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

By Mark J. Valencia - 07 Dec 2018

The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines

Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Dec 2018

Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit

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...
Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?

In October 2018, the MoU on the feasibility study of the Muse-Mandalay railway, a part of the USD 20 billion Sino-Myanmar railway, was signed. This led to the speculation that the canceled Sino-Myanmar railway might be resumed.
By Nian Peng - 04 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
South China Sea: Drone Development and Use Outpacing International Law
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: Drone Development and Use Outpacing International Law

The US and China are increasingly confronting each other militarily in the South China Sea. The US is deploying new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads. China’s use of drones in the East China Sea has already raised political hackles.
Better Late Than Never? The Final Verdicts of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Politics,Southeast Asia

Better Late Than Never? The Final Verdicts of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

On November 16, 2018, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal handed down its verdicts for Case 002/02. The surviving top leaders of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, were found guilty of “various crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.”
Meeting China’s Rise: Proposing A New Rebalancing Strategy for ASEAN
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Meeting China’s Rise: Proposing A New Rebalancing Strategy for ASEAN

ASEAN states’ unwavering support of the “ASEAN Way,” characterized by the making of consensus in tackling regional issues, probably suggested that they maintained a prudent and pragmatic diplomatic posture towards China, in between firm rebalancing and full endorsement.
Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?

The EU warned that it would withdraw its trade preferences given to Cambodia, if Cambodia could not reverse the perceived deterioration of its human rights situation. The country should not underestimate the potential severe impact of the withdrawal on its garment industry.
The “Blueprints for Management of the South China Sea”: A Critique
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The “Blueprints for Management of the South China Sea”: A Critique

A robust, binding code of conduct for the South China Sea has become a “holy grail” for analysts and decision makers alike. Many have tried to find it and failed. The Blueprint for a South China Sea Code of Conduct is likely to fail to gain wide acceptance too.
Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Will EU’s Sanctions Mean a Closer Embrace for China and Cambodia?

The EU has started the process to withdraw Cambodia’s trade benefits under the “Everything But Arms arrangement, or EBA, which guarantees completely tariff-free access to the European market for all exports except for weapons and ammunition.”
The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Decatur Episode: Time for a US-China Incidents at Sea Agreement?

The near-collision between the United States warship Decatur and a Chinese warship in September 2018 is only the most recent in a series of near misses between their warships and warplanes in and over the South China Sea.
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