Are China-US Relations Entering a Dangerous New Phase in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 11 May 2018

Are China-US Relations Entering a Dangerous New Phase in the South China Sea?

Most analysts agree that China and the US are locked in a seminal long-term struggle for dominance in Asia. A new and more dangerous phase in their troubled relationship may be beginning and one window on this dynamic is their behavior in the South China Sea.
Is the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit the "Beginning of New Peace" ?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Jaewoo Choo - 07 May 2018

Is the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit the "Beginning of New Peace" ?

A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Apr 2018

A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?

The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?

Taiwan’s interests and role in the South China Sea disputes have essentially been officially ignored. With the election of US President Donald Trump and appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor, its influence and involvement may increase substantially.
Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”

Kim Jong-un’s visit was very strategically calculated. It had two purposes. The first was to bring China-North Korea relations back on track. The second was to seek China’s insurance and confirm China’s patron-state status.
By Jaewoo Choo - 03 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Philippines, China and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

There is a growing protest over Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to downplay the Philippines international arbitration victory over China regarding the South China Sea. Although many of his policy decisions are problematic, in this case his decision has merit.
The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions

As the Western media cacophony of assertions regarding the South China Sea imbroglio approaches a crescendo, it is a good time to pause and parse some of the more common and controversial ones.
US May Enforce North Korea Sanctions Without UN Approval
Hotspots,East Asia

US May Enforce North Korea Sanctions Without UN Approval

The US is trying to organize a "coalition of the willing" to interdict US listed suspect ships carrying UN-banned cargo to or from North Korea. If it fails to win support to do this from Russia and China, the US may be willing to use necessary force without UNSC approval.
Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

Largely unhindered filibustering results in notably more harm than good being visited on any serious legislative process. Full freedoms to filibuster will lead to regular abuses of process at the expense of making timely progress on significant, legislative proposals.
Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Security,Hotspots,China

Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In the wake of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s pilgrimage to Washington, Australia is edging ever closer to publicly choosing between China and the US in its Asia security policy. It may well become reality and with the choice comes consequences.
The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

Gordon Chang wrote recently in the National Interest that China is “itching for a confrontation” in response to the January 17, 2018 innocent passage of the USS Hopper near Scarborough Shoal. James Holmes argued that China does not really want confrontation.
Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options

Through re-examining survey data on political identities in Hong Kong since 1997, we refute the widespread assumption that national and local identities are in a zero-sum relationship and argues for a measurement of identities different from the standard approach.
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