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Vietnam in a Quandary: China's Aggression, America's Seduction

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Andrew Lam

Thi Quang Lam, a former general in the South Vietnamese army talks about issues related to contemporary Vietnam and its growing unrest, spurred in large part by China's aggression and Hanoi's muted response.

What the Scottish Referendum Teaches the World

Ziad Haider | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Ziad Haider

While the movie Braveheart elicits eye rolls in Scotland for its inaccuracies (and marvel at its impact on tourism), William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, two key characters, are central figures in Scottish history.

Is This What Terror War Success Looks Like?

William Bradley | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

What does success against jihadist terrorist groups look like? For all the talk of a Forever War, we might just have an answer now.

RIMPAC 2014 and the Future of Sino-U.S. Military-to-Military Relations

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

In June 2014, the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will for the first time join the biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) -- the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise.

America Has Never Faced a Power Like China

Bob Hawke | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Bob Hawke

China today is a country that is fundamentally more powerful than any that America has ever had to encounter before. It is also a country that has a stronger sense of its place and status than any country in the world except perhaps America itself.

Is China's Hard Power Undermining its Soft Power?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

To put the Middle Kingdom's soft power in context, while China is building bullet trains to connect 80 percent of its cities, half of all Indians still lack toilets. China's newly aggressive posture in the East and South China Seas, not to mention its commercial cyberspying, threaten to undermine that soft power. This is not to say that China is singularly at fault or that some of its claims are not legitimate and that others, especially Japan, are not culpable in raising tensions. Everyone now also knows that American NSA cyberspying is globally pervasive. But it is to say that much of the rest of the world perceives a new confrontational tone in Beijing.

Japan and China Should Sit Down at the Negotiating Table

Shinzō Abe | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Shinzō Abe

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved tremendous growth in the span of a single generation. Regrettably, a large and relatively disproportionate share of the fruits of that growth is going toward military expansion. The sources of instability include not only the threat of weapons of mass destruction, but also -- and more immediately -- efforts to alter the territorial status quo through force or coercion. And those efforts are taking place largely at sea. We do not welcome dangerous encounters by fighter aircraft and vessels at sea. What Japan and China must exchange are words. Should we not meet at the negotiating table, exchange smiles and handshakes, and get down to talking?

A Pandora's Box is Opening Up in East Asia

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

Today, Asia once again faces a historical challenge. It is standing at the crossroads between progress and retrogression. Why and how have we come this far? Partly, this is accounted for by the new and divergent outlook for the regional order -- a rising China, a resurgent Japan, strong Russia, anachronistic North Korea obsessed with the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the United States who is rebalancing to Asia. It looks like the "Pandora's Box" is being opened, with all sorts of problems -- both old and new -- popping up, complicating the already very complex situation. Any of these developments, if mishandled or left unchecked, could escalate into a much more serious situation with far reaching consequences for the region.

Why China and America are Headed Toward a Catastrophic Clash

Hugh White | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
Hugh White

Both Washington and China are steadily upping the stakes in their rivalry as China's provocations of U.S. friends and allies become more flagrant and America's commitments to support them become more categorical. Both believe they can do this with impunity because both believe the other will back down to avoid a clash. There is a disconcertingly high chance that they are both wrong. Asia today therefore carries the seeds of a truly catastrophic episode of mutual misperception.

U.S. Accuses China Of 'Destabilizing' Asia Over South China Sea Claims

Reuters | Posted 05.31.2014 | World

By David Brunnstrom and Lee Chyen Yee SINGAPORE, May 31 (Reuters) - The United States and China squared off at an Asian secur...

Shinzo Abe: Japan Offers 'Utmost Support' To Nations In Disputes With China

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2014 | World

By Masayuki Kitano and Raju Gopalakrishnan SINGAPORE, May 30 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushing for a greater role for Ja...

Why MH370 Will Not Change Chinese/Malaysia Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of the bilateral tension created by MH370, China is likely to remain cautious about taking actions that could jeopardize its partnership with Malaysia, given the country's importance in the region's geopolitical landscape and its warming relations with Washington.

Howard Fineman

Middle Kingdom In The Middle

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

BEIJING -- Vladimir Putin is coming to China this week. So is Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations. Not to mention Hassan Rouhani...

Thousands Evacuated From Vietnam Amid Deadly Riots

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT and HAU DINH | Posted 07.17.2014 | World

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities forcibly broke up small protests against China in two cities on Sunday, after deadly anti-China rampage...

China's State-Run Newspaper Backs ‘Non-Peaceful' Steps Against Vietnam

South China Morning Post | Posted 05.16.2014 | World

The state-run Global Times newspaper backed the use of “non-peaceful” measures against Vietnam and the Philippines on Friday, as it considered the...

The Three-War Doctrine

John Feffer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

If the War Party wins in 2016, all bets are off. We will prepare to fight in the Eurasian heartland, the South China Sea, and the resource-rich lands of Africa -- because if we don't fight them there, we'll have to fight them here. Just when it seemed like we were about to give peace a chance, the United States will suddenly revert to a three-war doctrine.

Top Chinese Strategist: Will U.S.-China Relations Turn Into 'True Rivalry Between False Friends?'

The Asahi Shimbun | Koichi Furuya | Posted 05.14.2014 | World

Restoring China’s national pride is a primary concern for President Xi Jinping as he seeks to establish a "new type of great power relationship" wit...

Crisis in the South China Sea

David W. Kearn | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
David W. Kearn

With little regard for the territorial claims of its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors or international norms like freedom of navigation in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, China's behavior is increasingly and unambiguously unilateral and assertive.

Washington Post: U.S. Stands By As China Confronts Vietnam

The Washington Post | Posted 05.13.2014 | World

WITH A $1 billion oil rig the size of a football field, China has literally laid down a new marker in its ambition to dominate the South China Sea —...

China Urges Kerry To Be 'Objective' On South China Sea Dispute

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2014 | World

BEIJING, May 13 (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the South China Sea dispute with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and urged...

The Most Important Regional Organization That Nobody Has Heard Of

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

Seizing that moment won't be easy -- at a minimum, it will mean easing half a century of Indian-Pakistani hostilities -- but it is necessary. The eight nations of SAARC have a critical choice to make.

Xi and Putin Playing Dangerous Games to Mask Domestic Problems

David Paul | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Both men are taking a turn toward nationalism as they confront internal threats to their leadership. Both countries are facing a slowdown in economic growth that has been the cornerstone of popular support over the past decade, and both are seeing increasing public anger over corruption at the highest levels of government.

Obama Wins Back Lost Advantage in the Philippines As He Dabbles, Fitfully and Perhaps Fatefully, in the Ukraine Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

As Obama accomplished something quite real in the Asia-Pacific his administration and the European Union pursued something unreal, announcing new sanctions against individual Russians for their involvement in Russia's strategy to foment discord in Ukraine and keep that nation, which is only a few hundred miles from Moscow, out of NATO.

Asia-Pacific Pivot: Obama Trip So Far As Important for What Hasn't Happened As for What Has Happened

William Bradley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the shouting but, notably, not shooting continues in the Ukraine crisis, and the Middle East peace process collapses, President Barack Obama is in the middle of his four-nation Asia-Pacific tour. How's it going, amidst very predictable distractions from Russia and Israel? Fair to middling.

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

William Bradley | Posted 06.14.2014 | 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.