Monthly Archives: January 2017

Confronting China’s slow invasion at sea

Since the 1990s, China has insistently waged a slow and deliberate imperial war of territorial expansion in the South China Sea. “Imperial war” is the apt description. China exhibits classic imperial ambition. Using economic, diplomatic and military muscle (camouflaged by propaganda), Beijing adds territory to its imperial dominion at the expense of less powerful neighbors. […]

China steps up as US steps back from global leadership

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s appearance at last week’s World Economic Forum shows global leadership is shifting, not drifting, toward Beijing. The most vigorous defense of globalization and multilateral cooperation was mounted not by an American statesman, but by the president of the People’s Republic of China. China’s Xi reaffirms US relations in talk with Trump […]

Exxon-Vietnam gas deal to test Tillerson’s diplomacy

US energy giant Exxon Mobil and state-owned PetroVietnam agreed this month to develop Vietnam’s largest natural gas-fired power generation project, a US$10 billion joint venture known as ‘Blue Whale’ (Ca Voi Xanh). The deal, signed while outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry was on his last official visit to Vietnam, threatens to create new […]

Hisham: Look beyond ‘childish’ notions to resolve South China Sea disputes

SINGAPORE: Malaysia on Monday called on all parties to “look beyond tired and childish notions of winners and losers” in resolving South China Sea territorial disputes. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (pic) said Malaysia firmly and unequivocally believed that these disputes can only be resolved through diplomacy and via multilateral institutions such as […]

China will lose war over islands – analysts

MILITARY and geopolitical experts dismissed Chinese state media’s warnings of war over the South China Sea following US Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson’s statement that China should be barred from reclaimed islands. Experts said China’s military and economic reach, as well international alliances, were not enough to sustain a war. Antonio Santos, former undersecretary for […]

Track 2 diplomacy in aid of official dialogue on South China Sea 0

FOREIGN Secretary Perfecto Yasay recently revealed that the Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China through a third person note verbale, upon verification of the report by the Washington-based CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative that China appears to have built anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the disputed waters of the […]

Tensions in the South China Sea National Intelligence Estimate: The Next Two to Three Years

The South China Sea is developing at an extraordinarily rapid rate and the events that transpire in the region in the next two to three years will be some of the most significant geopolitical events in the world. Inside the South China Sea Region are five claimants, hundreds of contested geological features, and two major […]

Vietnam Signals Softer Stance on Contested South China Sea

Vietnam Signals Softer Stance on Contested South China Sea TAIPEI — Vietnam shows signs of softening its approach toward China over their bitter maritime dispute, a move welcomed by nervous leaders in Beijing as it could rebalance Hanoi’s foreign policy away from Washington while cooling decades of strife. Beijing and Hanoi issued a communique Saturday […]

China Is Winning The Tech Battle In The South China Sea

China’s deployments of technological assets to the South China Sea may be aiding its efforts to dominate one of the world’s most contested waterways. Other regional claimant states lack the capabilities to compete with China’s maritime technology, and the U.S. deploys its strategic assets on a non-permanent basis. China, on the other hand, has deployed […]

Duterte leaves door open for US role in South China Sea

Philippine president’s softer tone is music to the ears of Japan’s Abe Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte acknowledged the importance of his country’s alliance with the U.S. in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday, delighting his guest, who sees American involvement in Asia as essential for countering the rise of China. The two […]