North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 11 Oct 2018

North Korea’s Denuclearization: The Pompeo Reboot

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unprecedented four trips to North Korea in 2018. His mission for the fourth trip was quite clear — to sustain the momentum of the peace process started from the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore.
Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 10 Oct 2018

Debate over China Takes a Dangerous Turn

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 27 Sep 2018

The Debate Concerning US and China Policies in the South China Sea

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative recently released a “A Blueprint for Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea.” It is an important contribution to thinking about interim solutions to these seemingly intractable disputes.
Cooling Temperatures and Defense Postures in East Asia
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Cooling Temperatures and Defense Postures in East Asia

With cooling regional temperatures in East Asian affairs and politics, some wonder if the defense budgets in the region will also cool down correspondingly. The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore set the way for the possibility of lasting peace in East Asia.
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Sep 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea

A US Navy Poseidon 8-A flew over or “near” four of China’s occupied features in the South China Sea. A radio voice identifying itself as “the Chinese military” requested the plane to “leave immediately and keep off to avoid any misunderstanding.”
The Turkish Lira Crisis
Economy,Hotspots

The Turkish Lira Crisis

Turkey’s currency dropped by 1/5 of its value against the US dollar on August 10, 2018. One of the most significant rescue packages came from Qatar which came up with USD 15 billion worth of investments for Turkey.
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America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea

The US should have a grand strategy for Asia and determine the role of the South China Sea in it. But what are the US goals in Asia and does it have a “grand strategy” to achieve them?
 The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

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.
A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Singapore hosted the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting from July 30 to August 4, 2018. ASEAN will certainly seek to augment its community building in a world where geopolitical shifts and disruptive forces are taking place.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

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

In the run up to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ first visit to China from June 27-28, 2018, he said: “I want to go in without poisoning the well and do a lot of listening.” Well he certainly got an earful regarding the South China Sea.
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