The South China Sea: Realpolitik Does Indeed Trump Moralpolitik
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 21 May 2018

The South China Sea: Realpolitik Does Indeed Trump Moralpolitik

In a recent posting in The Diplomat, Tuan N. Pham denies that realpolitik can triumph or has triumphed over moralpolitik and urges the US not to “back down” in the South China Sea.
A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 18 May 2018

A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision

Are China-US Relations Entering a Dangerous New Phase in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 11 May 2018

Are China-US Relations Entering a Dangerous New Phase in the South China Sea?

Is the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit the "Beginning of New Peace" ?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Is the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit the "Beginning of New Peace" ?

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.
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A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?
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A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?

The US and China have apparently reached a tacit agreement to disagree and to maintain a leaky status quo, a “new normal.” Not coincidentally, relations on this issue between the ASEAN claimants and between ASEAN and China are more or less at the same place.
The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?

Taiwan’s interests and role in the South China Sea disputes have essentially been officially ignored. With the election of US President Donald Trump and appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor, its influence and involvement may increase substantially.
Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Kim Jong-un’s Beijing Trip: China-North Korea Relationship is Still “Special”

Kim Jong-un’s visit was very strategically calculated. It had two purposes. The first was to bring China-North Korea relations back on track. The second was to seek China’s insurance and confirm China’s patron-state status.
By Jaewoo Choo - 03 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Philippines, China and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

There is a growing protest over Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to downplay the Philippines international arbitration victory over China regarding the South China Sea. Although many of his policy decisions are problematic, in this case his decision has merit.
The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions

As the Western media cacophony of assertions regarding the South China Sea imbroglio approaches a crescendo, it is a good time to pause and parse some of the more common and controversial ones.
US May Enforce North Korea Sanctions Without UN Approval
Hotspots,East Asia

US May Enforce North Korea Sanctions Without UN Approval

The US is trying to organize a "coalition of the willing" to interdict US listed suspect ships carrying UN-banned cargo to or from North Korea. If it fails to win support to do this from Russia and China, the US may be willing to use necessary force without UNSC approval.
Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

Largely unhindered filibustering results in notably more harm than good being visited on any serious legislative process. Full freedoms to filibuster will lead to regular abuses of process at the expense of making timely progress on significant, legislative proposals.
Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
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Australia’s China Policy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In the wake of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s pilgrimage to Washington, Australia is edging ever closer to publicly choosing between China and the US in its Asia security policy. It may well become reality and with the choice comes consequences.
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