Menu
Account
China's Island Build-Up: The View From Space
July 11, 2018
China's Island Build-Up: The View From Space
Satellite images reveal the scope of China's expanded presence.
China's Island Build-Up: The View From Space
Perpetual Stalemate: China Can Neither Be Dislodged From the South China Sea Nor Control It
February 06, 2017
Perpetual Stalemate: China Can Neither Be Dislodged From the South China Sea Nor Control It
Former U.S., Australian officials say it’s “too late” and PLA assessment says China “cannot be optimistic”.
Perpetual Stalemate: China Can Neither Be Dislodged From the South China Sea Nor Control It
South China Sea Ruling: China Caused 'Irreparable Harm' to Environment
July 15, 2016
South China Sea Ruling: China Caused 'Irreparable Harm' to Environment
The arbitral tribunal rules that significant environmental damage has been done -- and China is to blame.
South China Sea Ruling: China Caused 'Irreparable Harm' to Environment
China Unveils New South China Sea Lighthouse on Subi Reef
April 06, 2016
China Unveils New South China Sea Lighthouse on Subi Reef
Beijing holds a “completion ceremony” for a lighthouse on one of its artificial islands.
China Unveils New South China Sea Lighthouse on Subi Reef
Chinese Media: Our Artificial Islands Are Better Than Vietnam's
February 05, 2016
Chinese Media: Our Artificial Islands Are Better Than Vietnam's
A Chinese media report claims that Vietnamese land reclamation on a Spratly reef was washed away in a typhoon.
Chinese Media: Our Artificial Islands Are Better Than Vietnam's
The Hypocrisy of US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea
November 17, 2015
The Hypocrisy of US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea
The U.S. says it is defending freedom of navigation; really it just wants to limit China's power in the South China Sea.
The Hypocrisy of US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea
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 Commander Warns China Against ‘Revising’ International Law in the South China Sea
October 09, 2015
US Commander Warns China Against ‘Revising’ International Law in the South China Sea
A veiled warning implores Beijing to stop undermining the global rules-based system.
US Commander Warns China Against ‘Revising’ International Law in the South China Sea
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
The Nine Ironies of the South China Sea Mess
September 17, 2015
The Nine Ironies of the South China Sea Mess
China’s policies in the region have created a dangerous mess, and an ironic one.
The Nine Ironies of the South China Sea Mess
China’s Assertiveness Could Worsen, Japan Military Chief Warns
July 18, 2015
China’s Assertiveness Could Worsen, Japan Military Chief Warns
Admiral Kawano sees a worrying future as Beijing seeks to expand its regional reach.
China’s Assertiveness Could Worsen, Japan Military Chief Warns
The Truth About China’s South China Sea Land Reclamation Announcement
June 18, 2015
The Truth About China’s South China Sea Land Reclamation Announcement
Beijing’s declaration tells us nothing new and does little to ease worries about its behavior.
The Truth About China’s South China Sea Land Reclamation Announcement
Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly newsletter
The Diplomat Brief