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Indonesia Leads the Way on Mapping Fishermen

Indonesia Leads the Way on Mapping Fishermen

Indonesian navy crew (right) check one of seven fishing boats destroyed in Batam, Kepulauan Riau province on February 22, 2016 (AFP Photo/Sei Ratifa) With its announcement at a United Nations conference last month, Indonesia became the first nation to commit to publish the exact location and activity of its commercial fishing fleet. ...

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The ‘Blood Alliance’s Future Knotted with Blue Ties

The ‘Blood Alliance’s Future Knotted with Blue Ties

Donald Trump and South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, wearing similar blue ties reaffirmed their ‘ironclad’ commitments to the U.S.–ROK ‘blood alliance’

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Using Economic Muscle, Beijing Sways Panama over Taiwan

Using Economic Muscle, Beijing Sways Panama over Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen arriving in Panama City on her first overseas ...

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US-India Relations: What Do We Want? What Should We Want?

US-India Relations: What Do We Want?  What Should We Want?

In their June 26 meeting President Trump and Prime Minister Modi voiced their mutual admiration as the nations grapple with a complex relationship.

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China’s Courtship of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Should Raise Eyebrows

China’s Courtship of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Should Raise Eyebrows

Beijing has invited Ivanka and Jared Kushner to visit China later this year for the purpose of cultivating ties between China and the Trump administration.

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Chinese General Exits Hanoi Early

Chinese General Exits Hanoi Early

Just when Chinese and Vietnamese relations appeared to be going well, the waters of the South China Sea (and East Sea) may be heating up again.

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Stranded Chemical Tanker Threatens Vietnamese Shores

Stranded Chemical Tanker Threatens Vietnamese Shores

The ship Chemroad Journey, en route to China with some 30,000 tons of chemicals and 27 crew members, has reportedly been grounded on a rocky bottom off the coast of Vietnam.

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Mattis and Inada Draw Fire at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

Mattis and Inada Draw Fire at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

The Shangri-La Dialogue concluded last weekend in Singapore was marked by sharp differences between Washington, Tokyo, and Beijing over the South China Sea.

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The ‘Moon’ Drive: Fast, Furious, yet Deft

The ‘Moon’ Drive: Fast, Furious, yet Deft

Taking advantage of public trust in the new government, President Moon Jae-in wants to dissolve the corrupt and malfunctioning bureaucracy inherited from past military regimes’ strong statism.

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Trump-Kushner China Dealings Raise Conflict of Interest Concerns

Trump-Kushner China Dealings Raise Conflict of Interest Concerns

Russia is not Trump's only foreign conflict of interest. The President, his daughter Ivanka, and son in-law Jared Kushner also have a growing China problem.

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Taiwan Turns Further Away from the Mainland

Taiwan Turns Further Away from the Mainland

Taiwanese recently celebrated a decision by a constitutional court granting same-sex marriage. On the more socially conservative mainland, the ruling drew criticism.

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China’s Infrastructure Bank Makes Inroads in Asia

China’s Infrastructure Bank Makes Inroads in Asia

With Beijing holding the majority of AIIB’s voting rights, the bank is seen by analysts as a deliberate effort to pull Asian countries closer into China’s orbit.

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Trump Courts Duterte, Duterte Courts Xi

Trump Courts Duterte, Duterte Courts Xi

Earlier this month Duterte visited three Chinese warships on Mindanao island in the Philippines—the first Chinese navy port call to the country since 2010.

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Trump’s Dilemma in the Korean Peninsula

Trump’s Dilemma in the Korean Peninsula

North Korea is close to the final stage of acquiring ICBM capabilities and miniaturization technologies required to target the continental U.S.

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Hanoi Protests China’s Fishing Ban

Hanoi Protests China’s Fishing Ban

Hanoi officially expressed its displeasure over Beijing’s annual fishing ban in the South China Sea at a regular press conference last week.

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