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2016/09/14 | Euan Graham
Russia Over a South China Sea Barrel
Whatever Moscow’s diplomatic aims are for this week’s South China Sea exercise with China, the reality is the drill will do more to reveal contradictions in Russia’s regional approach.
2016/08/31 | Edward White
Chechen Hand in Thailand Bombings, Expert Says
International terrorists had a hand in helping local insurgent groups carry out the recent spate of bombings in Thailand, one expert believes.
2016/08/24 | The Japan Times
OPINION: Japan's Stance on Nuclear Weapons 'Twisted'
Prime Minister Abe needs to show that Japan is serious about seeking a world free of nuclear weapons.
2016/08/20 | The Japan Times
OPINION: Putin's Very Good Summer
It is not clear if Vladimir Putin understands the limits of Russia's power or Western patience. A miscalculation of either could prove disastrous.
2016/08/16 | The Japan Times
OPINION: Abe's Wrong Call on Dispute over U.S. Air Base in Okinawa
The Abe administration should realize that a court battle won't bring about a positive resolution to the Okinawa base dispute.
2016/08/11 | The Japan Times
OP-ED: A Veneer of Legitimacy for Thailand
Thailand's new constitution locks in the role of the military as the guiding force in Thai politics.
2016/08/10 | TNL Staff
Vietnam Deploys ‘State-of-the-Art’ Rocket Launchers in S China Sea
Vietnam is reported to have moved a new Israel-made rocket launcher to five areas in the Spratlys.
2016/08/08 | TNL Staff
South China Sea Watch No. 6
An overview of the past week's key developments in the South China Sea.
2016/08/04 | Edward White
Thailand Referendum a ‘Vote at the Barrel of a Gun'
Politicians from around Southeast Asia have hit out at the constitutional referendum taking place in Thailand on Sunday.
2016/08/01 | Yuan-ling Liang
Patriotic Taiwanese Fishermen Face Punishment Upon Return from Taiping
A group of patriotic Taiwanese fishermen who landed on the disputed Taiping Island a week ago returned to Taiwan today, only to learn they may be punished.
2016/07/25 | Edward White
ANALYSIS: Is Asia’s Terrorism Threat Level Rising?
Experts take stock of an increase in terrorist activity in Southeast Asia during the holy month of Ramadan, and a new report reveals a high number of Chinese joining Islamic State.
2016/07/20 | J. Michael Cole
Visit to Taiping Island: An Exercise in Wastefulness and Futility
A bipartisan group of Taiwanese legislators headed for the South China Sea today to ‘defend’ the nation’s sovereignty. All of this is grandstanding and does nothing to protect Taiwan against external aggression.
2016/07/19 | Anna Beth Keim
[ESSAY] You Ask How Deeply I Love You
Kinmen Island, and the past and future of Sino-Taiwanese relations.
2016/07/13 | Bing-sheng Lee
Taiwanese Veterans Recruited as Chinese Spies
A Taiwanese army veteran has been giving confidential military information to Beijing’s spies while on business trips to China. Although the security breach is not major, authorities say the Chinese appear to be using new espionage tactics.
2016/07/13 | Edward White
South China Sea: How to Enforce the Tribunal Decision?
Enforcement of the international ruling in favor of the Philippines in the South China Sea dispute now depends on the international community, the lawyer representing the Philippines says.
2016/07/07 | The Japan Times
Dhaka Terrorist Attack a Reminder on 'Soft Targets'
The killings come as yet another reminder of the vulnerability of soft targets with lax security, as the Islamic State spreads terror across national borders.