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.
Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Dec 2018

Implications of US “Incrementalism” 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

Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit

The outcomes of the ASEAN Summit can be divided into two main categories: the “cautious optimism” view, and the “missed opportunity” interpretation, against the backdrop of a G2 titans’ clash between the US and China.
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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...
US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?
Politics,Hotspots

US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?

US mid-term election results reveal that the electorate is divided in its support of President Donald J. Trump and his policies. As the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019, do not expect House Democrats to seek immediate and drastic changes in US foreign policy.
Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit
Politics,Hotspots

Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit

The Omani media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had visited the sultanate of Oman in the last week of October 2018, and met with its Sultan Qaboos Said al Said, something that Netanyahu’s office also confirmed.
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.
Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)

It is more than 21 years since Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China. Much has happened that is positive since 1997. At the same time there have been recurring political incidents and stand-offs. Could the HKSAR see a positive future within China?
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 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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