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U.S. Says China Has Placed Mobile Artillery On Reclaimed Island

Reuters | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

SINGAPORE, May 29 (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the dis...

China Defends Building Man-Made Islands In The Disputed South China Sea

AP | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Responding to sharply-worded comments from the U.S. defense secretary, China on Thursday defended its building of artificial islands ...

China's Territorial Claim at Risk in the South China Sea

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Edsel Tupaz

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague has announced that in July it will be holding the first hearing on the 2013 arbitration case the Philippines filed against China questioning the legal validity of China's '9-dash line' claim over the South China Sea.

China Plans Naval Expansion Amid South China Sea Tensions

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | World

By Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters) - China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and announced plans for the construc...

U.S. Releases Video Of China Constructing New Islands In The South China Sea

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

The Pentagon released several videos on Thursday showing Chinese construction of man-made islands in the disputed waters of the South China Sea. Si...

Tension Rises Between U.S. And China Over Provocations In South Sea

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

(Recasts with U.S. comment) By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - The United States vowed on Thursday to k...

China's Navy Warns U.S. Spy Plane Flying Near Contested Islands

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) -- China said Thursday it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed wate...

U.S., China Clash Over Development In South China Sea

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States are budging not a bit over Beijing's assertive development in disputed parts of the South China Sea, with...

China's Growing Global Military Presence: Walk Softly and Carry a Small Stick

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The alarm bells that are ringing among various governments and in the press with respect to China's growing global military presence are overdone.

U.S. Mulls Sending Military To Check China's Moves In Contested Waters

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

* U.S. move would challenge China in disputed Spratlys * Could raise risk of confrontation - expert * China defends its ...

Pax Sinica in the South China Sea: End of American Hegemony in Asia?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

The United States will have to preemptively identify any ADIZ in the South China as a "redline," augment the naval and coast guard capabilities of its allies, and negotiate necessary Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) to ensure the further crowding of the contested features will not lead to an outright conflict.

The Rule of Law Is China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The PRC has become masterful at playing the international system against itself, whether on issues related to maritime law or development finance, as has been skillfully demonstrated with the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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

Robert J. Natter | Posted 04.23.2015 | 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.

Report: China Is Building Airstrip On Reclaimed Island

AP | Posted 04.17.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independen...

India's Political Influence in Asia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

As India continues to gain its footing on the global stage, it continues to revise the manner in which it approaches bilateral, regional and international relations.

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.

Did Obama's India Visit Revive the 'Asian Arc of Democracy' Strategy Against China?

Pawan Khera | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Pawan Khera

However neatly wrapped, self-interest is the underlying theme of foreign policy. India will have to tread with extreme caution on this path of a joint strategic vision for the Asia-Pacific. The U.S. will only walk on this path up to a point. Australia and Japan have not exhibited consistency in their China policy.

Law and Disorder in the South China Sea

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Owing to its glaring conventional military inferiority, the Philippines has embarked on an unprecedented journey: Launching a legal warfare, dubbed as "lawfare," against China.

Is Economic Warfare the Theme for 2015?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Is the Russian Ruble becoming financial rubble as consequence of targeting by the U.S. and its allies? The dramatic fall in oil prices and commensurate drop in the Russian currency, is this coincidental to broader global economic trends or an orchestrated assault?

Vietnam Welcomes America with Open Arms

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Llewellyn King

No grunt slogging through the jungles of Vietnam could imagine that in 2014, 41 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese would be welcoming back Americans as investors, tourists, advisers and protectors.

China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Philippines' attempt to haul China to an international tribunal is a problem because it is invoking the very compulsory jurisdiction which China has disavowed since 2006.

Pivoting to Success: Is Obama's Progress in the Asia-Pacific and Elsewhere Enough?

William Bradley | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

With his eight-day tour of the Asia-Pacific, his affirmation of equality on the Internet, and his move to block mass deportations, President Barack Obama has some big post-election actions to point to as he seeks to rebound from the disaster of the mid-term elections.

Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
John Feffer

Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" brought peace to the Wild West.

The Dance of Superpowers

John Feffer | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

The US and China are engaged in a dance of global partnership in which the two tightly embrace or wriggle warily in tandem at a distance, depending on the background music. At the same time, where there is overlap in the perceived spheres of influence, the music stops and the two countries argue over who calls the tune.

China and India's Next Rivalry: Energy

Aziz Nayani | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Aziz Nayani

The two countries are expected to account for the largest demand of energy resources between now and 2035, according to a report by BP, and have been working diligently to secure new sources of energy.