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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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Beijing’s Development Bank Gains Momentum

Beijing’s Development Bank Gains Momentum

Despite U.S. objections and concerns, China’s $100 billion initiative seems determined in its quest for respectability and prominence.

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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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Peter Navarro and the Coming China Trade Wars

Peter Navarro and the Coming China Trade Wars

Analysts are alarmed over the potential for a U.S-China trade war after the selection of Peter Navarro as the head of the White House National Trade Council.

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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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Trump, Taiwan and Tweets: The Future of U.S.-China Relations

Trump, Taiwan and Tweets: The Future of U.S.-China Relations

China’s leadership is surely fretting over the long-term consequences of a Trump presidency on Sino-U.S. ties and cross-Strait relations.

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The Alarming Dependency of Downstream Mekong River Countries

The Alarming Dependency of Downstream Mekong River Countries

In downstream Vietnam, experts claim as much as 50% of the 2.2 million hectares of arable land in the delta had been hit by salinization due to the drought.

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Be Careful What You Wish For, China

Be Careful What You Wish For, China

While many Chinese distrust Hillary as an aggressive hawk, others are rethinking their support for a Donald Trump presidency as fears over a trade war grow.

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Seoul’s Aggressive Plan to Combat Illegal Fishing

Seoul’s Aggressive Plan to Combat Illegal Fishing

Waters are heating up again in Asia, as Chinese fisherman came under fire last Tuesday some 92 kilometers southwest of South Korea’s Socheong Island.

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U.S. Pivot to Asia Still Strong in Vietnam

U.S. Pivot to Asia Still Strong in Vietnam

The pivot is part business, foreign policy and philanthropy. One of the best tools the to advance the pivot is the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

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Will Duterte Dump the U.S. and Dance with China?

Will Duterte Dump the U.S. and Dance with China?

Under the U.S. Foreign Military Financing program, the Philippines is currently the largest recipient of U.S. funds in the Asia-Pacific region.

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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 Fall of North Korea: A Wikistrat Crowdsourced Simulation

The Fall of North Korea: A Wikistrat Crowdsourced Simulation

Drawing from the opinions of 70 analysts, the simulation “gamed out” the various pathways to collapse and the response of major actors in the region.

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About the Author

Gary Sands
Gary Sands

Gary Sands is a Senior Analyst at Wikistrat, a crowdsourced consultancy, and a Director at Highway West Capital Advisors, a venture capital, project finance and political risk advisory. He has contributed a number of op-eds for Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Washington Times, The Diplomat, The National Interest, International Policy Digest, Asia Times, EurasiaNet, Eurasia Review, Indo-Pacific Review, the South China Morning Post, and the Global Times. He was previously employed in lending and advisory roles at Shell Capital, ABB Structured Finance, and the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation. He earned his Masters of Business Administration in International Business from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science in Finance at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. He spent six years in Shanghai from 2006-2012, four years in Rio de Janeiro, and is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. [email protected]

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