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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.
In the Era of Great Power Competition, the US Needs to Step Up Its Game
May 08, 2018

In the Era of Great Power Competition, the US Needs to Step Up Its Game

By Ben Cipperley
A blueprint for pushing back against China's militarization of the South China Sea.

The South China Sea: Reality Is Slowly Sinking In
April 26, 2018

The South China Sea: Reality Is Slowly Sinking In

By Mark J. Valencia
It's finally clear that the United States is not willing to confront China in the disputed waters.

Washington Must Own up to Superpower Competition With China
March 08, 2018

Washington Must Own up to Superpower Competition With China

By Will Saetren and Hunter Marston
The first step is for the U.S. to admit that China is a full-blown superpower.

The South China Sea and the Decline of US Influence
January 31, 2018

The South China Sea and the Decline of US Influence

By Mark J. Valencia
The United States' ability to sway Southeast Asian states to its side is waning.
US Striking Just the Right Balance With Vietnam in South China Sea
November 22, 2017

US Striking Just the Right Balance With Vietnam in South China Sea

By Derek Grossman
The Trump administration is continuing positive momentum in U.S.-Vietnam relations.

Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea
November 17, 2017

Parsing Trump’s Recent Policy Statements on the South China Sea

By Mark J. Valencia
The U.S.-Vietnam joint statement on the South China Sea contains glaring contradictions.
Does Vietnam Have Trump’s Backing?
November 08, 2017

Does Vietnam Have Trump’s Backing?

By Bennett Murray
Clarity sought in Hanoi ahead of President Donald Trump’s state visit.

Are US FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
October 28, 2017

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
October 24, 2017

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.

China's Window of Opportunity in the South China Sea
July 26, 2017

China's Window of Opportunity in the South China Sea

By Xue Li and Cheng Zhangxi
Domestic and international stars have aligned to give China a chance to put forward a solution.
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity
July 11, 2017

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity

By Mark J. Valencia
Do U.S. FONOPs actually serve a purpose?

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