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.
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?
On May 23, 2018, the US Department of Defense announced it had withdrawn an invitation for China to participate in the RIMPAC 2018 multinational naval exercise.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?
Over the past few years, bashing China for its policy and actions in the South China Sea has become quite common in the US foreign policy community. More recently, the criticism has become ever more strident and dangerous.
In order to manage and bridge their differences in the South China Sea, China and the US should not be trapped in the preconceived idea that conflicts are inevitable but rather put themselves in each other’s shoes.
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.
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.
Kim Jung-un crossed the 38th Parallel line southward for the historic third inter-Korean summit on April 27, 2018. It was a 12 hour-long event that included a summit talk, a break, a stroll, the monumental event of planting a tree, and a banquet.