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The U.S. and China Are Neither Allies Nor Enemies -- But They Must Get Along

Fu Ying | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- Which is the real state of China-U.S. relations? Confrontation or cooperation? Or are both real?

Dear President Duterte: Blueprint for an Independent Philippine Foreign Policy

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

By combining independence, cautious audacity, capacity-building and consultation, ideological heterodoxy, and grasp of the spirit of the times, the Duterte administration can usher in a golden age of Philippine foreign relations. And I do personally hope that he will hire the most capable foreign policy spokespersons to ensure best possible diplomatic communication and avoid any misunderstanding.

Asia's New Battlefield: The South China Sea Disputes

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.11.2016 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China is inching closer to transforming the world's most important waterway -- hosting a third of global maritime trade, four times oil trade than Suez Canal, and a tenth of global fisheries resources -- into a domestic lake.

A Critical Look at Obama Foreign Policy

Zachary Marcone | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Zachary Marcone

In a word Obama foreign policy has been adequate. His victories have been equally matched by his failures. His policy has neither substantially forwar...

Ash Carter Warns China U.S. Will Remain Dominant Military Force In Asia-Pacific Region

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 06.04.2016 | World

The United States stepped up pressure on China on Saturday to rein in its actions in the South China Sea, with top defense officials underlining Washi...

Obama Gets Rock-Star Welcome in Vietnam While Xi's Visit Is Barely Remembered

Helen Clark | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Helen Clark

PERTH, Australia -- Though Vietnam and China may remain ideologically similar, the Vietnamese err on the side of the States, not their comrades over the border.

Dear Mr. President, Human Rights Should Never Be Mere Lip Service

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.24.2016 | World
Andrew Lam

President Obama visited Vietnam this week in hope of firming up his "rebalance to Asia" policy, which had faltered in recent years.

Taiwan's First Female President Is Sworn In, Pledges To Promote Peace

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.20.2016 | World

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's new president urged China on Friday to "drop the baggage of history" in an otherwise conciliatory inauguration speech that...

Duterte's Hard Choice: Maintain the Alliance With the U.S. or Mend Ties With China

Rommel C. Banlaoi | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Rommel C. Banlaoi

MANILA, Philippines -- With a new president soon entering office, the Philippines is facing a potential foreign policy shakeup. The country needs to improve its ties with its close neighbor, China. But it still needs the warm embrace of its distant relative, the United States.

Vietnam and China: Then & Now -- President Obama Goes Hanoi

Jim Laurie | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Jim Laurie

Further advances in United States-Vietnam relations will likely emerge in the next few weeks. What also seems clear is that as US-Vietnam ties grow, preventing conflict between two of Asia's oldest adversaries -- Vietnam and China -- will be a major diplomatic challenge in the years ahead.

Pentagon Warns China Will Add Military Infrastructure To Artificial Islands

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 05.14.2016 | World

China is expected to add substantial military infrastructure, including surveillance systems, to artificial islands in the South China Sea this year, ...

How the Donald Trump of the Philippines Won the Presidency

Ramon Casiple | Posted 05.10.2016 | World
Ramon Casiple

MANILA, Philippines -- In the Philippines presidential election this week, many of the voters felt that enough was enough. The Aquino administration was a disappointment to many. Most cast their votes for change -- the more radical, the better.

Making China Great Again

John Feffer | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
John Feffer

The final of the World Snooker Championship took place this week in Sheffield, the hardscrabble town in England’s north perhaps best known as the se...

Fighting History: Domestic Politics in the South China Sea

China Hands | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
China Hands

NICHOLAS WU explores the effect of domestic politics on China's strategy in the South China Sea. Although there has been no armed conflict in the Sou...

Will the South China Sea Dispute Impact the Philippine Election?

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 04.30.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

The South China Sea - or West Philippine Sea - dispute does not play as important of a role in the Philippine presidential election on May 9 as some analysts have suggested.

A President Clinton or Trump Would Be More Alike Than Different on Foreign Policy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The American public has had enough of wars, doesn't know what to believe when politicians speak, and is more interested in taking care of things at home. This is not likely to change when the next president takes office, and Clinton and Trump know it.

Why the Philippines Should Vote for Poe

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since the last of the televised debates among presidential candidates, Duterte has offered no coherent foreign policy, no policy for the domestic economy and job generation, and no form of behavior even closely resembling statesmanship.

Who Will Win World War III?

Peter Navarro | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

At the start of World War II, the combined economies of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were only half the size of the United States. If for no other reason than the sheer weight of its factories and work force, America thereby held the strategic high ground.

Chinese Military Plane Makes First Public Landing On Disputed Island

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.18.2016 | World

BEIJING, April 18 (Reuters) - A Chinese military aircraft has landed at a new airport on an island China has built in the disputed South China Sea, st...

10 Countries With The Fastest Growing Militaries

24/7 Wall St. | Casey Williams | Posted 04.15.2016 | Business

This article was originally published on 24/7 Wall St. Military spending in the United States totaled $596 billion in 2015, far and away the largest ...

China Is Operating A Lighthouse On Artificial South China Sea Island

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.06.2016 | World

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has begun operating a lighthouse on one of its artificial islands in the South China Sea near where a U.S. warship sailed la...

Much Remains to Be Done in the Philippines

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.09.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is ironic that the first country to enforce the latest UN sanctions against North Korea by impounding a cargo vessel is the Philippines.

China Is Testing Obama In The South China Sea

The Washington Post | Chloe Angyal | Posted 03.02.2016 | World

The Obama administration has been forcefully trying for nearly six years to prod China to abide by the usual international rules and to curb Beijing...

Avoid Confrontation in the South China Sea

Tom Mockaitis | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Mockaitis

The much-vaunted "re balancing" of U.S. forces to Asia has been limited by the conflict in the Middle East and the resurgence of Russia. Deploying more naval and air assets to the region would, in any case, have limited effect.

Here's What You Need To Know About The South China Sea Disputes

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.03.2016 | World

The South China Sea has been a source of tensions between several East Asian countries for decades -- and the disputes are getting worse. In recent ye...