US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 19 Feb 2019

US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea

US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson met with senior Chinese military leaders in Beijing in January 2019. The discussions focused primarily on how to manage increasingly dangerous encounters between vessels and aircraft of the two navies.
Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Andrea Chloe Wong - 14 Feb 2019

Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy

Rohingya Crisis Casts Shadow on Myanmar Investment Showcase
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 13 Feb 2019

Rohingya Crisis Casts Shadow on Myanmar Investment Showcase

Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?

A well-known Washington DC based think tank has widely disseminated its latest “revelation” regarding the “nefarious” activities and intentions of China’s fishing fleet in the disputed Spratlys.
Cambodia after the 2018 Election: The Issue of Legitimacy
Politics,Southeast Asia

Cambodia after the 2018 Election: The Issue of Legitimacy

Following Cambodia’s national election in July 2018, there are a number of key challenges facing Prime Minister Hun Sen. He and his government need both internal and external political legitimacy to survive.
Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization

Singapore’s relations with China can be traced back to the precolonial period. Archeological digs have uncovered “Chinese glass beads and vessels, as well as the fragment of a rare porcelain pillow and a unique compass bowl,” suggesting “an exceptionally close relationship with China.”
Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia

The unparalleled mix of the EU’s wish to have a complementary relationship with China, the priority it gives to trade, as well as the divisions within the Union that interrupt its common foreign policy, explain why it contributes little to Southeast Asian security.
India’s Budding Relationship with Myanmar: What It Means to China
Politics,South Asia,Southeast Asia

India’s Budding Relationship with Myanmar: What It Means to China

In December 2018, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind paid a five-day visit to provide assistance to Myanmar in terms of the planned repatriation of Rohingya refugees and to enhance the trade cooperation between the two countries.
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Assessing the China-Philippines MOU on Cooperation on Oil and Gas Development
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

Assessing the China-Philippines MOU on Cooperation on Oil and Gas Development

The MOU between the Philippines and China is an important step for bilateral efforts towards the direction of expanding cooperation to marine resources development. It will also impact dispute management and peace and security in the South China Sea.
The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines

Washington DC based analysts sharply criticized the policy and actions of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration regarding China’s actions in the South China Sea, reflecting the US government concern that under Duterte it is “losing” the Philippines.
Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit

The outcomes of the ASEAN Summit can be divided into two main categories: the “cautious optimism” view, and the “missed opportunity” interpretation, against the backdrop of a G2 titans’ clash between the US and China.
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?

China-US disputes over FONOPs in the South China Sea do not involve conflicts of core interests. Neither China nor the US should raise them to a full military confrontation.
By Xiaobo Liu - 05 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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