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Japan's Right to Renounce War

Kathy Kelly | Posted 11.22.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

On the Japanese island of Okinawa, a majority of residents aim to uphold the Japanese constitution as they vigorously protest construction of a new U.S. military base.

Philippines' APEC Fever: Is it Worth it?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

In the coming days, the Philippines will be in the global spotlight. It will play host to one of the world's most important gatherings, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting -- a prestigious hobnob comparable with the G20 and G7 summits.

Under the Same Roof: China's View of Global Order

Fu Ying | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- Debates are going on the two sides of the Pacific, in China and in the U.S., about the future world order. On the part of the U.S. the core issue is how to maintain its world dominance. Out of its natural fear of the traditional model of power transition, the U.S. is deeply concerned whether it can remain strong and whether the newly rising powers will compete for world dominance with the U.S.. So some suggest that the U.S. may need a new grand strategy.

The Collision Course in the South China Sea

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

When I was learning to fly, one of the lessons was that if you see an object on the horizon that is seemingly stationary but getting larger, watch out. It is probably an aircraft closing with you. Trouble with China in the South China Sea is on the horizon of U.S strategic concerns and getting larger. A major confrontation may be at hand.

China, Vietnam Agree To Maintain Peace In South China Sea

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

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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.

U.S. Navy To Patrol South China Sea About Twice Every Quarter

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

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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.

Philippines vs. China: International Law or Rule of the Jungle?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Earlier this month, many Filipinos, who are sick and tired of chronic corruption, were annoyed by the United Nations' (UN) decision to slam the Filipino government's detention of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, one of Philippines' most unpopular politicians in history.

Obama Gets It Right in the South China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama sent the Navy in harm's way this week and it turned out fine. Having gotten what it's going to get, at least for now, from China, the Obama administration at last challenged China's absurd claim of sovereignty over far distant artificial islands it's built in the South China Sea.

The Hague To Hear South China Sea Dispute

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

AMSTERDAM, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the ...

War in Asia Unthinkable

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

The by far most likely scenario for U.S.-China relationship over the next decades is continued negotiations to adjust and adapt to a new power balance.

The Dangerous "Assertions" Of The Freedom Of Navigation

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Amitai Etzioni

If the United States seeks to shore up its credibility, it would be better to show that it is able to "degrade and destroy ISIS," as it committed itself to doing more than a year ago, rather than escalating and militarizing the conflict with China.

The U.S. Must Accommodate China's Power in the Island Dispute -- Or Be Willing to Pay a High Price

Hugh White | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Hugh White

SYDNEY -- China today is a very powerful and ambitious country, led by a man who really is determined to build new model of great power relations in Asia to replace the regional order based on U.S. primacy. There are no low-risk, low-cost ways to respond to this challenge.

America Just Sent a Destroyer to the South China Sea. Now What?

Euan Graham | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Euan Graham

Ultimately, it may take a crisis for the U.S.-China relationship to reach a stable equilibrium. But in the current context, I believe the doom-laden scenario of a U.S.-China naval clash in the South China Sea to be remote. The greater risk is that China will use U.S. FoN operations to justify an overtly military phase to the island construction project.

South China Sea: U.S. Sovereignty Challenge Provokes Anger In Beijing

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.27.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) -- A U.S. Navy warship sailed past one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea on Tuesday, in a challenge to Chinese sovere...

Tension: U.S. Destroyer Sent To Challenge China's Territorial Claims

Reuters | Nico Pitney | Posted 10.26.2015 | World

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China's Rise: Rhetoric and Reality

David W. Kearn | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
David W. Kearn

While it defines and defends its core interests, Beijing seems almost oblivious or unable to comprehend that other countries may also have important national interests, and that China's stated intentions and material capabilities make China a real threat to the security of other states.

Obama's Hard Calls: South China Sea, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Ukraine and Russia

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As he comes to grips with his failed escalations in Afghanistan and Syria, President Barack Obama should nevertheless respond to China's escalations in the South China Sea. Fortunately, all it requires is that he direct the U.S. Navy to sail where it has legally sailed for more than a century.

U.S. Challenges China With Patrols Near South China Sea Islands

The Wall Street Journal | Jade Walker | Posted 10.11.2015 | World

The U.S. determination to challenge China with patrols near Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea will test Xi Jinping’s recent pledge t...

Reports: U.S. Mulls Sailing Warships Near Disputed South China Sea Islands

Reuters | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.08.2015 | World

The United States is considering sailing warships close to China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea to signal it does not recognize Ch...

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.

Here Is the Path to Peace in the South China Sea

Hu Bo | Posted 09.24.2015 | World
Hu Bo

BEIJING -- Having been a superpower for a long time, America cannot afford to assume a weak stance. But Beijing, with its growing power, is also unable to tolerate U.S. interference at its doorstep.

Why Tibet Could Be the Best Opportunity for Xi Jinping

Matteo Mecacci | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Matteo Mecacci

China's President Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington to meet President Obama for an important state visit. The context is a growing alarm about China's less than peaceful rise, and provides a rare opportunity for the president to give an important message on Tibet.

Let's Not Get Into It With China

Ivan Eland | Posted 09.21.2015 | 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.