North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2018

North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unprecedented four trips to North Korea in 2018. His mission for the fourth trip was quite clear — to sustain the momentum of the peace process started from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 10 Oct 2018

Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 27 Sep 2018

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea

Issues Surrounding the China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism
Politics,Security,East Asia

Issues Surrounding the China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism

The China-Japan Maritime and Airspace Liaison Mechanism, activated on June 8, 2018, is a crisis management mechanism established by the defense departments of both countries to prevent friction or conflict in their frontline forces of the sea and air.
By Xiaobo Liu - 24 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
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US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative recently released a “A Blueprint for Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea.” It is an important contribution to thinking about interim solutions to these seemingly intractable disputes.
The Vostok-18 War Games: Russia Launches Largest Military Exercise with China
Politics,Security,China

The Vostok-18 War Games: Russia Launches Largest Military Exercise with China

Vostok-18 is the largest military exercise hosted by Moscow since the 1980s. It involves a massive 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft joined by 3,200 soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army armed with 900 military equipment and 30 helicopters.
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Freedom of Navigation: A Lost Legal Doctrine
Politics,Security,China

Freedom of Navigation: A Lost Legal Doctrine

Is the legal substance and function of freedom of navigation lost in translation when it has become a central point of major power competition and an instrumental role in broader strategic debates?
By Nong Hong - 12 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea
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China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea

A US Navy Poseidon 8-A flew over or “near” four of China’s occupied features in the South China Sea. A radio voice identifying itself as “the Chinese military” requested the plane to “leave immediately and keep off to avoid any misunderstanding.”
America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea

The US should have a grand strategy for Asia and determine the role of the South China Sea in it. But what are the US goals in Asia and does it have a “grand strategy” to achieve them?
 The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea

At the ASEAN meetings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated an indirect but obvious warning to China that Washington was committed to the rule of law in the South China Sea. He then announced a security aid package to Southeast Asia prioritizing maritime security.
Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea

In the run up to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ first visit to China from June 27-28, 2018, he said: “I want to go in without poisoning the well and do a lot of listening.” Well he certainly got an earful regarding the South China Sea.
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