US Military Says Chinese Fighter Jet Came Within 10 Feet of B-52 Bomber Over South China Sea
By David Rising
In the night intercept, the Shenyang J-11 twin-engine fighter closed on the U.S. Air Force plane at an "uncontrolled excessive speed… putting both aircraft in danger of a collision.”
Chinese, Philippine Vessels Collide Near Contested Shoal
By Sebastian Strangio
While minor, the two collisions demonstrate the dangers inherent in Beijing’s campaign of escalation in the South China Sea.
Will the Philippines File a Second South China Sea Arbitration Case?
By Trung NGUYEN
The Philippines is exploring the possibility of bringing China to another international dispute settlement organ.
China’s Baselines Around the Offshore Archipelago
By TSURUTA Jun
Baselines are the starting point for China’s attempts to claim sea areas.
China’s New ‘Standard Map’ Does Not Mean What You Think It Means
By Mark Raymond and David A. Welch
Nothing in the map suggests that China is making a novel territorial claim. In fact, Beijing may be quietly walking one particularly questionable claim back.
Vietnam Criticizes China, Philippines For South China Sea Activities
By Sebastian Strangio
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson accused the two nations of "violating the sovereign rights and jurisdictions of Vietnam" in separate recent incidents.
Conflict in a Crowded Sea: Risks of Escalation in the South China Sea
By Alexander C. Tan and Neel Vanvari
The South China Sea is a crowded region with a substantial level of military capabilities already present. The risks of escalation are real.
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
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
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
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
By Gary Sands
Discarding its “U-shaped line” claim could help Taiwan boost its international image and create distance between itself and Beijing.