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2017/08/29 | WEI-CHIN LEE

Can We Crack a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea

Coming to an agreement on a legally-binding Code of Conduct for the South China Sea will be a challenging task.

2017/08/24 | Kerry Brown

China's New Point Man on North Korea Faces Uphill Battle

'Never before has North Korea been more troubling, its nuclear program seemingly more successful than anyone suspected, and the country well on the way, under the maverick young leader Kim Jong-un, to being able to deliver nuclear-loaded ballistics to US assets,' writes Kerry Brown.

2017/08/24 | DAVID BREWSTER &ANTHONY BERGIN

Deconstructing China’s Indian Ocean Power Play

China’s new military base could be the first step in the country dramatically increasing its military presence in the Indian Ocean, David Brewster and Anthony Bergin write.

2017/08/23 | Andrew O'Neil

North Korea's Rudimentary Nuclear Command-and-Control Systems are Dangerous

Nuclear war would be a disaster for the North Korean people and would almost certainly lead to the destruction of the Kim Jong-un regime.

2017/08/19 | Mong Palatino

TV Network Pays the Price in Thailand for Calling Leader 'Dictator'

Thailand’s army grabbed power in 2014 and has remained in power through a constitution it drafted. The country's media struggles to challenge those in power.

2017/08/17 | Andreas Harsono

Jokowi Has a Political Prisoner Problem

Indonesia can’t claim to be a democratic, progressive state while still locking up citizens for merely expressing their rights of freedom of expression and association.

2017/08/14 | Andreas Rupprecht

China's 'Silver-Bullet' in the Sky: The PLA Bomber Force

Over the last 10 years the PLAAF has rapidly improved its capabilities not only by the introduction of new and more capable types but also by structural changes, training, and doctrine. However, compared to the other services, the PLAAF still lacks a real ability to project power far from its borders.

2017/08/10 | Peter Wood

Why Djibouti Matters: China Sends Troops to First Permanent Base Abroad

The Djibouti support base is likely just the first of many as China improves its ability to protect the trade routes that form the vital arteries of its economy.

2017/08/09 | Renny Babiarz.

China’s Expanding Nuclear Submarine Force

China’s emergent sea-based nuclear deterrent is one part of a much broader expansion of China’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

2017/08/08 | Marcel Angliviel de la Beaumelle

China's 'Magic Weapon': The United Front Work Department

While most observers have focused on united front work in Taiwan, the scope of the department’s mission is both foreign and domestic.

2017/08/07 | Sam Bateman

How to Respond to Chinese Spy Ships

While it’s fair to describe the deployment of the Chinese ‘spy ship’ to Australia’s EEZ as unfriendly, other factors should be considered before considering what it means for Australian policy

2017/08/04 | Leif-Eric Easley

Can South Korea's 'Dream Team' Make Ground on North Korean Crisis?

Inter-Korean rapprochement is a worthy pursuit, but the Moon administration is right not to sacrifice UN resolutions and US alliance coordination in the process.

2017/08/02 | Brad Adams

OPINION: Urgent Investigation Needed into Shocking Abduction of Thai Activist in Laos

Wuthipong was put in a car and driven away to an unknown location while his wife and his friend were left at the scene

2017/08/01 | John Hemmings

Should the Five Eyes Coordinate on Chinese Tech Investment?

We need to be realistic about Beijing’s own industrial goals and objectives and the nature of its investment strategy, writes John Hemmings.

2017/08/01 | Andrej Zwitter

Who is Winning the Artificial Intelligence Arms Race?

Cyberspace is now a territory where politics, economics, and foreign affairs are all contested – and Internet bots driven by artificial intelligence have emerged as key new actors, Andrej Zwitter writes.