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South China Sea

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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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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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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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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With Its Second Aircraft Carrier, China Extends its Global Reach

With Its Second Aircraft Carrier, China Extends its Global Reach

By expanding its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea and growing the PLA’s global clout, China is reinforcing its influence in the Asia-Pacific.

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Manila Asserts Claims Over South China Sea Island

Manila Asserts Claims Over South China Sea Island

After bowing to Beijing’s request to retract his decision to plant a flag on Thitu Island over Philippine Independence Day, the President Rodrigo Duterte has likely angered the Chinese again.

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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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