A New Social Movement Against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia
By Hak Yin Li - 21 Jun 2019

A New Social Movement Against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill

Although there were regular mass demonstrations, the Occupy Central campaign, and later on the Umbrella Movement, many people did not expect that around two million Hong Kong people would take to the streets to protest the controversial extradition bill.
Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Jun 2019

Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 02 Jun 2019

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical

A Conspicuous Innovation in Chinese Jurisprudence: The Advisory Interpretation
Politics,Hotspots,China

A Conspicuous Innovation in Chinese Jurisprudence: The Advisory Interpretation

In late 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress issued an Advisory Interpretation for the very first time. It arose from the intense debate about establishing joint Hong Kong and Mainland immigration facilities at the new Hong Kong High Speed Rail station.
A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

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.
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My Brush with the Giant Clam “War” in the South China Sea
Environment,Hotspots

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

In the early 2000s, when I accepted an invitation to speak at one of the very first of what has since become a very prestigious annual event, The Boao Forum for Asia — I had no idea I might wind up playing a minor role in what became the great giant clam controversy.
How Does the Philippines Balance itself between US and China?
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

How Does the Philippines Balance itself between US and China?

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. visited China between March 18-21, 2019. Shortly after the visit, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated that the country has never shelved the South China Sea arbitration award.
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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.
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