The Underreported Crises of 2017
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By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 22 Dec 2017

The Underreported Crises of 2017

In 2017, the world’s press mostly focused on Donald Trump’s presidency in the US; China’s rise; and a number of global crises. 2017 also witnessed several other major humanitarian crises which, given the scale of the human suffering involved, were underreported by the world’s press.
US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View
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By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Dec 2017

US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View

Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed
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By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Dec 2017

Joining the Quad: Fear versus Greed

The Quad and the South China Sea
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The Quad and the South China Sea

The Trump administration has re-raised the decade-old geopolitical concept of the “Indo-Pacific” region and is proposing and pushing a so-called “Quad,” a potential security arrangement among the four large democracies of India, Australia, Japan, and the US.
How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?
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How Much Will the South China Sea Remain Critical for China-US Relations?

Although Chinese President Xi Jinping had mentioned China’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea in his 19th Party Congress report as a domestic issue that didn’t pertain to external actors, US President Donald Trump did not offer any pushback during his Asia tour.
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The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective
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The Debate Regarding US Navigation Policy in the South China Sea: Another Perspective

PacNet, published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, recently carried a debate between Stanford scholar Donald Emmerson and Harvard-affiliated scholar Andrew Taffer focusing on the US practice of “fly, sail, and operate anywhere international law allows.”
Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea
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Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea

In the joint statement of the US President and the Vietnamese President, the longest paragraph was the one that addressed the South China Sea issues. The joint statement with the Philippine President essentially repeated phrases from the US-Vietnam’s joint statement.
The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned
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The South China Sea: US Policy Failure and Lessons Learned

As ASEAN and its dialogue partners gather in the Philippines for their annual political and security gab-fest, the East Asian Summit, there is a grudging but growing recognition that US policy regarding the South China Sea imbroglio has failed.
Some “Scientific” Surveys a Security Threat in the South China Sea
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Some “Scientific” Surveys a Security Threat in the South China Sea

Water quality will affect communications with China’s nuclear powered and armed ballistic missile submarines. These submarines are its principal deterrent to a first nuclear strike against it.
Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?
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Does the US Expect Too Much of China in Dealing with the “North Korea Problem”?

North Korea’s threats to use its missiles and nuclear weapons demands a solution. The narrative is that China holds the key. But China has done little. It can and should do much more. This account is partly true, partly exaggerated, and partly false.
China’s “Four Sha” Claim: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill
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China’s “Four Sha” Claim: Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill

According to Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon, “the Chinese government recently unveiled a new legal tactic to promote Beijing’s aggressive claim to own most of the strategic South China Sea.” Gertz calls this “new” claim the “Four Sha.”
Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
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Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

On October 10, 2017, the US executed yet another FONOP challenging what it says are illegal Chinese claims in the South China Sea. So why does the US Navy deem it necessary to keep repeating specific kinetic challenges to the same specific claim?
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