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Japan Could Deliver 8 Cutting-Edge Frigates to Indonesia
April 08, 2021

Japan Could Deliver 8 Cutting-Edge Frigates to Indonesia

By Sebastian Strangio
If it eventuates, the $3.6 billion deal would represent the largest-ever arms transfer between the two nations.

US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Back in South China Sea
April 06, 2021

US Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Back in South China Sea

By Abhijnan Rej
This is the second time this year the strike group has entered the contentious body of water.
China’s Maritime Militia at Whitsun Reef: Trouble in the South China Sea
April 03, 2021

China’s Maritime Militia at Whitsun Reef: Trouble in the South China Sea

By Ankit Panda
China’s maritime militia is once again at the center of a crisis in the South China Sea. What now?

Philippines Demands China Remove Vessels at 6 Islands, Reefs
April 01, 2021

Philippines Demands China Remove Vessels at 6 Islands, Reefs

By Jim Gomez
According to the Philippine government, more than 250 Chinese vessels have been spotted near six Manila-claimed islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea.

Philippines Deploys More Patrol Ships Amid Rift With China
March 26, 2021

Philippines Deploys More Patrol Ships Amid Rift With China

By Jim Gomez
Manila is beefing up its "maritime sovereignty patrols" in the disputed South China Sea.

Philippines Protests China’s New Coast Guard Law as ‘Verbal Threat of War’
January 28, 2021

Philippines Protests China’s New Coast Guard Law as ‘Verbal Threat of War’

By Associated Press
A new Chinese law authorizes the country’s coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy other countries' structures on islands it claims.

What Does Vietnam Want from the US in the South China Sea?
January 04, 2021

What Does Vietnam Want from the US in the South China Sea?

By Derek Grossman
Despite seeking a balance between the superpowers, Vietnam desires more robust security ties with Washington.
Southeast Asia and the Coming Biden Presidency
November 20, 2020

Southeast Asia and the Coming Biden Presidency

By Ankit Panda
Will a Biden administration renew attention on Southeast Asia?

Why Trump’s Anti-China Policy Falls on Deaf Ears in Southeast Asia
October 15, 2020

Why Trump’s Anti-China Policy Falls on Deaf Ears in Southeast Asia

By Dino Patti Djalal
No Southeast Asian nation has been willing to support the Trump administration's hostile and ideological position on China.

Vietnam’s Public Diplomacy and the Peril of Mixed Messages
October 06, 2020

Vietnam’s Public Diplomacy and the Peril of Mixed Messages

By Vu Lam
COVID-19 has been a victory for the country’s communist party – but a taste of transparency might whet the public's appetite for more.

China Fires Back at US Over Environment, South China Sea
September 28, 2020

China Fires Back at US Over Environment, South China Sea

By Associated Press
The war of words comes amid disputes over trade, technology, Hong Kong and Taiwan, spying accusations and more that has driven the bilateral relationship to its lowest point in decades. 
The Code of Conduct for the South China Sea: A Long and Bumpy Road
September 28, 2020

The Code of Conduct for the South China Sea: A Long and Bumpy Road

By Viet Hoang
For all their recent promises, China and ASEAN claimant states will struggle to bridge fundamentally divergent interests in the South China Sea.

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