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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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Seoul Reports Beijing’s Mandarin Imperiousness to WTO

Seoul Reports Beijing’s Mandarin Imperiousness to WTO

In response to Beijing’s recent economic retaliations over the deployment of THAAD, Seoul raised the issue of trade agreements violations at a WTO meeting.

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China’s ‘Colonial Investments’ Run into Rough Weather in the Indian Subcontinent

China’s ‘Colonial Investments’ Run into Rough Weather in the Indian Subcontinent

With protests against China's investments in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Pakistan, the country's ambitious expansion via economics in the Indian subcontinent is not going as well as Beijing had imagined.

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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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Permanent Neutrality for a Unified Korea May Be The Only Solution for DPRK Crisis

Permanent Neutrality for a Unified Korea May Be The Only Solution for DPRK Crisis

Permanent neutrality for a unified Korea may initially appear to be a radical proposal to the DPRK issue, but the days of conventional thinking are over.

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China Attempts to Censor Western Universities

China Attempts to Censor Western Universities

A University of California-San Diego Chinese students' organization attempted to censor a graduation speech by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

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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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South Korea’s Strategic Importance Forgotten Amidst the Trump-Abe Honeymoon

South Korea’s Strategic Importance Forgotten Amidst the Trump-Abe Honeymoon

While the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye paralyzed South Korea’s diplomatic service, Japan has worked to strengthen Trump’s commitment to its defense.

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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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Post-impeachment Consensus Calls for a New Political System in South Korea

Post-impeachment Consensus Calls for a New Political System in South Korea

In the aftermath of the Candlelight Revolution, the Korean people’s demands for constitutionally restructuring the post-1987 presidency have heightened.

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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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North Korea’s ICBM Threat and the Trump Administration

North Korea’s ICBM Threat and the Trump Administration

Pyongyang could decide to conduct a new ballistic test in the early weeks of the new administration to gauge President Trump's response.

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