China’s Maritime Expansion: Exploiting Regional Weakness?
March 05, 2014
China’s Maritime Expansion: Exploiting Regional Weakness?
A recent naval voyage may have been an attempt to make regional maritime dominance a fait accompli.
China’s Maritime Expansion: Exploiting Regional Weakness?
Tensions Set To Rise In The South China Sea
February 19, 2014
Tensions Set To Rise In The South China Sea
A series of recent events points to a declining state of stability and security in the South China Sea.
Tensions Set To Rise In The South China Sea
Lessons from the Battle of the Paracel Islands
January 23, 2014
Lessons from the Battle of the Paracel Islands
Forty years on, the battle has enduring lessons for Vietnam’s naval modernization.
Lessons from the Battle of the Paracel Islands
Vietnam’s Confucius Institute Distraction
November 24, 2013
Vietnam’s Confucius Institute Distraction
The controversy in Vietnam over China’s establishment of a Confucius Institute is misplaced, argues one blogger.
Vietnam’s Confucius Institute Distraction
Hainan: Chinese Resort Dreams
April 16, 2013
Hainan: Chinese Resort Dreams
Hainan, in the South China Sea, is a resort center with international ambitions.
Hainan: Chinese Resort Dreams
What Fracking Means for Southeast Asia
March 07, 2013
What Fracking Means for Southeast Asia
Despite the rhetoric, Southeast Asian governments have been slow to tap their oil reserves. Fracking could make progress even slower.
What Fracking Means for Southeast Asia
New Summits: Old Problems
November 21, 2012
New Summits: Old Problems
The ASEAN and East Asia Summits seem once again off to a shaky start thanks to the South China Sea.
New Summits: Old Problems
September 29, 2012
Indonesian Pitch for Disputed Seas
New developments show Jakarta working to break the impasse over the South China Sea.
Indonesian Pitch for Disputed Seas
Drawing Lines in the Water
September 14, 2012
Drawing Lines in the Water
While tensions rise between Japan and China in the East China Sea, an important development may have been overlooked.
Drawing Lines in the Water
Advice on a Vietnamese “Model Maritime Militia Force”
August 30, 2012
Advice on a Vietnamese “Model Maritime Militia Force”
History suggests ‘militiamen’ can harass lopsidedly superior foes, but the odds against their winning are long.
Advice on a Vietnamese “Model Maritime Militia Force”
Philippines Sign-off on Australian Troops
July 26, 2012
Philippines Sign-off on Australian Troops
A new accord will allow Australian soldiers to train with the Filipino military.
Philippines Sign-off on Australian Troops
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