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China's Nine-Dash Line and its Misplaced National Pride

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.22.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Even after The Hague decision, China's government continues to vociferously argue that its 'nine-dash line' of sovereignty over the entire South China...

Duterte, Trump, and Implications of 'Sticking It' to the Rest of the World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.13.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Rodrigo Duterte has only been in office a few months in the Philippines but is giving Donald Trump a run for his money as the most bombastic and outrageous political figure on the global media stage.

China's Zero Sum Vision Of The World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.06.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The emergence of a new global power has often profoundly shifted the geopolitical landscape and caused considerable discomfort among the established o...

New Images Suggest China Building Aircraft Hangars On Disputed Islands

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.09.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Recent satellite photographs show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in the disputed South...

Arbitration Ruling and Philippines-China Relations Under the Duterte Administration

Rommel C. Banlaoi | Posted 07.12.2016 | World
Rommel C. Banlaoi

MANILA, Philippines -- Duterte is willing to talk to China, and China must read his lips.

The Truth Behind the Philippines' Case on the South China Sea

He Yafei | Posted 07.12.2016 | World
He Yafei

BEIJING -- What we are witnessing is in reality a fight to safeguard international standards of law and the rule-based world order.

U.S. Policy Shifts From Détente to Deterrence in the South China Sea

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Andrew Lam

China's expansionist designs on the region's strategic shipping lanes and untapped natural resources are turning it into the next global hotspot.

As ISIS Strikes, China Rises (and America's Pivot Seems on Hold...Again)

Peter Navarro | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Peter Navarro

While America has vacillated between distraction and disinterest when it comes to Asia, a Rising China has quietly seized the opportunity to seize territory and expand its influence and power - and thereby nudge history in its favor.

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.

Be Tough, Not Stupid, In Dealing with China

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

U.S. policy toward the People's Republic of China is an important political issue. Trade, proliferation, human rights, cyberwar, security, and more are at stake in how the existing superpower and emerging great power get along in coming years.

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 Chinese...

Here Is the Path to Peace in the South China Sea

Hu Bo | Posted 09.24.2016 | 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.

Dear F. Sionil Jose, Philippine National -- Propagandist?

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Bino A. Realuyo

Mr. Philippine National Artist, I have respected your writing for decades, especially your narratives of the poor and underrepresented. I appreciate your prominence in Philippine literature and respect your well deserved ascent to National Artist stature, but using your position for propaganda is where I will draw the line.

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

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2016 | 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."

28 Chinese Cavort Amid the Treasures of the Asian Art Museum

Carla Escoda | Posted 07.07.2016 | 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 07.04.2016 | 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.

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

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2016 | 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?

Rising Nationalism a Threat to Asia

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.08.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

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

A Better Approach to China -- and the World

Peter Schurman | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Peter Schurman

Escalating tensions between the US and China, while ominous, offer a useful reminder that the artificial division of our world into separate nation-states may no longer serve us, and present a compelling reason to consider a better model.

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

Joseph Nye | Posted 06.03.2016 | 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 06.03.2016 | 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.

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

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 05.26.2016 | 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.

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

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2016 | World

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

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

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics

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

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

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.26.2015 | 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.