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

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.
South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Xiaobo Liu - 05 Dec 2018

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

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

By Nian Peng - 04 Dec 2018

Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?

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.
Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China
Politics,Security,China

Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China

The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia.
Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”
Security,China

Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “Lagging behind on the military front is lethal to the security of the country. I have read a lot on China’s modern history, and it gives me great pain whenever I come across a time when we dropped back (in military building) and fell victim to invasions”.
By Amrita Jash - 15 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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.
Where Should We Go Next? Opportunities and Challenges in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Where Should We Go Next? Opportunities and Challenges in the South China Sea

With more than two years of relative peace and stability in the South China Sea since the conclusion of the South China Sea arbitration, there are now sporadic and occasional tensions in that region.
By Shicun Wu - 31 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The 2018 Xiangshan Forum: Regional Issues and the North Korean Entrance
Politics,Security,China

The 2018 Xiangshan Forum: Regional Issues and the North Korean Entrance

The Xiangshan Forum, one of East Asia’s premier security forums, is being held in Beijing from October 24 to 26, 2018. What has attracted the attention of international observers is Pyongyang sending a delegation led by two heavyweights.
By Tai Wei Lim - 26 Oct 2018 | 12 comments Read more...
China’s Military Reform: The Quest for “Jointness” in Action
Security,China

China’s Military Reform: The Quest for “Jointness” in Action

The strategic move of restructuring China’s arm forces is aimed at building a joint battle system and strengthening joint command ensuring the People’s Liberation Army’s capability of “fighting and winning battles and effectively safeguarding China’s national security.”
By Amrita Jash - 25 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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.
China, Japan and the Crisis Management Mechanism in the East China Sea
Politics,Security,East Asia

China, Japan and the Crisis Management Mechanism in the East China Sea

At Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 9, 2018, the “Maritime and Aerial Communication Mechanism between the defense authorities of China and Japan” was set up to prevent accidental clashes in the air and at sea.
By Amrita Jash - 15 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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