South China Sea Dispute

Washington Sleeps While China Makes Waves in South China Sea

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The US needs to play a stabilizing role in the SCS as China seeks to impose its hegemonic control of the region and beyond.

A Hit and Run in the West Philippine Sea?

130629-N-YU572-272 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 29, 2013) - The Philippine Coast Guard vessel Edsa (SARV 002), left, and the Philippine Navy frigate Gregorio Del Pilar (PF 15) steam in formation during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2013. More than 600 Sailors and Marines are participating in CARAT Philippines 2013. U.S. Navy units participating in CARAT Philippines include the Fitzgerald with embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff, a U.S. Marine Corps landing force, and the diving and salvage vessels USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1. CARAT is a series of bilateral military exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh) (RELEASED), cc Naval Surface Warriors, Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Sparks are flying on social media following China’s sinking of a Philippines fishing boat in contested waters.

The EU & The South China Sea Dispute

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The EU is walking a fine line on the South China Sea dispute, but can the policy hold over the long-term?

ARIA Reassures Vietnam of Ongoing US FONOPS in South China Sea

Lễ đón Sỹ quan, thủy thủ đoàn tàu Hải quân Hoa Kỳ thăm hữu nghị Đà Nẵng (The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crew greeted by Vietnamese in Da Nang, Vietnam last year. Courtesy of VNA.)

The Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) is the latest sign of a renaissance in US-Vietnam relations.

South China Sea Dispute: Taiwan

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In the fifth article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of the Taiwan claim.

South China Sea Dispute: China

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In this first article of a new series on claimants in the South China Sea dispute, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and island-building underpinning China’s claim.

Close Call Foreshadows Growing Tensions in South China Sea

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The near miss involving US and Chinese warships in the South China Sea is a troubling sign of things to come.

Vietnam Ready for a Seat at the UN Security Council

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Vietnam’s commitment to global institutions and poverty alleviation make it a good candidate for a rotating seat at the UN Security Council.

South China Sea Dispute: Indonesia

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In the fourth article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of Indonesia’s claim.

Fishing Frontlines: A Sea Change for Southeast Asia Fish Exports

Catfish (Pangasius) from Vietnam's freshwater fish farms. Vietnamfish, Cong Mao - Vietnam News Agency., modified.

Strong region-wide management practices can help replenish Southeast Asia’s declining fish stocks. But getting there won’t be easy.

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