Monthly Archives: November 2017

Experts call for ‘strategic trust’ in East Sea

  HCM CITY — While the East Sea (South China Sea) situation remains uncertain, nations should build “strategic trust” to maintain peace, stability and development in the region, a Vietnamese official told an international conference held in HCM City yesterday.   Nearly 200 senior officials, business executives, experts, academics and diplomats are participating in the […]

Trump administration backs Australia white paper

  The Trump administration has endorsed the Turnbull government’s foreign policy white paper which tilted more hawkish on China, with a senior US diplomat saying the document outlines “issues of concern” that are shared by the US and Australia.   In contrast to China’s response that Australia should stop making “irresponsible” comments about territorial disputes […]

Chinese air force patrols over South China Sea ‘show PLA’s capacity to breach cold war line of containment’

  A team of Chinese air force bombers has carried out a series of patrols over the disputed South China Sea, in an exercise the People’s Liberation Army said showed its capability to breach the cold war era line of containment.   By registering you agree to our T&Cs & Privacy Policy The air force […]

Commentary: Ambitious Asia trip for a US president leaves region longing for more

  US President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated Asia trip had a packed agenda and was closely watched by many in the region. Yale-NUS College’s Chin-Hao Huang discusses whether it has lived up to expectations and what it bodes for the future.     SINGAPORE: With five countries in 12 days, US President Donald Trump’s Asia […]

Trump Is Causing Conflict by Playing Peacemaker

  The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.   Just what did Donald Trump mean when he offered to “mediate” in the dispute between Vietnam and China over the South China Sea? On Sunday, during his official visit to Hanoi, U.S. President Trump told his Vietnamese […]

Will the Quad Mean the End of ASEAN Centrality?

  The unexpected revival of the Quad may mean the demise of Asian multilateralism and a more threatened China. A working-level meeting between diplomatic staffers from the United States, India, Japan, and Australia on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia Summits (EAS) has caused quite a lively reaction […]