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China, U.S. Spar Over Islands In South China Sea

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 08.03.2015 | World

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said on Monday the disputed South China Sea should not be discussed at a me...

Aquino's Legacy in the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Edsel Tupaz

In just 5 years, Aquino's accomplishments have exceeded many expectations and have outperformed all previous administrations.

The Philippines vs. China: The Real Fight in the South China Sea

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.17.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

While the Philippines is waging the snail's pace legal warfare, China is dramatically altering facts on the ground on a daily basis. By all means, the real struggle in the South China Sea is to protect your position on the ground, defending every inch of your territorial claim lest others will Darwin you out.

America and China Face the 21st Century: Replace Confrontation with Cooperation

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Goldstein performs two critical tasks in his new book, Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging U.S.-China Rivalry (Georgetown University Press). First, he acknowledges the legitimacy of the PRC's desire for a greater international role. Second, he offers a strategy of cooperation for the two nations, which includes recognizing natural but much-reviled "spheres of influence."

Scattershot U.S. Policies Only Fueling China's Strength Economically, Militarily and Politically

David Oualaalou | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

So much for last month's U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, which has left U.S. security analysts convinced the United States is getting nowhere with China. This was evident as President Obama expressed concern about China's increasingly troublesome cyber and maritime behavior.

Storm Warning in the South China Sea

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Lyric Hughes Hale

The South China Sea might be a marginal sea in strictly geographic terms, but based on its history and present importance in international trade, it is central to defining the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world - that of China and the US.

28 Chinese Cavort Amid the Treasures of the Asian Art Museum

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

The placement of these artworks is disconcerting and, for the most part, brilliant. Viewing the modern work next to ancient artifacts from China and from neighboring countries with which it has had a volatile history, instantly rewires our brains.

The U.S. and China Should Not Risk War Over a "Damn Fool Thing" in the South China Sea

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.04.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Some territorial claims are easy. Often, however, history disdains simplicity. In this case, there is a complex mix of control, historical practice, international law and treaty. In the view of most observers, Beijing's claims are extravagant. Yet, they are not unprecedented.

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...