How China’s actions at sea cause problems on land

How China’s actions at sea cause problems on land

By Bill Hayton
March 7, 2019
Too often analysts of the South China Sea disputes tend to treat them as somewhat abstract debates over different modes of global governance. We also need to see them as a clear and present danger to the livelihoods and standards of living of millions of people.
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Gray Zone Challenges in the East and South China Sea

Gray Zone Challenges in the East and South China Sea

By Lyle J. Morris
January 7, 2019
Gray zone tactics have fundamentally changed the operational environment in which the United States and Asian maritime countries operate. Yet these countries remain in the early stages of developing approaches that will better enable them to credibly deter Chinese coercion.
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The 10th South China Sea International Conference: Cooperation for Regional Security and Development

The 10th South China Sea International Conference: Cooperation for Regional Security and Development

December 13, 2018
The 10th International Conference on the South China Sea hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), the Foundation for East Sea Studies (FESS) and the Vietnam Lawyers’ Association (VLA) took place in Da Nang on 8-9 November, 2018.
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China's planned floating nuclear power facilities in South China Sea: Technical and Political Challenges

China's planned floating nuclear power facilities in South China Sea: Technical and Political Challenges

By Viet Phuong Nguyen
November 21, 2018
The operation of the fleet of Chinese floating nuclear power plants in the South China Sea carries with it numerous safety and security risks that may have widespread consequences to not only China but also to Southeast Asia and beyond.
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The EU's interest and policy towards  East Asia maritime security

The EU's interest and policy towards East Asia maritime security

By Alfred Gerstl
October 26, 2018
The EU is better suited to pursue its interests East Asia through the promotion of multilateral ocean governance and concrete collaboration measures.
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Crossing the Rubicon: Duterte, China  and Resource-Sharing in the South China Sea

Crossing the Rubicon: Duterte, China and Resource-Sharing in the South China Sea

By Richard Javad Heydarian
October 23, 2018
The only way for a Joint Development Agreement to push through is that Duterte would manage to amend the Philippine constitution, largely ignore his country’s arbitration award victory, and overcome deep-seated public antipathy towards resource-sharing agreements with China.  
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Hyper-nationalism is not the future

Hyper-nationalism is not the future

By Hoang Do
October 4, 2018
There is no easy solution to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, but boosting nationalism to the point of extremeness is not the answer.
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New Mahathir Administration's South China Sea Policy

New Mahathir Administration's South China Sea Policy

By Sumathy Permal
October 3, 2018
Malaysia’s approach on South China Sea under Mahathir may provide additional gain for ASEAN collectively, now that Malaysia can provide a strong voice in dealing with China on pushing for a legally binding COC.
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Announcement of the 10th South China Sea International Conference

Announcement of the 10th South China Sea International Conference

September 19, 2018
The Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), the Foundation for East Sea Studies (FESS), and the Vietnam Lawyers’ Association (VLA) are pleased to host the 10th South China Sea International Conference: “Cooperation for Regional Security and Development” on November 8-9, 2018 in ...
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A Japanese Perspective of South China Sea Order

A Japanese Perspective of South China Sea Order

By Hideshi Tokuchi
August 22, 2018
East Asia is a huge seascape. As a result, the sea’s connecting power is of a priceless importance to the entire region. The rules-based international maritime order is in everyone’s interest, including Japan.
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The South China Sea Conundrum

The South China Sea Conundrum

By Euan Graham
April 2, 2018
The South China Sea is not nearing resolution, nor has it been “lost”. Instead, the “conundrum” is moving into a different and more difficult phase. Although things appear calmer on the surface, the pace of strategic change is accelerating in an unfavourable ...
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U.S. Perspective on the South China Sea Order: Strategy Under the Trump Administration

U.S. Perspective on the South China Sea Order: Strategy Under the Trump Administration

By Colin Willet
March 22, 2018
While much of the day-to-day work of managing U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security interactions in Asia seems to have continued unchanged, this belies a very significant difference in the Trump Administration’s apparent view of how the United States should engage with ...
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ASEAN and Its Partners for Good Order at Sea: Problems and Proposals

ASEAN and Its Partners for Good Order at Sea: Problems and Proposals

By Le Dinh Tinh
February 5, 2018
This paper argues that only on a rule-based order enforced by appropriate measures can ASEAN and its partners achieve a peaceful and secure maritime environment that benefits all. To ensure safety and security amid the shifting balance of power and mounting ...
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Duterte’s Evolving South China Sea Policy

Duterte’s Evolving South China Sea Policy

By Aileen S.P. Baviera
January 25, 2018
Philippine policy on the South China Sea under Duterte is clearly still evolving, and efforts to seek a correct balance between a principled nationalist stand and more pragmatic objectives are bound to encounter many tests.
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Why ‘Good Order’ at Sea Matters

Why ‘Good Order’ at Sea Matters

By Abhijit Singh
January 10, 2018
As disputes have escalated into tit-for-tat actions at South China Sea and East Sea, including naval posturing and provocative land reclamation, regional states have sought to enhance ‘good order' by attempting to formalize a nautical ‘code of conduct’. Yet, strategic analysts have ...
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Viewing Maritime Forces Modernization in the Asia-Pacific in Perspective

Viewing Maritime Forces Modernization in the Asia-Pacific in Perspective

By Collin Koh Swee Lean
January 6, 2018
Maritime force buildup cannot be seen in quantitative terms only. In the foreseeable future, Asia-Pacific navies will continue to gravitate towards large, multi-role surface and subsurface platforms that exist in smaller numbers but being each vastly more superior than their older predecessors.
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The 9th South China Sea Conference: Cooperation for Regional Security and Development

The 9th South China Sea Conference: Cooperation for Regional Security and Development

December 4, 2017
The 9th International Conference on the South China Sea hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), the Foundation for East Sea Studies (FESS) and the Vietnam Lawyers’ Association (VLA) took place at Ho Chi Minh City on 27-28 November, 2017.
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A Third Way for the US in the South China Sea

A Third Way for the US in the South China Sea

By Vu Quang Tiep & Le Thu Ha
October 12, 2017
Washington should think beyond the dyad of containment and appeasement. The struggle for a rule-based order in South China Sea is enduring and comprehensive, which requires greater persistence and stronger engagements on the part of the US and other regional countries. 
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A South China Sea Code of Conduct: A hopeful reality or a hopeless falsity?

A South China Sea Code of Conduct: A hopeful reality or a hopeless falsity?

July 28, 2017
The Maritime Issues conducts a conversation with Southeast Asia-based experts on issues related to a Code of Conduct (COC) for the South China Sea.
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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

By Carlyle A. Thayer
July 18, 2017
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.
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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?

By Nguyen Thi Lan Anh
July 17, 2017
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.  
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The U.S. Naval Buildup and Asia under the Trump Administration

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

By Patrick M. Cronin
July 11, 2017
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 ...
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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?

By Christopher Roberts & Luc Anh Tuan
July 11, 2017
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 ...
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The South China Sea after the Arbitral Tribunal

The South China Sea after the Arbitral Tribunal

By Leszek Buszynski
June 26, 2017
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. 
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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

June 8, 2017
The Maritime Issues conducts an interview with Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow of Chatham House on issues related to the South China Sea.
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Asia-Pacific under the Trump administration

Asia-Pacific under the Trump administration

By Bonnie S. Glaser
May 3, 2017
The Maritime Issues conducts an interview with Bonnie S. Glaser, a senior adviser for Asia and the Director of the China Power Project at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on issues related to Asia-Pacific under Donald Trump's presidency. 
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China and the rules of engagement in Antarctica

China and the rules of engagement in Antarctica

By Julia Jabour
April 25, 2017
Chinese repudiation of the rule of law in the Philippines v. China case resulted in, among other things, speculation about the country’s perceived – or real – interests and activities in Antarctica, where Australia has significant investment, and where respecting the ...
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UNCLOS Institutions And Their Roles

UNCLOS Institutions And Their Roles

By Helmut Tuerk
February 28, 2017
The 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) established three institutions: the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).
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Prepare for a Stormy 2017 in the South China Sea

Prepare for a Stormy 2017 in the South China Sea

By Gregory Poling
January 17, 2017
The desire to see Chinese diplomatic softening as a sign of a new status quo is understandable, and it is important that the door be left open for Beijing to deescalate. But China’s recent behavior should be seen as the best ...
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The South China Sea:  A Challenging Test of the International Order

The South China Sea: A Challenging Test of the International Order

By Harry Krejsa
December 27, 2016
A central task of the rules-based international order is to address disputes equitably between states without resorting to force or coercion. This task is especially important when disputes involve states with stark power imbalances. In these cases the temptation to pressure ...
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