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Navigating South China Sea Security in 2024

Navigating South China Sea Security in 2024

By Sophie Wushuang Yi
A look back at the strategic dynamics of the maritime disputes in 2023, and what we might expect in the new year.

The China-Philippines South China Sea Face-Off Requires Restraint

The China-Philippines South China Sea Face-Off Requires Restraint

By Sarang Shidore
The Philippines and the U.S. are on solid legal ground, but what is lawful is not always wise.
A South China Sea Code of Conduct Cannot Be Built on a Foundation of Bad Faith

A South China Sea Code of Conduct Cannot Be Built on a Foundation of Bad Faith

By Raymond Powell
There’s an obvious reason CoC talks haven’t progressed: China isn’t interested. 

China’s Bid to Construct a ‘Maritime Community With a Shared Future’ in the South China Sea

China’s Bid to Construct a ‘Maritime Community With a Shared Future’ in the South China Sea

By Luc Minh Tuan
China’s quest for control of the disputed waters goes beyond security to include economic and cultural dimensions as well.

Why the Philippines Is Exposing China’s Aggressive Actions in the South China Sea 

Why the Philippines Is Exposing China’s Aggressive Actions in the South China Sea 

By Jay Tristan Tarriela
The Philippine Coast Guard has a new responsibility: providing public evidence of China’s unlawful maritime activities. What’s behind the shift?

China’s Conundrum and the Pottery Barn Rule 

China’s Conundrum and the Pottery Barn Rule 

By Alexander C. Tan and Neel Vanvari
“You break it, you own it”: China has broken many of its relationships with its neighbors; now Beijing must own the results.

China’s Deep-Sea Motivation for Claiming Sovereignty Over the South China Sea

China’s Deep-Sea Motivation for Claiming Sovereignty Over the South China Sea

By Mark Crescenzi and Stephen Gent
At the bottom of the contested waters lies a supply of the rare earth minerals crucial to China’s tech ambitions.
Bill Hayton on the South China Sea in 2020

Bill Hayton on the South China Sea in 2020

By Ankit Panda
“There is nothing ‘historic’ about China’s ‘historic rights’ claim” in the South China Sea.

The Environmental Costs of China’s Maritime Ambition

The Environmental Costs of China’s Maritime Ambition

By Paula Knack
Too many Chinese vessels, whether fishing boats or dredgers, destroy marine protected areas.

ASEAN’s China Dilemma

ASEAN’s China Dilemma

By Trinh Le
China remains both an economic partner and a threat to the stability of the region.

South China Sea Tops Agenda as Philippines’ Duterte Arrives in China

South China Sea Tops Agenda as Philippines’ Duterte Arrives in China

By Shannon Tiezzi
Both sides are emphasizing the disputed waters, but for different reasons.
The Cyber Dimension of the South China Sea Clashes

The Cyber Dimension of the South China Sea Clashes

By Mark Manantan
China’s alleged cyberattacks come amid rising sentiments in the Philippines over the South China Sea disputes.

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