China’s Coast Guard Law: Japan’s Legal Approach

China’s Coast Guard Law: Japan’s Legal Approach

China announced its new Coast Guard Law containing worrisome provisions that need further clarification. Japan, a prominent claimant in the East China Sea, feels threatened by this law.  
Major power competition in the South China Sea and 
Southeast Asian responses

Major power competition in the South China Sea and 
Southeast Asian responses

Major power competition, particularly the growing Sino-US multi-faceted rivalry characterized global politics in 2020. The South China Sea featured prominently in this rivalry in 2020.
Will German ship’s South China Sea presence undermine regional security as China says?

Will German ship’s South China Sea presence undermine regional security as China says?

Germany's plan to deploy naval ship in the Indo-Pacific does not change its neutral position in the South China Sea dispute, is a careful practice of international law, and therefore will not erode regional stability nor any littoral country's sovereignty as China might have suggested.
Indonesian Awakening: No South China Sea Negotiation with China

Indonesian Awakening: No South China Sea Negotiation with China

Any country that does not make a drastic response to the Chinese claims right from the start, will one day become a victim.
U.S. joins the battle of South China Sea diplomatic notes

U.S. joins the battle of South China Sea diplomatic notes

The US communication added a voice to the common position of Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia on consideration of UNCLOS as the sole legal basis for defining, in a comprehensive and exhaustive manner, the scope of their respective maritime entitlements in the South China Sea.

China’s Coast Guard Law: Japan’s Legal Approach

China announced its new Coast Guard Law containing worrisome provisions that need further clarification. Japan, a ...

Major power competition in the South China Sea and 
Southeast Asian responses

Major power competition, particularly the growing Sino-US multi-faceted rivalry characterized global politics in 2020. The South ...

Will German ship’s South China Sea presence undermine regional security as China says?

Germany's plan to deploy naval ship in the Indo-Pacific does not change its neutral position in ...

Indonesian Awakening: No South China Sea Negotiation with China

Any country that does not make a drastic response to the Chinese claims right from the ...

U.S. joins the battle of South China Sea diplomatic notes

The US communication added a voice to the common position of Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia ...

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

Assessing China’s Crop Success in the South China Sea

Assessing China’s Crop Success in the South China Sea

By Hoang Do
China recently announced that it had successfully cultivated vegetables on Woody Island to meet food demand. But this crop serves more than a nutritional purpose.

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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