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South China Sea

Duterte Backs Off Hawkish Rhetoric Over Spratly Islands

Duterte Backs Off Hawkish Rhetoric Over Spratly Islands

The unpredictable Duterte, has again changed course in the South China Sea, cancelling his plans to plant a flag on Thitu Island over Philippine Independence Day.

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Beijing Seeks to Bolster Claims to Disputed Islands

Beijing Seeks to Bolster Claims to Disputed Islands

Vietnam reacted strongly in response to a recent visit by a Chinese cruise ship to the disputed Paracel archipelago. Hanoi pressed for an end to the cruise ship visits, which have taken hundreds of Chinese tourists to the island chain since 2013.

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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.”

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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”.

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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.

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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.”

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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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