Monthly Archives: November 2016

China Ponders ADIZ in Disputed Sea

TAIPEI — A Chinese state institution warned this week that Beijing is ready to set up an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the contested South China Sea, giving it the authority to screen foreign aircraft. But analysts say any enforcement would anger other countries without deterring traffic. That measure would follow a series of […]

Duterte’s undermining of ASEAN

If the main foreign policy objective of Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte was to make his archipelagic nation the centre of international relations concerns in the Asia Pacific, he has succeeded beyond expectations. Coined a “popularly elected despot” by Chito Gascon of the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights, Duterte’s diplomatic flurries within Asia have sparked conversations […]

A Rare Look at the Chinese Navy’s Submarines

Beijing’s state television shows off a Russian-made attack submarine. A news report on Chinese state television provided a rare look inside one of the submarines of the Chinese Navy. The Kilo-class submarine was purchased from Russia during the 1990s and is the tip of Beijing’s spear in its disputes with neighbors. The People’s Republic of […]

Beijing may test Trump over South China Sea: analyst

Last two presidents tested by China, but arbitration ruling will affect behaviour, says Japanese academic CHINA may take provocative action regarding the South China Sea, which currently remains calm, to test Washington’s reaction after the United States’ president-elect Donald Trump takes office early next year, a Japanese scholar said recently. As long as Trump continues […]

China’s freedom of navigation

After the USS Decatur navigated through the Paracel Islands on Oct. 21, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense stated that the United States warship had entered Chinese territorial waters without authorization — a serious violation and intentional provocation according to China. Although the US Navy claimed that the USS Decatur navigated outside the territorial sea […]

Donald Trump’s South China Sea Challenge: 4 Ways America Can Push Back Against China

On the day President-elect Donald J. Trump first steps foot in the oval office the weight of the world’s problems will be squarely on his shoulders. The Islamic State, tensions with Russia and an out of control Syrian Civil War will loom large, ready to test the resolve of the new administration almost immediately. Moreover, […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership: China seizes trade opportunity after Donald Trump’s threat

United States President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to dump or renegotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on his first day in office is a gift for the Chinese in their drive to control the world economy. China is now positioning itself as free trade’s new champion and seizing economic leadership of the Pacific Rim. Under President Barack […]

Report on the growing US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region

Editor’s Note: The following article is an abstract from a report by the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, headquartered in Haikou, capital of South China’s Hainan province. The United States’ military deployments and activities in the Asia-Pacific region are important manifestations of its “rebalancing” strategy. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, […]