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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?

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.

A Better Approach to China -- and the World

Peter Schurman | Posted 06.03.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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.

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.

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...

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

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2015 | 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.

Images Show China Is Building Its First Runway In Contested Territory

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

(Adds Japanese and South Korean comment, paragraphs 11-12; edits) By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, April 16 (Reuters) - ...

China's Challenge in the South China Sea

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Philippines' attempt to haul China to an international tribunal is a problem because it is invoking the very compulsory jurisdiction which China has disavowed since 2006.

How to Steal the Sea, Chinese Style

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

The ancient concept of oceans as commons is under threat. The Chinese dragon walks and swims.

Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The past six months have seen an incredible ratcheting up of tensions in the East and South China Seas, where the world's three largest economies are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of territorial disputes, competing alliances, and historical grievances.

China Needs to Decide What It Wants To Be

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

For decades the Chinese government has deployed both soft and hard power to promote China's influence and status, while at the same time discouraging interference in Chinese affairs.

China, the Philippines and the Rule of Law

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Can a state remain a party to a treaty or convention without being bound by its rules? Can contracting states adhere to an international legal regime and simultaneously opt out of any binding force required or to be required by that regime?

Rocks with Roles

Rajan Menon | Posted 11.08.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Despite the tininess of East Asia's contested islets, the ways in which the disputes over them play out between Japan and China will serve as a bellwether for how peaceful the region will be as this century progresses.

A Look At Pacific Island Disputes

AP | Posted 08.20.2012 | World

Associated Press The Pacific Ocean is peppered with hundreds of islands – most small and uninhabited – that are claimed by more than one countr...

Philippines, China Commit To Diplomacy In Tense Standoff

AP | JIM GOMEZ | Posted 06.10.2012 | World

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine and Chinese diplomats scrambled Thursday to find a possible compromise to end a tense naval standoff in the dis...

Philippine Navy In Tense Standoff With China Ships

AP | JIM GOMEZ | Posted 06.10.2012 | World

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines' largest warship was engaged in a tense standoff with Chinese surveillance vessels Wednesday at a disputed...

The Road to War in Asia

Eric Margolis | Posted 01.22.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

Clever diplomacy, not more Marines, is the answer. The over-extended American Raj has got to face strategic reality or it risks going the way of the Soviet Empire.

Marines Start Military Drills In South China Sea, Reassure China Not To Worry

AP | By JIM GOMEZ | Posted 12.17.2011 | World

MANILA, Philippines -- About 3,000 U.S. and Filipino marines started two weeks of annual military drills in the Philippines on Monday that will includ...