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

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

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

China's Maritime Militia: A Legal Point of View

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.
Philippine Fulcrum

Philippine Fulcrum

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.
Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

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 still the best option to avoid deterioration of the conflict for now and the years to come.
Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea

Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea

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.

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

Though recent allegations raise more questions than they provide answers, they should reinforce the need for ...

China's Maritime Militia: A Legal Point of View

The international community should better understand how potential aggressors can leverage the ambiguity for low-level armed ...

Philippine Fulcrum

To strengthen its position in the Philippines and thus in the first island chain, the United ...

Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

As it might be difficult for China and the Philippines to defend their official claims over ...

Malaysia’s New Game in the South China Sea

The submission by Malaysia represents a positive step forward for coastal states in the SCS to ...

Follow the Leaders

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
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 ...

Flashpoints

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
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 ...

The History Reader

Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

Scarborough Shoal: Debunking Historical Myths

By Ulises Granados
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 ...

The Energy Watcher

Pondering Chinese actions in Vanguard Bank

Pondering Chinese actions in Vanguard Bank

By Swee Lean Collin Koh
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 ...

Book review

 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
James Kraska and Raul Pedrozo's book is a timely piece of scholarship to facilitate greater understanding about freedom of navigation from American perspective.

Working Papers

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
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 ...

Expert Interview

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?

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.

Commentary

Philippine Fulcrum

Philippine Fulcrum

By Aaron Kelly, Michael Tkacik
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.

Popcasts

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.

MDA/MSA

The Marine Track track of Vessel WANG111111 (MMSI 574811111)

The Marine Track track of Vessel WANG111111 (MMSI 574811111)

This is the track of the movement of the Vessel WANG111111 (MMSI 574811111), carrying Vietnamese designation AIS signals, but suspected as a Chinese ship. 
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