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Indonesia Draws a Line in the Sea

The littoral nations of the South China Sea appear to be closing ranks against China’s territorial claims to 90 percent of the sea. With China pressing its approach through its nine-dash line on its maps and pa... Read More...
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China’s Neighborhood Bullying Increases

If anyone had any doubts about China’s aggressive attitudes towards its neighbors, they should be swept away by the Hainan provincial government’s demand that foreign fishing vessels must get its permission to ... Read More...
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The US Waffles on China’s Air Defense Zone

Asian nations looking for US protection in the face of concerns about China’s hegemonic designs on east and Southeast Asia are left baffled by Washington’s response to China’s controversial declaration of an air defense zone covering most of the East China Sea... Read More...
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Redefining the US in Light of China’s Rise

China’s economy is expected to surpass that of the United States by 2020 (although it might come sooner or not at all). Regardless, China’s growth will necessarily lead to a shift in global power. The question ... Read More...

Could China Teach Vietnam a New Lesson?

On June 21, the Vietnamese National Assembly adopted the Vietnam Maritime Law, which was promptly criticized by China. The law sets out the legal status of Vietnam’s islands and sea and sovereignty under the 19... Read More...
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The Cold War Origin of Asia’s Troubled Waters

It is ironic that the prosperity and economic interdependence of East Asia are littered with territorial disputes stretching from the northeast to southwest. Just as recent tensions caused by territorial disputes in the South China Sea and the Diaoyu/ Senkaku ... Read More...