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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.