ASEAN’S Long March to a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

ASEAN’S Long March to a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

If the past is prologue, China’s disregard for the Award and its continual militarization of its features in the South China Sea means that ASEAN’s Long March for a COC will remain a protracted one.
The South China Sea one year after Arbitral Award:  The Calm before the Storm?

The South China Sea one year after Arbitral Award: The Calm before the Storm?

Although the South China Sea award has brought much clarity to the scope of the disputes and opened possibilities for peaceful dispute management, the situation in the South China Sea in the past year tends to tell a different story.  
The U.S. Naval Buildup and Asia under the Trump Administration

The U.S. Naval Buildup and Asia under the Trump Administration

Recognizing the enduring importance of maritime power, President Donald Trump pledged to rebuild the U.S. armed forces in general and the navy in particular. As a result, in 2017, the United States is focused a new on international cooperation backed by strong naval power. 
Shangri-La Dialogue 2017: the South China Sea and the end of a Rules-Based Order?

Shangri-La Dialogue 2017: the South China Sea and the end of a Rules-Based Order?

A key focal point of discussions at the June 2017 Shangri-La Dialogue (Security Summit) in Singapore was China and its actions in the South China Sea. Both the opening keynote address and the first two plenary sessions implicitly and/or explicitly responded to Beijing’s construction and militarisation of artificial islands in the area and, for this purpose, placed a significant amount of emphasis on the need to maintain a rules-based order. 
The South China Sea after the Arbitral Tribunal

The South China Sea after the Arbitral Tribunal

Without law to support its position, Beijing would resort to power to demonstrate control over the South China Sea, not only to exclude external powers such as the US but to intimidate the ASEAN claimants into an acknowledgement of Chinese sovereignty. 

ASEAN’S Long March to a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea

If the past is prologue, China’s disregard for the Award and its continual militarization of its ...

The South China Sea one year after Arbitral Award: The Calm before the Storm?

Although the South China Sea award has brought much clarity to the scope of the disputes ...

The U.S. Naval Buildup and Asia under the Trump Administration

Recognizing the enduring importance of maritime power, President Donald Trump pledged to rebuild the U.S. armed ...

Shangri-La Dialogue 2017: the South China Sea and the end of a Rules-Based Order?

A key focal point of discussions at the June 2017 Shangri-La Dialogue (Security Summit) in Singapore ...

The South China Sea after the Arbitral Tribunal

Without law to support its position, Beijing would resort to power to demonstrate control over the ...

Follow the Leaders

Philippine Military Pursues Territorial Defense Goals despite Rapprochement between the Philippines and China

Philippine Military Pursues Territorial Defense Goals despite Rapprochement between the Philippines and China

By Renato Cruz De Castro
President Rodrigo Duterte’s high profile state visit to Beijing in October 2017 led analysts, observers, and decision-makers all over East Asia to conclude the Philippines have turned away from its traditional treaty ally, the United States ...

Flashpoints

The East China Sea: Chinese Efforts to Establish a “New Normal” and Prospects for Peaceful Management

The East China Sea: Chinese Efforts to Establish a “New Normal” and Prospects for Peaceful Management

By Tetsuo Kotani
As the world turns its attention from Chinese militarization of the South China Sea islets to North Korean nuclear and missile provocations, China is making every effort to establish a “new normal” in the East China ...

The History Reader

Unreliable evidence and the South China Sea problem

Unreliable evidence and the South China Sea problem

By Bill Hayton
A review of the verifiable evidence tells a different history about the islands in the South China Sea than that found in the most of the commonly used reference texts. 

The Energy Watcher

Joint Development in the South China Sea:  Lessons from the Past and Future Prospect

Joint Development in the South China Sea: Lessons from the Past and Future Prospect

By Yanmei Xie
The South China Sea is often said to be rich in hydrocarbon reserves, although most of the deposits are unconfirmed, due in part to the multiple claims laid over them by several coastal economies. 

Book review

Strategic Reassuarance and Resolve: U.S.- China Relations in the 21st Century

Strategic Reassuarance and Resolve: U.S.- China Relations in the 21st Century

By Trang Thuy Le
As professional foreign policy makers and analysts with profound experience on and close observation of US-China relations, James Steinberg and Michael O’Hanlon have provided a relatively generalized strategic perspective about as well as detailed and practical ...

Working Papers

Middle Powers and  the South China Sea: Time to Step Up, or Step Out?

Middle Powers and the South China Sea: Time to Step Up, or Step Out?

By Andrew O’Neil
The decision in July 2016 by a special tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration to dismiss the legitimacy of China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea has raised significant questions about how this ...

Expert Interview

Interview with Bill Hayton on the South China Sea in the post-ruling period

Interview with Bill Hayton on the South China Sea in the post-ruling period

The Maritime Issues conducts an interview with Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow of Chatham House on issues related to the South China Sea.

Commentary

China’s ‘New Thinking’ of the East China Sea Dispute

China’s ‘New Thinking’ of the East China Sea Dispute

By Jian Zhang
Recent developments in the East China Sea foreshadow a long-term trend of confrontation between the two great Asian powers which, if not properly managed, could upset regional stability in a catastrophic manner.

Videos

Fostering Cooperation in the South China Sea (Special session for Representatives from SCS Young Leaders’ Group)

Fostering Cooperation in the South China Sea (Special session for Representatives from SCS Young Leaders’ Group)

Since 2015, this annual South China Sea Conference series has initiated the Young Leaders Program, which has attracted a dozen of bright young scholars and PhD candidates from many countries to come and discuss ways to ...

Podcast

China’s Maritime Silk Road – A Vietnamese Perspective

China’s Maritime Silk Road – A Vietnamese Perspective

By Vu Truong
In the upcoming conversation with the Maritime Issues, Dr. Vu Truong, Director of the Center for International Studies, HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, will help us to know more about this important initiative ...
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