South China Sea Dispute

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.

China Enlists Academics in South China Sea Propaganda War

The USS Ronald Reagan transits the South China Sea, cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ / SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 5, 2016) The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the South China Sea. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released) 160705-N-OI810-110

Propaganda won’t change ground-level facts in the South China Sea.

China’s Naval Strategy in the East China Sea

The USS Ronald Reagan transits the South China Sea, cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ / SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 5, 2016) The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the South China Sea. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released) 160705-N-OI810-110

Exploring the strategic rationale behind the PLA Navy’s ongoing modernization program.

PLA Navy Unveils New Coastal Assault Capability with the Type 075

The PLA Navy's Liaoning aicraft carrier, cc rhk111, modified, Flickr, (eng.chinamil.com.cn / Photo by Zhang Lei), public domain,

The Type 075 amphibious assault ship fills a longstanding capability gap of the PLA Navy.

Washington Sleeps While China Makes Waves in South China Sea

White House Washington, cc Cezary P, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:White_House_Washington.JPG

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

Subi Reef in 2015, cc US Navy, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Subi_Reef_May_2015.jpg

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.

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