No Shangri-La in South China Sea

On Saturday in Singapore, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter addressed the attendants at the 14th Shangri-La Dialogue, a high-level security forum, asserting China’s recent land reclamation in the South China Sea was "out of step" with international norms, and adding his opposition to “any further militarization” in the region. Read more »

U.S. Confronts China Over Airspace in South China Sea

I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight will be flying not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned on Wednesday to leave by a Chinese radar operator. Read more »

What We Are Reading…

International News Coverage Iran, Terrorism, Abkhazia,  Morocco,  Jerusalem,  South China Sea Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Seven Months after Failing to Meet Deadline Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl | Reuters Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more […]

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Back to the Future? The US and the Philippines

An article in the New York Times on July 13, 2013 reported that the US military is now looking for a more or less permanent return to the archipelago although this time on less grandiose scale, stationing more or less permanent US troops inside Philippine military bases as opposed to re-establishing large, expensive stand-alone American installations of times past that were the last US hold-overs since Philippine independence in 1946 and that had been considered vital to US military efforts in Asia throughout the Cold War. Read more »

Note to China from India: As Ye Sow….

As Manmohan Singh (who's notorious for his almost infuriatingly wild manner) said to Shinzo Abe during his visit to Tokyo, “Our defense and security dialogue, military exercises and defense technology collaboration should grow.” Maybe it’s time for China to rethink its doubly offensive, aggressive and expansionist foreign policy. The blowback, I suspect, has only begun. Imagine this: India and Pakistan deciding that their permanent state of war may have become more beneficial to China than to the petulant siblings of South Asia. Will Pakistan’s army allow a normalization of relations to happen this time around? Read more »

Another Twist to the South China Sea Dispute

By Chris Lundry Various news organizations reported this week that both Vietnam and the Philippines are refusing to stamp new Chinese passports with a map of China’s claim to the entire South China Sea (VOA report here). India has joined the fray as well, angered because the map shows disputed parts of the Himalayas in Chinese possession as well. Although the dispute has simmered for years, with a status quo of unresolved competing claims and […] Read more »

U.S. Asia Policy: From Pivot to Pirouette to Pivot

by Norman Vasu* While the United States (US) government attempts to pivot towards Asia, China’s recent diplomatic and military moves suggests it is China who has the more robust and thoroughgoing strategy in the region. In effect, China’s latest moves leave the impression that the US pivot has become an aimless pirouette. At the foreign ministers’ meeting in July this year, China displayed how it has effectively become a de facto member of the Association […] Read more »

What Can the U.S. Do in the South China Sea?

China appears increasingly strident in its foreign policy, unilaterally moving to assert control in the South China Sea. There are several actions the U.S. should take to ensure these disputes are resolved diplomatically. Read more »