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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.
The South China Sea Ruling: 1 Month Later
August 12, 2016

The South China Sea Ruling: 1 Month Later

By Tuan N. Pham
Time to carefully analyze the Chinese reaction to determine how best to respond in the coming months.

What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?
August 02, 2016

What Now for China’s ‘Historic Rights’ in the South China Sea?

By John Lee
Defending China's "historic rights" in the South China Sea is integral to the Communist Party's political narrative.

International Law Won't Stop China in the South China Sea
July 20, 2016

International Law Won't Stop China in the South China Sea

By Aurelia George Mulgan
Countering power with rules is doomed to fail in the South China Sea.

The South China Sea Is Really a Fishery Dispute
July 20, 2016

The South China Sea Is Really a Fishery Dispute

By Adam Greer
The hidden cause of the South China Sea disputes: there aren't enough fish in the sea.
The Philippines' Triumph: Right Over Might
July 19, 2016

The Philippines' Triumph: Right Over Might

By Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr.
It is precisely the fairness and impartiality of the process chosen by Manila to vent its claims that China objects to.

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