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Bill Hayton on the South China Sea in 2020
August 01, 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.

Australia Consolidates Hardened US Position on the South China Sea
July 27, 2020

Australia Consolidates Hardened US Position on the South China Sea

By Grant Wyeth
Australia is supporting its ally, but it still has serious reservations about the Trump administration's chaotic approach to China.
China’s Self-Inflicted Wounds in the South China Sea
July 21, 2020

China’s Self-Inflicted Wounds in the South China Sea

By Rahul Mishra
Increased aggression from Beijing has sparked more robust responses from Washington and the regional claimant states.

The ‘Cold Confrontation’ Underway in the South China Sea
May 31, 2019

The ‘Cold Confrontation’ Underway in the South China Sea

By Chen Xiangmiao
Neither the U.S. nor China wants a hot war, but they will continue to contest their differing interests in the region.

What the Berlin Airlift Can Teach Us About the South China Sea
February 02, 2019

What the Berlin Airlift Can Teach Us About the South China Sea

By Ngo Di Lan
The U.S. failure to counter China’s “gray zone” tactics stems from a lack of will, not a lack of options.

Pushback: America’s New China Strategy
November 02, 2018

Pushback: America’s New China Strategy

By Robert Sutter
A situation report from Washington assessing the U.S. whole of government opposition to China’s challenges.

Trade, War, and the South China Sea
September 01, 2018

Trade, War, and the South China Sea

By Roncevert Ganan Almond
In water where progress was once assumed, an ominous front is now forming.
The South China Sea: Freedom of Overflight or ‘Unlawful Activities’?
August 16, 2018

The South China Sea: Freedom of Overflight or ‘Unlawful Activities’?

By Yinan Bao
A critique of recent U.S. military reconnaissance activities in South China Sea from the Chinese perspective.

US Makes Up Some Lost Diplomatic Ground Over South China Sea
July 31, 2018

US Makes Up Some Lost Diplomatic Ground Over South China Sea

By Mark J. Valencia
After some setbacks, the U.S. is making progress in its diplomatic struggle with China. 

Mattis' Visit to China: Agree to Disagree?
June 29, 2018

Mattis' Visit to China: Agree to Disagree?

By Shannon Tiezzi
The U.S. secretary of defense brings a dose of “reality” to the U.S.-China military relationship.

Toward a New Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea
June 22, 2018

Toward a New Maritime Strategy in the South China Sea

By Patrick M. Cronin and Melodie Ha
How the US can reformulate its approach to China in the maritime domain.
Is the South China Sea Dispute a Foregone Conclusion?
May 10, 2018

Is the South China Sea Dispute a Foregone Conclusion?

By Jansen Tham
China has gained an irreversible advantage in the South China Sea.

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