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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China Foments Trouble on Myanmar’s Border

Last year it was the South China Sea and the contiguous waters of Vietnam and the Philippines which were the focus of Chinese hegemonist instincts. Those issues have quieted down for the time being as China has... Read More...
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The World’s Strangest Land Grab?

Uzbekistan has a perhaps unusual ally in its territorial claims over neighboring Afghanistan: the mighty and ever-wandering Amu Darya river. And no one knows it better than the children of Arigh Ayagh School, just inside Afghanistan. Built in 2007 about 3km... Read More...
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India, Bangladesh and a Sensible Border Dispute Settlement

India’s unqualified acceptance of an international tribunal ruling in July on its maritime boundary with Bangladesh is a landmark in regional and international relations. The Arbitration Tribunal in The Hague, operating within the framework of the United Na... Read More...
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Indonesia: Southeast Asia’s Natural Leader?

For the first time in the 45-year history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the summit held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, a joint statement was not issued. At the heart of this were the South China S... Read More...