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The Hague Rules, China Reacts

The Hague Rules, China Reacts

On July 12, an international tribunal in The Hague issued a scathing rebuttal to China’s expansive claims. What has been Beijing’s reaction so far?

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Myanmar: Conversing in the Streets of Yangon

Myanmar: Conversing in the Streets of Yangon

Talking to locals in Burmese coffee shops reveals optimism about Myanmar’s future and its fledgling relationship with the West.

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The Hague’s Ruling and its Ramifications

The Hague’s Ruling and its Ramifications

In recent weeks, incidents of bad behavior by Chinese tourists in Vietnam have widely circulated on social media and been reported by Vietnamese news media.

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Triumphalism in Wake of Court’s South China Sea Ruling is Futile

Triumphalism in Wake of Court’s South China Sea Ruling is Futile

The Permanent Court of Arbitration’s verdict will have little weight in Beijing’s strategic considerations in the South China Sea.

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The Hague Issues Ruling on South China Sea

The Hague Issues Ruling on South China Sea

An international tribunal in The Hague has ruled that China’s expansive claim to sovereignty over waters in the South China Sea had no legal basis.

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The Company Behind Vietnam’s Largest Environmental Disaster

The Company Behind Vietnam’s Largest Environmental Disaster

With tons of dead fish continuing to wash ashore, hundreds of Vietnamese gathered for peaceful protests in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in April and May.

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China Extends Propaganda Efforts Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

China Extends Propaganda Efforts Ahead of South China Sea Ruling

Ahead of an expected unfavorable ruling for China in the South China Sea, Beijing has been rallying both international and domestic support to its cause.

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U.S. Must Fix Its Economy to Effectively Counter China

U.S. Must Fix Its Economy to Effectively Counter China

To succeed in its global game against China, the U.S. must recognize the importance of economics in any nation’s foreign policy stance.

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Shell Game: China Plays Legal Trick to Delay Ruling

Shell Game: China Plays Legal Trick to Delay Ruling

Prior to the Hague’s ruling on the dispute between Beijing and the Manila in the South China Sea, Chinese media announced a “legal challenge” to the case.

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Beijing Claims Wide Support in Dispute with Manila

Beijing Claims Wide Support in Dispute with Manila

A court in the Hague is due to issue this month a ruling on a case against China brought by the Philippines over maritime territory in the South China Sea.

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Ambiguity Plagues the Shangri-La Dialogue

Ambiguity Plagues the Shangri-La Dialogue

The South China Sea played a prominent role at the Shangri-La Dialogue. However, ambiguity on several issues might prolong these very same tensions.

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Is Malaysia Reconsidering its Special Relationship with China?

Is Malaysia Reconsidering its Special Relationship with China?

Despite previous aggressive actions by Chinese vessels, Malaysia has ignored them, not wishing to disturb its trade and investment relationships with China.

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U.S. Sends Mixed Messages about Human Rights in Vietnam

U.S. Sends Mixed Messages about Human Rights in Vietnam

While Obama spoke of the need for Vietnam to improve its human rights record, lifting of an arms embargo showed there are other considerations in play.

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Obama Lifts Arms Embargo on Vietnam

Obama Lifts Arms Embargo on Vietnam

Despite concerns human rights violations in Vietnam, Obama opted to fully lift the arms embargo on lethal military equipment during his recent visit.

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U.S. Must Still Compete with Russia for Vietnam’s Affections

U.S. Must Still Compete with Russia for Vietnam’s Affections

The U.S. decision to lift its arms embargo against Vietnam must factor in Russian rivalry and regional economic considerations.

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