, Australia withdrew from the Quad and meetings ceased. Indeed, the concept is more likely to go the way of the dodo than rise from its ashes like a phoenix.
Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?

Many had expected some form of peace deal to be inked at the end of the second Trump-Kim summit, but were disappointed when both leaders left without having lunch, sparking off worries that the breakdown was less than amicable.
By Tai Wei Lim - 19 Mar 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?

A recent article in The National Interest posed the question “Are [US] Freedom of Navigation Operations in East Asia enough?” If FONOPs are to demonstrate non-acquiescence to what the US views as a violation of international law, they may be unnecessary.
South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute

The underlying cause of the South China Sea dispute between the US and China is about dominance in Asia-Pacific and maintenance of the current world order. One influential factor is the abundance of natural resources in the South China Sea.
By Yu Fu - 08 Mar 2019 | 2 comments Read more...
US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea
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US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea

A very distinguished unofficial “task force” of US-China experts has issued a rather alarming report regarding the China threat to US security overall and in the South China Sea in particular. The group suggests that the US pressures China to comply with “global norms”.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Incremental Progress towards Needed Diplomacy
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Incremental Progress towards Needed Diplomacy

The second Trump-Kim summit is likely the last window of opportunity for real progress in the North Korea denuclearization drama and also in establishing the basis for an incremental normalization of relations between Washington and Pyongyang.
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