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 proffered differing interpretations of maritime ‘good order’
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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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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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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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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
December 31, 2016
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 issue should be managed in ...
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National Interests and the Role of Major and Middle Powers in the South China Sea: Australia’s Cautiously Calibrated Approach

National Interests and the Role of Major and Middle Powers in the South China Sea: Australia’s Cautiously Calibrated Approach

By Euan Graham
December 31, 2016
However vocally supportive Canberra is of the United States in the South China Sea, in an operational sense Australia has held back since Washington began its current freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs), in October 2015, shortly after Malcolm Turnbull took over ...
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De-combatising the Spratly Disputes

De-combatising the Spratly Disputes

By You Ji
December 31, 2016
The possibility of standoffs among the Spratly disputants and especially between China and the US may have increased with the ruling of the Arbitral Tribunal on 12 July 2016. The award has invalidated Beijing’s basis for Spratly patrols based on the ...
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Japan’s National Interests in the South China Sea: FON, the Rule of Law, and Nuclear Deterrence

Japan’s National Interests in the South China Sea: FON, the Rule of Law, and Nuclear Deterrence

By Tetsuo Kotani
December 29, 2016
The great geostrategist Nicholas Spykman once described the South China Sea as the ‘Asiatic Mediterranean’ to emphasise its importance in Asian geopolitics. Just as the Roman Empire sought control over the Mediterranean and the United States over the Caribbean in pursuit ...
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State Transformation and Chinese Actions in the South China Sea

State Transformation and Chinese Actions in the South China Sea

By Shahar Hameiri & Lee Jones
December 29, 2016
Chinese actions in the South China Sea (SCS) have been closely observed by analysts in recent years. Many incidents indicate the implementation of a strategy for the expansion of Chinese control over the disputed waters. These include clashes involving fishing and ...
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Rebalancing: Vietnam’s South China Sea Challenges and Responses

Rebalancing: Vietnam’s South China Sea Challenges and Responses

By Tran Truong Thuy
December 27, 2016
The South China Sea persists as the leading security and development challenge for Vietnam. In Hanoi’s view, the situation in the South China Sea affects almost all aspects of national security and development: protecting territorial integrity and national sovereignty; promoting maritime economic ...
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The Military–Strategic Situation in and around the South China Sea

The Military–Strategic Situation in and around the South China Sea

By Richard A. Bitzinger
December 22, 2016
The nations surrounding the South China Sea (SCS) now constitute a leading consumer of arms, and increasingly some of the most modern and most advanced armaments are finding their way into the inventories of Asian militaries. As a result, many Asian-Pacific ...
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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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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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National Interests and the Role of Major and Middle Powers in the South China Sea: The Case of Indonesia

National Interests and the Role of Major and Middle Powers in the South China Sea: The Case of Indonesia

By Shafiah Muhibat
November 14, 2016
As long as the Indonesian government continues its “inward looking” policies, there is little chance there would be a dramatic change in its foreign policy towards the South China Sea.
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Four Visions of US Strategy on China

Four Visions of US Strategy on China

By Zack Cooper & Jake Douglas
November 14, 2016
This paper discusses these four different schools of thought on US policy regarding China.
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Maritime Security in Southeast Asia - An Appraisal

Maritime Security in Southeast Asia - An Appraisal

By Ab. Rahim Hussin, Jalila Abdul Jali, lMohamad Zulariff Abdullah
November 14, 2016
As opposed to the definition of military security which relates to the security of a state and its people, maritime security covers a wider range to include maritime terrorism, people smuggling, narcotics trafficking, smuggling of goods, piracy, transnational crime, as well ...
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