iOS app Android app

South China Sea

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.

The Post-Deng China: The End of China's Soft Power?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China is well aware that neither the West nor its neighbors can afford a direct confrontation. From a military standpoint, the hardliners in China believe that they can afford to constantly push the boundaries of their territorial claims without triggering a massive backlash.

U.S.: Don't Even Think About Pulling A Crimea In Asia, China

Reuters | Posted 04.05.2014 | World

(Adds comment from Chinese foreign ministry) By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) - China should not doubt ...

How China Benefits From the Ukraine Crisis

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Beijing's calculated silence on the Ukrainian crisis is based on several geopolitical issues: the ideological pillar of non-interference, the China-Russia alliance, Chinese investments in Ukraine, and concerns about ethnic separatism in western China.

Robert Kaplan: The End Of A Stable Pacific

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

Robert Kaplan is the author of “Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific” Kaplan spoke with The WorldPost editor N...

China Watch, or Is it 'Watch China?'

T. Dean Reed | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

The Philippines continues to stand, if not alone, without much true international support as China pushes its aggressive claim to the South China Sea almost into Manila Bay.

South China Sea Disputes Enter a Dangerous Phase: The U.S. Pivot Gathers Steam

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Richard Javad Heydarian

Aquino may have risked a permanent estrangement with the Chinese leadership over his fiery rhetoric. But it is hoping that rising international concerns over the South China Sea disputes will translate into greater external support against China.

Does America Even Have a National Security Strategy? (Needed: Anticipatory Democracy)

William Bradley | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Does America even have a national security strategy? I ask because the Pentagon is getting ready to promulgate the latest version of same in the forthcoming Quadrennial Defense Review. And the Obama Administration has given off some big conflicting messages over the past year.

Asia-Pacific Pivot: A New Cold War (Just Not the One You Think)

William Bradley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Who would win in a hot war between Japan and China? The more limited the scope of the engagement, the better the chance for Japan to prevail. While China has more ships and planes, Japan has better ships and planes, with more maneuvering experience.

China's New Foreign Policy: Not Conflict But Convergence Of Interests

Yan Xuetong | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Yan Xuetong

Although China and the U.S. are strategic competitors, there are common interests, complementary interests and, of course, conflicting interests between them. Such complexity provides the two countries the room for active cooperation when interests converge and a degree of preventive cooperation where interests conflict.

China Huffs and Puffs Some More, to Uncertain Effect

William Bradley | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

The latest aggressive Chinese move in the Western Pacific? Decreeing that all fishing vessels must have Chinese permission to operate in the South China Sea, virtually all of which it claims as its sovereign territory to the dismay of the other nations on the South China Sea.

Top Foreign Policy Challenge Heading Into 2014? It's China

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 02.19.2014 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

The question as to whether these two superpowers can coexist peacefully and collaboratively may be the supreme political challenge of our time.

China Confrontation: Vietnam Vet Kerry Makes Hay With Our Old Foe, Japan Woos Southeast Asia

William Bradley | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
William Bradley

High-profile diplomacy by American and Japanese leaders is bearing fruit in the wake of China following up its claim of sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea with its declaration of an air defense identification zone over much of the East China Sea.

China's Dangerous Air and Sea Show: Outcome, Options

William Bradley | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Nearly a week has come and gone since Vice President Joe Biden's big Asia-Pacific tour in the immediate wake of China declaring an air defense zone across the East China Sea. It proved to be a consequential trip, one swiftly followed on by Secretary of State John Kerry visiting Vietnam.

Who's in Charge on the Asia-Pacific Pivot? Biden, Hagel, Navy, Obama, Nobody?

William Bradley | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Vice President Joe Biden's very high profile Asia-Pacific trip this week points up a very key question with regard to the Obama Administration's pivot from the Middle East and Central Asia to the Asia-Pacific. Who's in charge, anyway?

The Iran Deal: Israel's "Existential Crisis," If Any, May Lie in the East China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Watching the Asia-Pacific slide into chaos, or become a vast Chinese lake, while remaining fatefully fixated on highly questionable Middle Eastern agendas could be disastrous. It would certainly be foolhardy.

Obama Sets Big Trip As He Regroups Around the Asia-Pacific Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

So Obama, beset by other problems, is heading out to the Asia-Pacific again on a big trip in April. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, not nearly as identified with the Asia-Pacific Pivot as predecessor Tom Donilon, made the announcement in a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University reaffirming the country's commitment to the Pivot.

A Costly No Show

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Allan Topol

History is change. Unless the United States does something radically different or unless the Chinese miracle of operating a booming economy in a repressive society implodes, the question is when China will surpass us economically. Not whether.

Ah, About Those Special Ops Raids ...

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
William Bradley

Last weekend, in the midst of all the tumult over the debacle that is the federal government shutdown, came word of these two dramatic US special operations forces raids against jihadist leaders in Libya and Somalia.

The Shutdown Crew Takes a Big Bite Out of U.S. Geopolitics

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

America is being judged by what's going on in the Washington clown show. The right-wing faction behind it is like the proverbial barking dog that catches the car -- no idea what to do now. And almost certainly no real grasp of the trouble it's causing.

After the Syria Red Alert: Big Doings in the Pacific Pivot, but Brazil Strategy Flops

William Bradley | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Just like that, a big crisis passes into the rear view mirror. But its impact continues, perhaps even more elsewhere.

Why California Is the Hinge of America's Asia-Pacific Pivot

William Bradley | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Focusing more on the Asia-Pacific region has long been in the cards as Asian economies rebuilt and rose to the fore in the decades after World War II and the ruinous Pacific War that was such a critical and yet underplayed part of it.

Japan's Military Resurgence Would Harm US Interests in Asia

Donald Gross | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Donald Gross

Most American pundits and the Obama administration would like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to concentrate on fixing the economy and stay away from raising Tokyo's military profile in Asia. But Abe seems bent on ignoring their advice and risks harming U.S. interests in the region.

A Far-Flung Strategy Unfolds: From Washington to Mumbai to Tokyo to the South China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

While the the melodramas of the moment which too often define the media culture played out, America's Asia-Pacific Pivot continued over the past week with major developments. In a host of seemingly disparate events ranging across many thousands of miles, a multi-faceted geopolitical strategy played out on multiple fronts.

Despite Multiple Crises, Obama's Asia-Pacific Moves Roll On

William Bradley | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The crises just keep on coming for the Obama Administration. Egypt, Syria, Snowden, Russia, Afghanistan, boom boom boom. But the Asia-Pacific Pivot -- from over-engagement with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to the rising Asia-Pacific region -- keeps moving forward.