Monthly Archives: July 2014

China’s Big Course Correction in the South China Sea?

After many months of taking increasingly bold actions at the expense of its neighbors in East Asia, there are recent indications that Beijing may be adopting more conciliatory policies. China has unexpectedly removed a controversial oil-drilling rig that it had deployed in waters near Vietnam. In late June, Chinese president Xi Jinping conducted a high-profile […]

China’s foreign policy faces acute challenges

The 18th Party Congress in November 2012 produced new leadership for China, but it did not produce much optimism for the future of China’s relationship with its East Asian neighbors or the United States. Chinese President Xi Jinping frequently refers to the “Chinese Dream,” or “the great resurgence of the Chinese nation.” Coinciding with this, […]

US Should Help Vietnam Counter China’s Coercion

Last October, during a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung promised to buttress “political trust” between the two South China Sea (SCS) claimants. Last week, while I was speaking at a conference in Da Nang, Vietnam where the Chinese were visibly absent, verbal accusations were flying both on land […]

21st-century energy wars

Global conflicts are increasingly fuelled by the desire for oil and natural gas and the funds they generate. Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, South Sudan, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas: wherever you look, the world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts. At first glance, these upheavals appear to be independent events, driven by their […]

South China Sea: China’s Unfolding Strategic Blueprint For Full-Spectrum Dominance – Analysis

South China Sea has emerged as an explosive regional and global flashpoint endangering the security and stability of the wider Indo Pacific region. This arises mainly from China’s propensity to use force to settle territorial disputes. Paracel Islands under full military occupation of China and Spratlys Islands under partial military occupation of China coupled with […]

Philippines Flays China’s Position On South China Sea – Part II

Like Vietnam, the Philippines also have maritime disputes with China over territorial claims on the South China Sea. The basis of China’s territorial claims has been covered in the first part of this two-part article and need not be repeated here. This much will suffice to mention however is that the basis of China’s claims […]

Manila urges unity for South East Asian nations in China sea dispute

(Reuters) – The Philippines is pushing for a meeting among four Southeast Asian nations with conflicting claims to waters in the South China Sea so that they can hammer out a common stand in dealings with China, Manila’s foreign minister said on Friday. Manila is waging a territorial dispute with China over the Spratlys and […]