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China Should Be Concerned About the Hague Tribunal

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

On October 29th, in a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued its first, preliminary ruling concerning whether the Tribunal has 'jurisdiction' over the issues raised by the Philippines against China's so called 'nine-dash line' in the South China Sea.

Finally, Standing Up to Pacific Bullying

Robert J. Natter | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Robert J. Natter

In a case of better late than never, the Obama Administration on October 27 dispatched the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen to breach China's newly-claimed 12-mile zone around one of its just-completed artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea.

Obama's China Syndrome

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's China syndrome is that he seeks both to engage China and to contain China. Both are appropriate and arguably quite necessary goals for American statecraft. But they presuppose a state of creative tension between the established superpower and would-be superpower.

Let's Not Get Into It With China

Ivan Eland | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

In both seas, China is engaged in territorial disputes with other countries in the region. Because of President Barack Obama's "pivot to Asia," the United States has been strengthening its Cold War-era alliances with some of these nations to contain the rising China.

China's Miracle Economy Goes from Illusion to Nightmare?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.18.2016 | Business
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

If there was one virtue that China projected, it was an economy that could handle like a BMW, and go from 0 to 7.5 percent growth in 3 months.

theSKIMM'S Guide to the South and East China Sea Conflicts

theSkimm | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
theSkimm

China's been getting into some serious water fights with its neighbors. Welcome to the South and East China Sea disputes.

China: Milestones in the Dragon's Rise

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Last week, the collective valuation of China's publicly traded equity exceeded 10 trillion dollars for the first time in its history. Considering that forty odd years ago China's equity markets were moribund, the benchmark is astonishing.

Time for China and the Philippines to Talk: Resolving the South China Sea Conundrum

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Throughout my conversations with Japanese and Vietnamese colleagues, I have repeatedly heard how much they admire the Philippines' courage to take China to the court and openly criticize its destabilizing actions. Yet, the Philippines can also draw crucial lessons from its neighbors.

Japan's New Defense Guidelines Encourage U.S. Confrontation with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.09.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Japan has always been Washington's number one Asian ally. That was demonstrated with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's trip to Washington, highlighted by a speech to Congress. Unfortunately, the relationship increases the likelihood of a confrontation between the U.S. and China.

Prime Minister Abe's Visit Aimed at Stronger U.S.-Japan Ties

Robert J. Natter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Natter

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan arrives in Washington, D.C. this month at a time of historic change for his country. He will become the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint session of Congress.

Does Globalization Cause War?

Scott Malcomson | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Scott Malcomson

Wobbly nationalistic middle classes are not to be underestimated as political forces. They tend to have a stronger sense of their own importance than lower social classes, which explains why the spectacular global growth in incomes of the bottom 50 percent seems to have so little direct political valence, however huge it is in terms of how well humanity lives. Middle classes in more authoritarian states like China might indeed make even stronger demands, as a class, than in democracies, since their ascendance under "state capitalism" could lead to greater expectations of the state. One can imagine income inequality becoming a genuinely strategic question.

Obama's Troublesome Distractions Won't Wreck His Asia-Pacific Pivot (But Not Because of Him)

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

One good thing for the president is that his Asia-Pacific Pivot -- heightened engagement with the rising region, and nascent superpower China -- hasn't been wrecked by the lengthening array of Obama administration distractions, including his troubled and tardy war against Isis.

Why Japan Misreads China -- And What To Do About It

Asahi Shimbun | Wataru Sawamura | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

BEIJING -- Confrontation between Japan and China over the perception of their shared history continues to only deepen nearly 70 years after the end of...

Indonesia, America and China's Nine-Dash Line

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

When the history of the early part of the 21st century is written, one of the great heroes of the People's Republic of China might turn out to be an anonymous map-maker from the late 1940s whose work is helping to drive increasingly dangerous confrontations today between China and its neighbors across the South China Sea.

Kerry Reaffirms 'Ambitious Agenda' of U.S. Engagement in Asia and the Pacific

East-West Center | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
East-West Center

In terms of economic growth, Kerry focused on negotiations over the sweeping, 12-nation Tans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. Negotiators had hoped to conclude a TPP agreement a number of months ago, but progress on the complex pact has slowed since then.

Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The past six months have seen an incredible ratcheting up of tensions in the East and South China Seas, where the world's three largest economies are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of territorial disputes, competing alliances, and historical grievances.

Japan and China Should Sit Down at the Negotiating Table

Shinzō Abe | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Shinzō Abe

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved tremendous growth in the span of a single generation. Regrettably, a large and relatively disproportionate share of the fruits of that growth is going toward military expansion. The sources of instability include not only the threat of weapons of mass destruction, but also -- and more immediately -- efforts to alter the territorial status quo through force or coercion. And those efforts are taking place largely at sea. We do not welcome dangerous encounters by fighter aircraft and vessels at sea. What Japan and China must exchange are words. Should we not meet at the negotiating table, exchange smiles and handshakes, and get down to talking?

A Pandora's Box is Opening Up in East Asia

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

Today, Asia once again faces a historical challenge. It is standing at the crossroads between progress and retrogression. Why and how have we come this far? Partly, this is accounted for by the new and divergent outlook for the regional order -- a rising China, a resurgent Japan, strong Russia, anachronistic North Korea obsessed with the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the United States who is rebalancing to Asia. It looks like the "Pandora's Box" is being opened, with all sorts of problems -- both old and new -- popping up, complicating the already very complex situation. Any of these developments, if mishandled or left unchecked, could escalate into a much more serious situation with far reaching consequences for the region.

Why China and America are Headed Toward a Catastrophic Clash

Hugh White | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
Hugh White

Both Washington and China are steadily upping the stakes in their rivalry as China's provocations of U.S. friends and allies become more flagrant and America's commitments to support them become more categorical. Both believe they can do this with impunity because both believe the other will back down to avoid a clash. There is a disconcertingly high chance that they are both wrong. Asia today therefore carries the seeds of a truly catastrophic episode of mutual misperception.

Fukuyama And Ferguson: Obama Projects Weakness In A Dangerous World

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.02.2014 | World

At the Milken Institute Global Conference earlier this week, I sat down with political theorist Francis Fukuyama and historian Niall Ferguson to discu...

Obama Wins Back Lost Advantage in the Philippines As He Dabbles, Fitfully and Perhaps Fatefully, in the Ukraine Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

As Obama accomplished something quite real in the Asia-Pacific his administration and the European Union pursued something unreal, announcing new sanctions against individual Russians for their involvement in Russia's strategy to foment discord in Ukraine and keep that nation, which is only a few hundred miles from Moscow, out of NATO.

Asia-Pacific Pivot: Obama Trip So Far As Important for What Hasn't Happened As for What Has Happened

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the shouting but, notably, not shooting continues in the Ukraine crisis, and the Middle East peace process collapses, President Barack Obama is in the middle of his four-nation Asia-Pacific tour. How's it going, amidst very predictable distractions from Russia and Israel? Fair to middling.

Obama's Asian Pivot: A WorldPost Review

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting Asia to meet U.S. allies and assure them of America's backing as China rises to become the dominant power in the region. In light of the West's weak response to Putin's takeover of the Crimea, some Asian allies are concerned about whether the U.S. will stand steady in the event a conflict breaks out between one of its allies and China.

A Zen Response To The Japan-China Island Dispute

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Though mired in a thoroughly modern nation-state dispute with very real military consequences, both China and Japan also proudly draw their identities from continuous cultures that are not only thousands of years old, but also grounded in common civilizational roots. Perhaps if they peered far enough back to those common roots, they would not be so bent out of shape over who owns a few rocks in the ocean. Looked at differently, the islands very much resemble a dry zen garden where a series of mindfully positioned rocks rest harmoniously amid a meticulously raked gravel sea of nothingness. It is here that one contemplates peace.

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.