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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?

2019/03/15 | The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

ANALYSIS: Major Issues Linger in the US-Philippines Security Alliance

A recent visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clarified the US position on defending the Philippines, but questions remain over the longstanding security alliance.

2019/01/28 | The Interpreter

China's 'Dark Fishing Fleets' Cast a Black Shadow Over the South China Sea

The 'maritime militia' narrative is being overemphasized at the expense of very real problems, writes Zhang Hongzhou.

2018/11/20 |

Bump & Grind: How a US-China Naval Dispute Might Escalate

Are a Chinese navy ship's recent dangerous maneuvers close to a US navy destroyer in the South China Sea a prelude to further attempts to deter freedom of navigation operations through deliberate collisions at sea?

2018/10/21 | Taiwan Insight

The Taiwan Coast Guard's South China Sea Challenge

Taiwan is bulking up its coast guard, but the scope of ROC territory necessitates some tough decisions for its commanders.

2018/10/11 | Taiwan Insight

ANALYSIS: Here's Why the ROC Agrees with the PRC in the South China Sea

The ROC maintains its claims in the South China Sea based on a historical connection to a country it has been separated from since 1949.