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The South China Sea being militarized by China has become a more complicated scenario, as the United States banks on China to stop North Korea’s nuclear tests. The U.S. failure to make Pyongyang cease and desist with its nuclear ambition is seen by pundits as having emboldened China, through its spokesperson, to tell the U.S. […]

The Real Attitude of the Chinese Communist Party Towards International Law

On February 17, 2014, the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued the 372-page “Report of the detailed findings of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” detailing the atrocities suffered by the North Korean people, raising allegations of Pyongyang’s crimes against humanity, and proposing […]

US-China naval standoff

During his recent China visit, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel reportedly got an earful from his Chinese counterpart and others on his country’s perceived meddling in regional affairs. While maintaining necessary courtesies during such visits, his Chinese hosts did not hold off from saying their piece. China’s Minister of Defence, Chang Wanquan, said that Beijing […]

The True Crisis in the Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific’s most dangerous crisis may be going overlooked due to North Korean threats. Despite the Obama administration’s ‘pivot’ to the region, Asian allies worry that the United States will not continue to be a steadfast partner. North Korean bombast has been using up all of the oxygen in the Asia-Pacific, but what may be […]

United States must adopt the international law of the sea

Since the Obama administration’s announced “pivot” to Asia, challenges have piled up in the region. With the exception of North Korea’s nuclear brinksmanship, most of the challenges involve growing tension in the South China Sea and East China Sea. The US must devise a policy on these maritime disputes that preserves freedom of navigation and […]

South China Sea disputes, NKorean threats expected to dominate Southeast Asia summit in Brunei

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei –  Worried that long-seething rifts could escalate over the South China Sea, Southeast Asian leaders are expected this week to press China to agree to start negotiations on a new pact aimed at thwarting a major clash in one of the world’s busiest waterways.   Concern over North Korea’s latest threats […]