Will the Western Media Prod America and China into War?
Politics,Hotspots,China
By John F. Copper - 28 Feb 2017

Will the Western Media Prod America and China into War?

The negative news and the predictions of China’s collapse were “old hat.” As time passed, these accounts were discredited. So, the Western media had to reset. One tack is to push China and Trump’s America into conflict.
The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam: An Opportunity for the International Community to Work Together
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 17 Feb 2017

The Assassination of Kim Jong Nam: An Opportunity for the International Community to Work Together

Trump and the South China Sea: Flip-Flops and Continuity
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 16 Feb 2017

Trump and the South China Sea: Flip-Flops and Continuity

South China Sea Framework Expected to Conclude in 1st Half of 2017
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

South China Sea Framework Expected to Conclude in 1st Half of 2017

In January 2017 during the 20th China-Philippines Foreign Ministry Consultation, the two countries confirmed that they would complete the Code of Conduct framework relating to the South China Sea in the first half of 2017.
By Yan Yan - 26 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Can Trump Play the “Russian Card” Against a Rising China?
Politics,Hotspots,China

Can Trump Play the “Russian Card” Against a Rising China?

US President Donald Trump may play the “Russian card” against China like how Nixon played the “Chinese card” against Moscow in 1972. However, the triangular relationship between the US, Russia and China is not necessarily comparable to the one in the 1970s.
By Wei Luo - 21 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
As Trump Takes Office, China Bashers Are Having a Field Day
Politics,Hotspots,China

As Trump Takes Office, China Bashers Are Having a Field Day

In the run-up to Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, advocates of a more aggressive US foreign policy towards China unleashed a barrage of hawkish commentaries and proposals. Most comments focused on China’s behavior in the South China Sea.
Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China
Politics,Hotspots,China

Tillerson Goes Off Half-Cocked on China

On January 11, 2017, US President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made several intemperate remarks. Most provocatively he said that China’s access to the features it has built up in the South China Sea is not going to be “allowed.”
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects
Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects

US underwater drones can be categorized as Force Net, Sea Shield, Sea Strike and Sea Base. Force Net includes the missions of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and oceanography. Some may even be weaponized. Thus, it is easy to be uncertain regarding the mission of particular UUVs.
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye
Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye

On 16 December, the US Department of Defense announced that it had issued a formal protest to China demanding the return of an underwater drone. After several days of verbal tit-for tat, China returned the drone. The US Navy is determining whether the seizure was a “low-level” action by the sailors or a top down message by senior Chinese leaders.
The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity
Security,Hotspots,China

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The US asserted that the underwater drone seized by China enjoyed sovereign immunity. Its argument is legally flawed if one takes a closer look at the rules of sovereign immunity in the law of the sea and how the US navy applies the drone to its missions.
By Yan Yan - 27 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes
Politics,Hotspots,China

The Maritime Silk Road and South China Sea Disputes

Southeast Asian countries have two serious concerns which might increase distrust between China and ASEAN, and this may become a bottleneck of the MSR construction. One is about China’s nine-dash line, and the other is whether China is undermining ASEAN’s unity.
By Hong Zhao - 12 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Get China to Negotiate with SCS Neighbors: A Message to Trump
Politics,Hotspots

Get China to Negotiate with SCS Neighbors: A Message to Trump

If China is not forced to the bargaining table, it is hard to see why it will pursue constructive solutions with its neighbors. Even though the South China Sea dispute is taking place many miles away, the outcome will have consequences for US global interests.  
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