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US State Department Study Dismisses China’s ‘Unlawful Maritime Claims’ in South China Sea
January 14, 2022

US State Department Study Dismisses China’s ‘Unlawful Maritime Claims’ in South China Sea

By Shannon Tiezzi
The study examined the legal case for China’s South China Sea claims and found it wanting.

Even Duterte Can’t Get Around the Thorn in China-Philippine Relations
December 01, 2021

Even Duterte Can’t Get Around the Thorn in China-Philippine Relations

By Bonnie Girard
The South China Sea continues to be a perennial flashpoint, despite Duterte's best efforts to keep relations on an even keel.
Australia Abandons Its Neutrality on the South China Sea Maritime Disputes
July 27, 2020

Australia Abandons Its Neutrality on the South China Sea Maritime Disputes

By Carl Thayer
Australia has aligned itself with the United States in supporting UNCLOS and the 2016 Arbitral Tribunal ruling.

The South China Sea Island China Gave Away
August 14, 2019

The South China Sea Island China Gave Away

By Zhen-Gang Ji
Bach Long Vi Island and its secret transfer from China to Vietnam.

Rethinking Taiwan’s Claims in the South China Sea
June 28, 2019

Rethinking Taiwan’s Claims in the South China Sea

By Gary Sands
Discarding its “U-shaped line” claim could help Taiwan boost its international image and create distance between itself and Beijing.

What's Really Behind Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea?
December 22, 2017

What's Really Behind Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea?

By Richard Q. Turcsanyi
Increasing power is not the best explanation for China's recent actions.

Are US FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
October 28, 2017

Are US FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

By Mark J. Valencia
Written communiques and diplomacy are enough for most countries to object to overly extensive maritime claims.
Time for the US to Stop Losing Ground to China in the South China Sea
October 24, 2017

Time for the US to Stop Losing Ground to China in the South China Sea

By Tuan N. Pham
More opportunities for Washington to push back against Beijing in the South China Sea.

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity
July 11, 2017

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity

By Mark J. Valencia
Do U.S. FONOPs actually serve a purpose?

Where Is China's New Underwater System in the East and South China Seas?
May 30, 2017

Where Is China's New Underwater System in the East and South China Seas?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
China's move toward an undersea observation network appears to be progressing.

After Summit, ASEAN Remains Divided on South China Sea
May 03, 2017

After Summit, ASEAN Remains Divided on South China Sea

By Cal Wong
Once again, there was little productive discussion of the China factor at the latest ASEAN gathering.
US FONOPs Actually Conceded Maritime Rights to China
March 08, 2017

US FONOPs Actually Conceded Maritime Rights to China

By Joseph Bosco
By conducting FONOPs as innocent passage, the Obama administration tacitly acknowledged Chinese territorial seas.

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