A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 18 May 2018

A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision

A team of legal experts from the Chinese Society of International Law has just published a major critique of the PCA arbitral award in the case of Philippines v. China on their South China Sea dispute in the Chinese Journal of International Law.
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?

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" ?

The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems
Society,Security

The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems

New technologies can bring military applications to new heights. The X-41 Common Aero Vehicle Falcon program is a glimpse of the future. The X-41 operates like a missile that can fly at high altitude and carry nuclear and non-nuclear warheads.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?

The US and China have apparently reached a tacit agreement to disagree and to maintain a leaky status quo, a “new normal.” Not coincidentally, relations on this issue between the ASEAN claimants and between ASEAN and China are more or less at the same place.
The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recently met with US Vice President Mike Pence. One of the challenges which the US is facing is that despite taking tough measures on Pakistan lately, there has been no visible change in Islamabad’s approach towards terror groups.
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.
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.
Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

Facilitated by under-the-radar low-tech boats, collusion with local corrupt officials, and integration with legal trade and activities, piracy in Southeast Asia remains a challenging problem. Multinational agencies are cooperating to counteract.
By Tai Wei Lim - 22 Feb 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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