Foreign Policy Blogs

South China Sea

Tillerson Gives Beijing Face

Tillerson Gives Beijing Face

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concluded his visit to China earlier this month, pledging that relations between the two countries would be based on “non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation.”

read more

H.R. McMaster on China

H.R. McMaster on China

McMaster drew parallels between Russia’s activities on its borders with similar Chinese activities in the South China Sea, declaring China was “challenging U.S. interests at the far reaches of American power”.

read more

How Do Multi-Vectored Foreign Policies Affect Global Geopolitical Risk?

How Do Multi-Vectored Foreign Policies Affect Global Geopolitical Risk?

Incoherent U.S. foreign policy, combined with accelerating multipolarity, has increased global geopolitical risk for both major and minor states alike.

read more

Rex Tillerson On China

Rex Tillerson On China

“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

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.

read more

americasdiplomats_socialmediaasset