Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Andrea Chloe Wong - 14 Feb 2019

Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy

Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, Philippine relations with China have experienced a remarkable renaissance. Duterte’s accommodating policy towards the Chinese government has however caused increasing anxiety among the Filipino public.
Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 08 Feb 2019

Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?

An Environmental Protection Regime for the South China Sea: Fact vs Fiction
Environment,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Jan 2019

An Environmental Protection Regime for the South China Sea: Fact vs Fiction

Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?

Ahead of the second Trump-Kim summit, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un made a visit to Beijing between January 8-9, 2019. The North Koreans may be using this visit to pursue what Kim calls an “alternative path” in his New Year speech.
By Tai Wei Lim - 28 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China

A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?

Bolton is an iconoclast and an extreme American nationalist. He believes that US sovereignty and freedom of action are wrongly constrained by international law, multilateral organizations and global treaties.
Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 3)
Politics,Hotspots,China

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 3)

As Hong Kong orients itself towards the future, it needs to reinvigorate its collective consciousness. Its people must find the courage to admit to a new reality in its relations with the People’s Republic and find the voice to weave a new strategy and story that make sense.
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

Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea

The US is incrementally increasing its frequency and type of FONOP in the South China Sea, so as to reassure its allies of its resolve and to put the onus on China to take the risk of conflict. Employing this tactic has negative implications for its standing in the region.
The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines

Washington DC based analysts sharply criticized the policy and actions of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration regarding China’s actions in the South China Sea, reflecting the US government concern that under Duterte it is “losing” 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.
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