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South China Sea

State of Play: Our Far-flung Crises

William Bradley | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The velocity of events and the fragmentation of the media culture are such that it can be difficult to keep up with how we're doing in various national security crises around the world. Here's the latest state of play on some of the most pressing.

Confronting China Over Other Nations' Territorial Disputes: Not in America's Interest

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

None of the claims generating so much controversy is worth war. China is carefully using "salami tactics," successively grabbing small pieces of a larger whole to avoid a conflict. But who is prepared to fight even for the larger whole?

China: Milestones in the Dragon's Rise

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 06.20.2015 | 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.

Asia: On the Rocks

John Feffer | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

The U.S. inability to help resolve the myriad island disputes in Asia and its failure to overcome domestic resistance to the TPP suggest that a time will come quite soon when America no longer rules the waves in the Pacific (or has the hegemonic power to waive the rules).

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

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.18.2015 | 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.

China's Top Diplomat to U.S.: Stop the 'Megaphone Diplomacy'

Tom Nagorski | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Tom Nagorski

The U.S. and several Southeast Asian nations have been harshly critical of China for expanding several coral reefs through dredging in the South China Sea, and building a runway on one of them, actions that the Americans fear may be used for military operations.

China's Expansion in the South China Sea: A Return to Great Power Politics

David W. Kearn | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
David W. Kearn

Since assuming power, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has spoken of China and the United States developing a "new kind of great power politics" that avoids the damaging and costly patterns of competition and conflict that have marked great power relations through history.

How Would You Feel If China Flew Spy Planes a Dozen Miles From the California Coast?

Hugh White | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Hugh White

CANBERRA -- One can feel at least a twinge of sympathy for China's position. Imagine how Americans would feel if Chinese military aircraft and ships conducted regular surveillance and intelligence-gathering missions within a few dozen miles of America's Pacific coast.

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

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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.

Rising Nationalism a Threat to Asia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given its diverse cultural, linguistic and religious mosaic, nationalism is always lurking beneath the surface in Asia.

South China Sea: Philippines Running Out of Options

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China wants to hand down a fait accompli to both the international court and the next American administration by achieving de facto -- if not du jour -- domination over contested features in the South China Sea.

Is U.S.-China Conflict Imminent in the South China Sea?

Joseph Nye | Posted 06.03.2015 | World
Joseph Nye

OXFORD, England -- China seems to be trying to "create facts on the ground" -- what Admiral Harry Harris, the US commander in the Pacific, calls a new "great wall of sand." The U.S. response is designed to prevent China from creating a fait accompli that could close off large parts of the South China Sea. Nevertheless, the original policy of not becoming embroiled in the sovereignty dispute continues to make sense.

Why China Has the Right to 'Build Sovereignty' in the South China Sea

Shen Dingli | Posted 06.03.2015 | World
Shen Dingli

SHANGHAI -- There are many ways to dispel suspicion and build trust other than by sending a warship or spy plane into the contested space and water in the name of free navigation or innocent passage, either to invite a fiasco or test respective ability to deescalate at the last minute.

The U.S. Should Defend Global Commons, Not Naval Supremacy, in Asia

Yanmei Xie | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Yanmei Xie

BEIJING -- Washington needs to state and re-state that what it is determined to defend is the global commons, not its naval supremacy in the South China Sea. The former wins high ground in the court of international opinion. The latter may generate headlines for the grandstand wanting to see U.S.-Chinese rivalry, but it will likely result in a limited alliance and set the region down a zero-sum track.

Obama: Land Reclamation Projects In South China Sea Are 'Counterproductive'

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday that land reclamation projects in the South China Sea are unproductive and call...

Could Sweden's 'Singing Sailor' Prevent the U.S. and China from Going to War?

John Wagner Givens | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
John Wagner Givens

Hawks argue that allowing China to expand its influence in the South China Sea would set a dangerous precedent. Yet this concern is overblown. The only precedent being set is that no one is going to bother to stop China from asserting sovereignty over some handfuls of uninhabited rocks.

Vietnam, U.S. Discuss Land Reclamation In South China Sea

Reuters | David Alexander | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

By David Alexander HANOI, June 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed his call for an end to island-building in the...

U.S. Defense Secretary: China's Island-Building Undermines Security

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2015 | World

By David Alexander and Rachel Armstrong SINGAPORE, May 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that China's island-buildi...

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 06.01.2015 | 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...