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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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.
China Says Will Hand Over Captured US Drone, All Actions 'Professional and Responsible'

China Says Will Hand Over Captured US Drone, All Actions 'Professional and Responsible'

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Ministry of Defense statement has worrying implications for China's ambitions in the South China Sea.

What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?

What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?

By John Lee
Defending China's "historic rights" in the South China Sea is integral to the Communist Party's political narrative.

After the South China Sea Ruling, Time for More FONOPs

After the South China Sea Ruling, Time for More FONOPs

By Joseph Bosco
Whether China cooperates or not, the ruling lets the United States correct earlier mistakes in ensuring navigational freedoms.

China Hardens Position on South China Sea

China Hardens Position on South China Sea

By Xie Yanmei
Beijing has moved to clarify its position, but in a direction that could cause more friction.
South China Sea Ruling: A Boost for Cross-Strait Relations?

South China Sea Ruling: A Boost for Cross-Strait Relations?

By Shang-su Wu
Taiwan and mainland China's similar positions on the South China Sea could provide the basis for a "2016 Consensus."

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