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South China Sea Disputes

Japan and China Should Sit Down at the Negotiating Table

Shinzō Abe | Posted 08.03.2014 | 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?

Philippines And Vietnam In The South China Sea: A Burgeoning Alliance

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

The two countries can no longer afford to simply chart their own independent paths, since maximum coordination has become a strategic imperative.

The Dangers of Asian Nationalism: Why Washington Should Be Alarmed

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

By aggressively taking on weaker claimant states in the Western Pacific, in absence of any meaningful provocation, China has announced its intention to re-design the Pacific order in its own image.

China Tests American Resolve: More Trouble in the South China Sea

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Over all, Obama's recent trip to Asia added much-needed momentum to the pivot policy; but recent developments suggest that China is willing to push the envelope in the South China Sea.

The Philippine-U.S. New Security Pact: Good Bargain, or a Lopsided Deal?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Richard Javad Heydarian

Filipino officials have emphatically announced a new era in Philippine-U.S. bilateral alliance. Critics, however, believe the administration has offered Americans precious access to Philippine bases in exchange for marginal tactical advantages.

Why Is China Feared? Resurgence, Pride and Uncertainty

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China's recent assertiveness abroad should perhaps be seen through the prism of how a new Chinese leadership is willing to sacrifice foreign relations in a calculated manner to create enough domestic legitimacy for undertaking an ambitious economic reform agenda at home.