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South China Sea

Hanoi Halts Protest Over Disputed Islands

Hanoi Halts Protest Over Disputed Islands

Vietnam and China pledged to settle disputes and to work toward a code of conduct for maritime operations after Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Beijing.

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Sean Spicer on the South China Sea

Sean Spicer on the South China Sea

Comments from White House spokesman Sean Spicer on the South China Sea seem to have riled the Chinese and confused others who follow developments in the region.

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On the South China Sea, Tillerson Suggests Going All In on a Losing Hand

On the South China Sea, Tillerson Suggests Going All In on a Losing Hand

What makes Tillerson’s bellicosity even more absurd is that the U.S. position in the South China Sea has never been weaker.

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Vietnam Hedging by Dredging in the South China Sea

Vietnam Hedging by Dredging in the South China Sea

Hanoi has been actively fortifying its key holdings in the Spratlys, including the construction of a runway, tunnels and bunkers to defend its territory against China.

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Mad Dog Mattis on China

Mad Dog Mattis on China

Many are wondering how the nomination of General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the new Secretary of Defense will influence future U.S.-China relations.

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Duterte’s Friendly Visit to Vietnam

Duterte’s Friendly Visit to Vietnam

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte latest rants have caused international concern, resulting in capital flight and drops in the stockmarket and currency.

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The Philippines’ Improved Russian and Chinese Ties Increase Leverage with U.S.

The Philippines’ Improved Russian and Chinese Ties Increase Leverage with U.S.

By seeking to improve ties with both China and Russia, the Philippines aims to enhance its bargaining position with the U.S.

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Prof. Toshi Yoshihara on the Hague’s Ruling Against China’s Claims

Prof. Toshi Yoshihara on the Hague’s Ruling Against China’s Claims

In the fourth installment of the virtual roundtable, Prof. Toshi Yoshihara discusses U.S.-China relations, in the light of the Hague’s court ruling.

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The South China Sea Dispute: Should China denounce the UNCLOS?

The South China Sea Dispute: Should China denounce the UNCLOS?

When the result of the arbitration on the South China Sea dispute was announced, the Chinese government and the public reacted strongly.

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Did Hanoi just Deploy Rocket Launchers in the South China Sea?

Did Hanoi just Deploy Rocket Launchers in the South China Sea?

A recent report appears to suggest that Vietnam has placed rocket launchers on five bases in the Spratly Islands, pointing them toward Chinese facilities.

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Bonnie Glaser on the Security Dimensions of the U.S.-China Relations

Bonnie Glaser on the Security Dimensions of the U.S.-China Relations

In the third installment of the virtual roundtable, Bonnie Glaser discusses the security dimensions of the U.S.-China Relations.

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Amb. Kishore Mahbubani on U.S.-China Relations

Amb. Kishore Mahbubani on U.S.-China Relations

In the first installment of this 6-part virtual roundtable, Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani, gauges the ‘temperature’ of U.S.-China relations.

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Beijing Slices Sushi over Disputed Islands

Beijing Slices Sushi over Disputed Islands

Last week, some 200 Chinese fishing boats were escorted by 13 coast guard vessels to waters just off Japanese-controlled islands claimed by both countries.

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Will Hanoi go to The Hague?

Will Hanoi go to The Hague?

Now that an arbitral court in The Hague has ruled in favor of Manila over Beijing’s claims to the South China Sea, will Hanoi be next?

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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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