Vietnam’s increasing Naval Diplomacy and future Possibilities

Vietnam’s increasing Naval Diplomacy and future Possibilities

By Tomas Jevsejevas
May 20, 2020
Vietnam is advancing Naval Diplomacy, and it could do much more.
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Viet Nam’s Note Verbale No.22/HC-2020: A Commentary

Viet Nam’s Note Verbale No.22/HC-2020: A Commentary

By Vo Ngoc Diep
May 7, 2020
The note seems to indicate, for the first time, an official Vietnamese position on the legal status of all high-tide features in both the Spratly and Paracel Islands. It implies that all high-tide features in the Spratly Islands, as well as in ...
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Concert of Indo-Pacific: An Option for Peace and Order in the East Asian Seas

Concert of Indo-Pacific: An Option for Peace and Order in the East Asian Seas

By Thuc D. Pham
May 6, 2020
Suggestions for lasting peace in the South China Sea and beyond need to incorporate small and medium states as well.
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The “Four-Sha” Claim:  Signalling a Post Covid-19 Global Order

The “Four-Sha” Claim: Signalling a Post Covid-19 Global Order

By Nguyen Thi Lan Anh
April 29, 2020
"Four-Sha" is a lens through which Chinese long-term ambitious claims over the South China Sea is fully exposed.  The current global health crisis provides a window of opportunity for the realisation of Chinese lofty hegemonic dream. While the international community may ...
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Extended Continental Shelf: A Renewed South China Sea Competition

Extended Continental Shelf: A Renewed South China Sea Competition

By Nguyen Hong Thao
April 19, 2020
The 2019 Malaysian partial CLCS submission renewed the legal exchanges over the South China Sea. Most of the claimants, except China and Brunei, through their statements and actions, expressed acceptance and support for the 2016 Tribunal Award.   
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A Short History of China’s Fishing Militia  and What it May Tell Us

A Short History of China’s Fishing Militia and What it May Tell Us

By Derek Grossman and Logan Ma
April 6, 2020
If history is a good indication of what to expect in the future, then Beijing is likely to double down on the Maritime Militia in virtually any scenario imaginable. That means it should be a force to be reckoned in the ...
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Did Vietnam’s Maritime Militia Really Swarm a China Military Base

Did Vietnam’s Maritime Militia Really Swarm a China Military Base

By Do Thanh Hai
March 18, 2020
Though recent allegations raise more questions than they provide answers, they should reinforce the need for greater transparency in the South China Sea.
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China's Maritime Militia: A Legal Point of View

China's Maritime Militia: A Legal Point of View

By Koki Sato
March 12, 2020
The international community should better understand how potential aggressors can leverage the ambiguity for low-level armed attack or aggression and be prepared to clearly identify it as an internationally wrongful act.
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Philippine Fulcrum

Philippine Fulcrum

By Aaron Kelly, Michael Tkacik
January 23, 2020
To strengthen its position in the Philippines and thus in the first island chain, the United States must achieve two key goals: diversify its diplomatic engagement with Manila and coordinate military resources and strategy.
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Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

By Ulises Granados
December 22, 2019
As it might be difficult for China and the Philippines to defend their official claims over Scarborough as their own territory before the 20th century in an international court, both countries should engage in constructive negotiations over joint development. This is ...
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Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea

Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea

By Nguyen Hong Thao
December 21, 2019
The submission by Malaysia represents a positive step forward for coastal states in the SCS to clarify their claims and seriously discuss maritime delimitation in accordance with UNCLOS and the interpretation of its article 121 (3) by the 2016 Tribunal Award.
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Vietnam confronts China in the South China Sea

Vietnam confronts China in the South China Sea

By Do Thanh Hai
December 6, 2019
As Vietnam stands its ground and attests to the legitimacy of its claims in public, the ball is in Beijing’s court to decide whether China wants to be a responsible emerging power.
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25th Anniversary of UNCLOS 1982 and  its Implementation in Vietnam

25th Anniversary of UNCLOS 1982 and its Implementation in Vietnam

By Nguyen Hong Thao
November 26, 2019
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is one of the most important achievements of international law and the UN in the 20th century and continues to assert its role as the "Constitution of the Seas and ...
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Nightmare Scenario in the South China Sea: Japan’s Perspective

Nightmare Scenario in the South China Sea: Japan’s Perspective

By Satoru Nagao
September 12, 2019
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe worried that the South China Sea might become a ‘Lake Beijing,’ ... a sea deep enough for PLA navy to base their nuclear-powered attack submarines, capable of launching missiles with nuclear warheads. 
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Why Vanguard Bank and Why Now?  Explaining Chinese Behavior in the South China Sea

Why Vanguard Bank and Why Now? Explaining Chinese Behavior in the South China Sea

By Derek Grossman
August 16, 2019
Beijing may be probing the durability of deepening U.S.-Vietnam military-to-military relations. Vietnam has harbored serious questions about the sustainability of U.S. security commitments to allies, let alone what a “free and open” Indo-Pacific Strategy means for U.S. partners. China’s seizure of ...
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Coercive tactics: China, Turkey and International Law

Coercive tactics: China, Turkey and International Law

By Constantinos Yiallourides
August 9, 2019
Energy exploration by China and Turkey within the national waters of other nations is contrary to international law – it is upon the international community to steer recalcitrant states towards obedience.  
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The South China Sea Arbitral Award: Not ‘Just a Piece of Paper’

The South China Sea Arbitral Award: Not ‘Just a Piece of Paper’

By Lan Nguyen
August 7, 2019
As long as the claimant states continue to stand up to China’s excessive claims and defend their legitimate claims endorsed by the arbitral award, and as long as other states around the world do not turn a blind eye to the ...
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The ASEAN’s Achilles Heel: Institutional Deficit and Leadership Vacuum Amid China’s South China Sea Aggression

The ASEAN’s Achilles Heel: Institutional Deficit and Leadership Vacuum Amid China’s South China Sea Aggression

By Richard Javad Heydarian
August 2, 2019
ASEAN, long billed as the most successful model of regional integration in the post-colonial world, has become increasingly powerless in constraining Beijing’s emaciation of a regional rules-based order driven by principles of non-aggression, conflict-avoidance, and liberal multilateralism. 
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China’s Misstep in the South China Sea

China’s Misstep in the South China Sea

By Luc Anh Tuan
July 24, 2019
While China can gain some ground in short term by flexing its muscle, it would risk greater backlash from its neighbors and collective actions from the international community in the long run. China should not interpret regional countries’ patience and restraint ...
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Pondering Chinese actions in Vanguard Bank

Pondering Chinese actions in Vanguard Bank

By Swee Lean Collin Koh
July 22, 2019
Unless there is a firm international response against Chinese actions in Vanguard Bank, there could be similar repeats in the coming years simply because Beijing realises to its glee that coercion pays. It will thereby embolden not only China, but other ...
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 The Free Sea: The American Fight for Freedom of Navigation (Book Review)

The Free Sea: The American Fight for Freedom of Navigation (Book Review)

By Vo Ngoc Diep
April 8, 2019
James Kraska and Raul Pedrozo's book is a timely piece of scholarship to facilitate greater understanding about freedom of navigation from American perspective.
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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 ...
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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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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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