China to Take Scarborough Shoal Next?

War planners in Washington and Manila are increasingly concerned that Beijing is planning to reclaim and potentially garrison troops on Scarborough Shoal, a lonely atoll that China seized from the Philippines i... Read More...

Vietnam Must Reassess South China Sea Strategy

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Hanoi this week comes at a time when Beijing’s efforts to change the status quo in the South China Sea through the construction of manmade islands has raised tensions a... Read More...

Double Blow for China in the South China Sea

China has been put on the back foot with a unanimous decision by a UN-backed court in the Hague, Netherlands, that the court has jurisdiction over a case brought by the Philippines against Beijing’s repeated intrusions into what Manila claims are its waters.... Read More...
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Threat Rises of Another Viet-China War

The risk of a military confrontation between China and Vietnam is rising over a long string of issues, according to Joshua Kurlantzick, a Senior Fellow at the US-based think-tank the Council on Foreign Relation... Read More...
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Fact, Fiction and the South China Sea

In just a few weeks, international judges will begin to consider the legality of China’s “U-shaped line” claim in the South China Sea. The venue will be the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and the... Read More...
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BOOM! Indonesia Blows Up 41 Foreign Fishing Boats

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s order to blow up 41 illegal foreign fishing vessels this week pretty much redraws the country’s boundaries as far as illegal fishing is concerned, and serves notice to the region that he means business. The boats were sent... Read More...
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China Ignores an Important SEA Conference

One of the most important conferences in Southeast Asia -- the Shangri-La Dialogue -- will take place at the end of May in Singapore without what should be its most important participant – China. Representative... Read More...