South China Sea Dispute

Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

Prime Minister and Andrew Robb signing the Free Trade Agreement with Chinese President Xi and Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng., 2014, cc Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website – www.dfat.gov.au, modified 0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abbott_and_Robb_signing_the_Free_Trade_Agreement_with_Chinese_President_Xi_and_Minister_for_Commerce_Gao_Hucheng_November_2014.jpg

Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

Biden’s Vision of US-China Relations Begins to Take Shape

cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Recent comments by the US president-elect suggest that Beijing will soon need to grapple with its worst-case scenario.

Decoding Duterte’s Shifting Stance on the South China Sea Dispute

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, often labeled ‘soft’ on Beijing, has recently adopted tougher rhetoric on the South China Sea. Yet though more critical of China, the tone has remained noticeably diplomatic.

White House Transition to Continue Trajectory of US-Vietnam Relations

Vice President Biden shakes hands with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at a luncheon at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on July 7, 2015. [State Department Photo/Public Domain], cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vice_President_Biden_Shakes_Hands_With_General_Secretary_Nguyen_Phu_Trong_at_a_Luncheon_at_the_State_Department_(18883780193).jpg

A President Biden would be unlikely to hit the ‘reset’ button in US-China relations, which suggests progress in Washington’s partnership with Hanoi.

Vietnam Economy Well Positioned for Post-COVID Surge

Ho Chi Minh City skyline, cc Flickr Sketyl none, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Vietnam is one of few nations expecting positive GDP growth in 2020. Given its apt handling of COVID-19 and ongoing US-China tensions, the country is now well placed to lead Southeast Asia’s economic recovery.

Fostering Vietnam-Australia Defense Ties Matters for Both Sides

Australia - Perth - Elizabeth Quay, CC Flickr, Frank Maddocks, Modified https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosfromfrank/49797504317/in/

With increasing overlap in their defense and trade interests, it only makes sense that Vietnam and Australia take the next step in their bilateral relationship.

US Raises the Flag, and Stakes, in South China Sea

cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, SOUTH CHINA SEA (May 13, 2020) The Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10) conducts routine operations in the South China Sea, May 13, 2020. Gabrielle Giffords, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brenton Poyser/Released)200513-N-WP865-0237

Is Washington’s newfound assertiveness on the South China Sea dispute a matter of long-term statecraft, or short-term electioneering?

Vietnam’s Leadership in ASEAN: Opportunity in Crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participates in the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial in Bangkok, Thailand, on August 2, 2019. [State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha/ Public Domain], cc Flickr U.S. Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

Over the second half of 2020, Vietnam should focus on integrating the informal economy with the formal economy and resuming negotiations for a code of conduct in the South China Sea.

South China Sea Fishermen Caught between COVID-19 and China

South China Sea fishing fleet in Vietnam, cc Marco Verch, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

COVID-19 has now been added to the long list of difficulties faced by those who rely on fishing the South China Sea to make a living.

China Bashers Strike Out in the South China Sea

Fishing boats in the South China Sea, cc Frank Starmer, flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Setting the record straight on a recent GPM editorial on the South China Sea.

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