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 rules of engagement with international law is paramount.
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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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Implications of the July 2016 Arbitral Tribunal Ruling

Implications of the July 2016 Arbitral Tribunal Ruling

By Nguyen Dang Thang
December 22, 2016
For a considerable time now efforts to manage disputes and promote cooperation in the South China Sea have been inhibited by the lack of an equitably defined geography of disputed and non-disputed maritime zones in the South China Sea. The Award ...
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Maritime Cooperation and Ocean Governance

Maritime Cooperation and Ocean Governance

By Hasjim Djalal
November 29, 2016
This article primarily looks at the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to give content to the notions of maritime cooperation and ocean governance. It indicates certain areas of tension and specifically focusses on the South China Sea ...
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The South China Sea Arbitration: No, It’s Not a PCA Ruling

The South China Sea Arbitration: No, It’s Not a PCA Ruling

By Tetsuo Kotani
November 17, 2016
On July 12, 2016, an award in the arbitration case between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea was announced, which denied China’s “historic rights” in the South China Sea. As the award was released by the Permanent Court ...
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The geopolitics of US-China naval rivalry in the Western Pacific

The geopolitics of US-China naval rivalry in the Western Pacific

By Leszek Buszynski
November 14, 2016
For China, naval strategy is a means to force the US to adjust its geopolitical position in the Western Pacific to accommodate its rise.  The Chinese intention is to edge the US out of the Western Pacific and to dislodge it ...
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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
November 14, 2016
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 and have embraced China. 
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The Southeast Asia Claimant States, ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute

The Southeast Asia Claimant States, ASEAN and the South China Sea Dispute

By Carlyle A. Thayer
November 14, 2016
ASEAN needs to address both internal issues affecting its unity and cohesion, and external issues relating to its relations with China and other dialogue partners on South China Sea issues.
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Unreliable evidence and the South China Sea problem

Unreliable evidence and the South China Sea problem

By Bill Hayton
November 15, 2016
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. 
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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
November 15, 2016
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. 
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India as a Middle Power in the South China Sea Dispute

India as a Middle Power in the South China Sea Dispute

By Darshana M. Baruah
November 14, 2016
This paper examines India’s approach towards the South China Sea dispute and the role it can play as a middle power in the region.
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