The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Aug 2018

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

By Mark J. Valencia - 30 Jul 2018

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

The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 25 Jul 2018

The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help

By reframing the issue, the perceived threat to the DPRK’s ideological and psychological security may be reduced. A common discursive ground may then be found to engage the DPRK without a breakdown in dialogue on denuclearization, peace and the normalization of relations.
North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?

For Beijing, the denuclearization drama playing out on the Korean Peninsula has strong parallels with China’s own reform and opening-up process led by Deng Xiaoping beginning in 1978.
US Policy in the South China Sea: Confusing the Possible with the Probable
Security,Hotspots,China

US Policy in the South China Sea: Confusing the Possible with the Probable

The war of words and tit-for-tat provocative actions of China and the US regarding the South China Sea could spiral out of control. Thus, it is a good time for analysts and decision makers to step back and distinguish between hope (the possible) and reality (the probable).
The Three Xi-Kim Meetings in China: What Did They Discuss?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Three Xi-Kim Meetings in China: What Did They Discuss?

What did Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un discuss during the three Xi-Kim meetings in China? The three meetings showed the immense importance of Beijing to the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Fate of TTP after the Killing of Mullah Fazlullah
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Fate of TTP after the Killing of Mullah Fazlullah

The killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah in a US drone strike in Afghanistan is a major blow to the terror group. Fazlullah’s killing will further undermine TTP’s organizational coherence, possibly paving way for more defections.
By Abdul Basit - 29 Jun 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Asia-Pac’s Top Security Meetings: The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue
Security,East Asia

Asia-Pac’s Top Security Meetings: The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue

The Xiangshan Forum and the Shangri-La Dialogue are two of the most important security dialogues regionally and globally. The Xiangshan Forum was inaugurated in 2006 and it became a Track 1.5 event in 2015. The Shangri-La Dialogue has been going strong as well.
China is Key to Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

China is Key to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

To facilitate peace on the Korean Peninsula, North and South Korea and the US are not the only critical actors. Russia, Japan and China are also strategically significant, but it is China which will be the most crucial for the US in the next phase of facilitating real peace.
Trump-Kim Summit: Singapore as Inspiration for the North Korean Economy?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Trump-Kim Summit: Singapore as Inspiration for the North Korean Economy?

Beyond the Sentosa agreement, what could potentially be significant about Kim Jong-un’s visit to Singapore is how it could mirror Deng Xiaoping’s pivotal 1978 Singapore visit. Could Kim Jong-un be inspired to implement a similar economic reform program for North Korea?
The Future of Military Relations between China and the US
Security,China

The Future of Military Relations between China and the US

On May 23, 2018, the US Department of Defense announced it had withdrawn an invitation for China to participate in the RIMPAC 2018 multinational naval exercise. Does it represent a major setback in Sino-US military relations?
By Xiaobo Liu - 07 Jun 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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