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China’s Evolving Economic Statecraft
April 12, 2017
China’s Evolving Economic Statecraft
Beijing’s use of commercial actors to carry out Party-state objectives requires a coordinated response.
China’s Evolving Economic Statecraft
China Building on Scarborough Shoal? Don't Hold Your Breath.
September 09, 2016
China Building on Scarborough Shoal? Don't Hold Your Breath.
For diplomatic and strategic reasons, now is not the time for Beijing to make such a risky move.
China Building on Scarborough Shoal? Don't Hold Your Breath.
How the US Misjudged the South China Sea, Part II
August 05, 2016
How the US Misjudged the South China Sea, Part II
The U.S. misunderstood China's position in the SCS and created a self-fulfilling prophecy of Chinese "aggression."
How the US Misjudged the South China Sea, Part II
China Flies 'Strategic' Bomber Over Disputed Feature in South China Sea
July 19, 2016
China Flies 'Strategic' Bomber Over Disputed Feature in South China Sea
It remains unclear whether the flight over Scarborough Shoal occurred before or after the July 12 PCA verdict.
China Flies 'Strategic' Bomber Over Disputed Feature in South China Sea
US Navy Destroyers Patrol Near China’s Man-Made Islands in South China Sea
July 08, 2016
US Navy Destroyers Patrol Near China’s Man-Made Islands in South China Sea
The United States tries to signal resolve ahead of a court ruling on Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea.
US Navy Destroyers Patrol Near China’s Man-Made Islands in South China Sea
Did a US ‘Line in the Sand’ at Scarborough Shoal Just Wash Away?
June 25, 2016
Did a US ‘Line in the Sand’ at Scarborough Shoal Just Wash Away?
Philippine President-elect saying no to war with China over disputed shoal complicates U.S. deterrence effort.
Did a US ‘Line in the Sand’ at Scarborough Shoal Just Wash Away?
Reality Check: Who Lacks Self-Restraint in the South China Sea?
June 22, 2016
Reality Check: Who Lacks Self-Restraint in the South China Sea?
A look at the legal precedents that help define China and the Philippines' favorite accusation.
Reality Check: Who Lacks Self-Restraint in the South China Sea?
The South China Sea in 2016: What’s Changed?
April 13, 2016
The South China Sea in 2016: What’s Changed?
Bonnie Glaser with an overview of the current "facts on the water" in the South China Sea.
The South China Sea in 2016: What’s Changed?
China’s $50 Trillion Plan for a Global Energy Grid
April 01, 2016
China’s $50 Trillion Plan for a Global Energy Grid
Plus, Scarborough Shoal, Nepal-China military ties, and myth-busting about China's economy. Friday China links.
China’s $50 Trillion Plan for a Global Energy Grid
Why China Might Seek to Occupy Scarborough Shoal
March 29, 2016
Why China Might Seek to Occupy Scarborough Shoal
Recent activity suggests China might build a base on Scarborough Shoal. Here's the strategic rationale.
Why China Might Seek to Occupy Scarborough Shoal
What US Intelligence Thinks About China’s Militarization of the South China Sea
March 10, 2016
What US Intelligence Thinks About China’s Militarization of the South China Sea
In a letter, the head of the U.S. intelligence community offers insights into China’s activities in the South China Sea.
What US Intelligence Thinks About China’s Militarization of the South China Sea
Satellite Imagery: China Expands Land Filling at North Island in the Paracels
March 07, 2016
Satellite Imagery: China Expands Land Filling at North Island in the Paracels
Satellite images also show dredging of a new harbor basin.
Satellite Imagery: China Expands Land Filling at North Island in the Paracels
Satellite Images: China Manufactures Land at New Sites in the Paracel Islands
February 13, 2016
Satellite Images: China Manufactures Land at New Sites in the Paracel Islands
A new helicopter base is seen for the first time at Duncan Island in the South China Sea.
Satellite Images: China Manufactures Land at New Sites in the Paracel Islands
What China's 'Militarization' of the South China Sea Would Actually Look Like
November 05, 2015
What China's 'Militarization' of the South China Sea Would Actually Look Like
A closer look at the specific military concerns posed by China's artificial islands.
What China's 'Militarization' of the South China Sea Would Actually Look Like
US Navy Ready to Sail Within 12 Nautical Miles of China's Artificial Islands in the South China Sea
October 08, 2015
US Navy Ready to Sail Within 12 Nautical Miles of China's Artificial Islands in the South China Sea
Two reports say the long-awaited freedom of navigation operations may commence in the next weeks or even days.
US Navy Ready to Sail Within 12 Nautical Miles of China's Artificial Islands in the South China Sea
The Truth About US Freedom of Navigation Patrols in the South China Sea
September 22, 2015
The Truth About US Freedom of Navigation Patrols in the South China Sea
US patrols within 12 nautical miles of China's artificial islands have a complicated legal basis.
The Truth About US Freedom of Navigation Patrols in the South China Sea
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