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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?

Trump and the South China Sea: Doing the Right Thing for the Wrong Reason
May 16, 2017

Trump and the South China Sea: Doing the Right Thing for the Wrong Reason

By Mark J. Valencia
Trump's pause in FONOPs gives the U.S. and China breathing room to resolve disagreements.

Is China Winning in the South China Sea?
May 13, 2017

Is China Winning in the South China Sea?

By Sukmawani Bela Pertiwi
After the Philippines, the United States has also softened its approach to China while the rest remains silent.

Xi, the South China Sea, and Mar-a-Lago
April 06, 2017

Xi, the South China Sea, and Mar-a-Lago

By Donald K. Emmerson
If the South China Sea issue is relegated to the sidelines, it will send the wrong signal to China.
Will Hybrid Warfare Protect America’s Interests in the South China Sea?
March 30, 2017

Will Hybrid Warfare Protect America’s Interests in the South China Sea?

By Tobias Burgers & Scott N. Romaniuk
The pros and cons of increasing the use of unmanned vehicles in the South China Sea.

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