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China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines
August 04, 2021

China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines

By Jongsoo Lee
Jay L. Batongbacal, a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law, on the South China Sea disputes and international law.

Affirming Trump-Era Policy, US Warns China Over South China Sea
July 12, 2021

Affirming Trump-Era Policy, US Warns China Over South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement underscores a fundamental continuity between the administrations of Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
The South China Sea Arbitration Award: 5 Years and Beyond
July 12, 2021

The South China Sea Arbitration Award: 5 Years and Beyond

By Nguyen Hong Thao and Nguyen Thi Lan Huong
China has consistently denied the ruling, but it is already shaping legal opinion in important ways.

South China Sea: The Battle of the Diplomatic Notes Continues
August 04, 2020

South China Sea: The Battle of the Diplomatic Notes Continues

By Nguyen Hong Thao
The latest round of diplomatic note exchanges resurrected the 2016 arbitral tribunal award.

South China Sea: US Joins the Battle of Diplomatic Notes
June 10, 2020

South China Sea: US Joins the Battle of Diplomatic Notes

By Nguyen Hong Thao
Washington’s letter on the South China Sea to the UN secretary general supports the position expressed by Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Might China Withdraw From the UN Law Of The Sea Treaty?
May 03, 2019

Might China Withdraw From the UN Law Of The Sea Treaty?

By Mark J. Valencia
The move would come with serious costs – but Beijing might come to think the gains are worth it.

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.
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.

Trying to Solve the Philippines’ South China Sea Conundrum 
June 05, 2018

Trying to Solve the Philippines’ South China Sea Conundrum 

By Mark J. Valencia
Realistically, joint development of resources is probably the Philippines’ best bet.

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.
The US-China Perception Gap in the South China Sea
August 19, 2016

The US-China Perception Gap in the South China Sea

By David J. Firestein
The United States and China perceive the South China Sea issue in starkly different terms.

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