A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 16 May 2019

A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?

On April 12, 2019, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un finally uttered publicly he was open to a third summit with US President Donald J Trump. Trump himself does not appear to rule out the possibility of a third summit.
My Brush with the Giant Clam “War” in the South China Sea
Environment,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 07 May 2019

My Brush with the Giant Clam “War” in the South China Sea

How Does the Philippines Balance itself between US and China?
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Xianqing He - 02 May 2019

How Does the Philippines Balance itself between US and China?

What’s Behind the Philippines’ Scientific Expedition to the Spratlys?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

What’s Behind the Philippines’ Scientific Expedition to the Spratlys?

The Philippines is undertaking a government-sponsored marine scientific expedition to the Spratlys area. While billed as an advance in scientific knowledge, it may be perceived to be a soft assertion of sovereignty.
Parsing the Present Philippines-China Contretemps
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Parsing the Present Philippines-China Contretemps

According to the Philippines, the presence of about 275 Chinese vessels near Thitu between January and March 2019 violated its “sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction”. It filed a diplomatic protest to this effect.
Complaint of China’s “Crimes Against Humanity” Likely to Fail
Environment,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Complaint of China’s “Crimes Against Humanity” Likely to Fail

Two former Philippines officials filed a complaint with the ICC against China for “crimes against humanity”, alleging that President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Chinese Ambassador perpetrated environmental damage in the South China Sea.
Are “Black Market Cellphones” Helping China Leverage North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Are “Black Market Cellphones” Helping China Leverage North Korea?

China’s exports to North Korea are seen as strengthening Pyongyang’s rule. But could Chinese complicity in illicit cross-border trade be aimed at undermining or leveraging the Kim regime?
The South China Sea: The Wailing of the Warmongers
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: The Wailing of the Warmongers

There is certainly no shortage of warmongering blaring from both China and the US regarding the South China Sea. Indeed, a recent public tit-for-tat illustrates both the danger of such public advocacy and of taking it seriously.
The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea

On March 13, 2019, the US Department of State released the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Twenty-nine pages are dedicated to reporting on human rights violations in North Korea.
The Quad: Whistling by its Grave
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Quad: Whistling by its Grave

After China issued formal diplomatic protests to Quad members asking their intention, Australia withdrew from the Quad and meetings ceased. Indeed, the concept is more likely to go the way of the dodo than rise from its ashes like a phoenix.
Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?

Many had expected some form of peace deal to be inked at the end of the second Trump-Kim summit, but were disappointed when both leaders left without having lunch, sparking off worries that the breakdown was less than amicable.
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Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?

A recent article in The National Interest posed the question “Are [US] Freedom of Navigation Operations in East Asia enough?” If FONOPs are to demonstrate non-acquiescence to what the US views as a violation of international law, they may be unnecessary.
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