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2022/06/06 | The Interpreter

A Flare up in China’s Deliberate Pattern of Aggression

The intercept of an Australian patrol over the South China Sea escalates a “grey zone” conflict to a dangerous level.

2022/05/16 | The Interpreter

What a Marcos Jr Presidency in the Philippines Means for Geopolitics

The Philippines might be Asia’s oldest democracy, but the continued appetite for strongman rule demonstrates a deep ambivalence about liberal democracy’s promises of political equality and rule of law and the likely continuation of the public’s acceptance of the autocratic practices that characterized Duterte’s presidency.

2022/05/12 | Deutsche Welle

How Russia and China Exploit History to Further Their Interests

The arbitrariness in the way they deal with their own national history helps Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin secure power and justify their policies.

2021/09/13 | Voice of America

Why China Would Give More Aid, Investment To Leery Philippines

Manila vies with Beijing over access to the disputed South China Sea and has warmed this year toward the United States.

2021/09/01 | The Interpreter

Deliberate Ambiguity Of China’s New ‘Territorial Waters’ Declaration

A hastily introduced regulation requiring vessels to register may be contrary to the rights of innocent passage.

2021/08/25 | Voice of America

Harris Says China Coercing, Intimidating in South China Sea 

U.S. vice president, Kamala Harris, cited Chinese intimidation in the South China Sea along with a need to maintain freedom of navigation and commerce as the main focus moving forward.

2021/08/11 | Voice of America

China’s Likely Responses to European and Indian Warships in Sea it Calls its Own

In response to challenges to their claim on the disputed South China Sea, Chinese authorities may tail foreign vessels, protest verbally and target other countries one by one, analysts suggest

2021/07/26 | Voice of America

US Defense Secretary Heads to Southeast Asia

US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, aims to unify allies concerned by China’s growing military abilities as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to cripple the region

2021/06/10 | Voice of America

Why Malaysia, Normally Calm, Is Upset With China Over a Maritime Dispute

Malaysian officials protested formally over 16 Chinese aircraft flown near the Southeast Asian country and, days later, sighted a Chinese coast guard vessel.

2021/04/26 | Voice of America

Pan-Southeast Asian Agreement Aims To Stop Spillover of Myanmar Violence

Association of Southeast Asian Nations issues five-point consensus calling for ‘immediate cessation’ of violence in Myanmar and ‘utmost restraint’ by all parties.

2020/12/18 | East Asia Forum

ASEAN in the Driver’s Seat in the South China Sea

After decade-long disputes, what can we expect to see in South China Sea in the upcoming year?

2020/12/01 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing To See Here”

China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.

2020/11/16 | Voice of America

Amid China Tensions, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam Pin Hopes on Biden

Based on his record as vice president, scholars say Biden can be expected to put more emphasis on diplomacy, rather than the sort of military moves favored by President Donald Trump.

2020/06/11 | Voice of America

China Uses Cabbage to Advance Disputed Asian Sea Claim

The Chinese navy has just harvested crops it had grown on Woody Island in the South China Sea. This could be used as proof of China’s economic activity on the disputed territory.

2019/12/06 | East Asia Forum

Vietnam Confronts China’s Maritime Interference

Vietnam has publicly condemned China’s increasingly aggressive maritime intrusion on several occasions while its ASEAN partners are pursuing quiet diplomacy.

2019/06/28 | Michael Beltran

Not so Strong Man: Duterte Buckles Under Chinese Pressure Amid Maritime Row

Officials in the Philippines initially came on strong demanding China be sanctioned for an incident at Recto Bank, while Duterte kept his lips sealed. Days later Duterte finally dismissed the whole thing as 'a little maritime accident' and the administration fell in line, much to the ire of citizens. But — asks Michael Beltran — who is pulling whose strings here?