The South China Sea: The Wailing of the Warmongers
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 28 Mar 2019

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

By Rachael M. Rudolph - 25 Mar 2019

The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea

The Quad: Whistling by its Grave
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By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Mar 2019

The Quad: Whistling by its Grave

Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?
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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?
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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
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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
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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.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Regional Responses, Prospects and Challenges
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Regional Responses, Prospects and Challenges

Given the first Trump-Kim summit’s lack of details on the denuclearization process, special attention should be given to the possible compromise between two sides such as the reciprocal responses from the US if North Korea is willing to close its nuclear facilities.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Vietnam’s Place in the Sun
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Vietnam’s Place in the Sun

The announcement of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi as the site of the second Trump-Kim summit has truly marked the Southeast Asian nation’s coming of age. It shows that Vietnam has truly come into prominence on the global stage.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Feb 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea
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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
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Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy

Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, Philippine relations with China have experienced a remarkable renaissance. Duterte’s accommodating policy towards the Chinese government has however caused increasing anxiety among the Filipino public.
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