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Obama’s Asia Legacy

Paul Haenle & Michael Green from Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
As President Obama enters his final months in office and a new administration prepares to take the helm in 2017, what will his legacy be in the Asia-Pacific? In this podcast, Paul Haenle and Michael Green, former senior director for Asian affairs at...

China Confirms Development of New Long-Range Bomber

Franz-Stefan Gady
Diplomat
The new long-range bomber should be capable of reaching targets as far as the “second island chain.”

Conversation

08.25.16

Could China Now Defeat the United States in a Battle Over the South China Sea or Taiwan?

Joel Wuthnow, Phillip C. Saunders & more
Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping kicked off the latest round of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) reforms at a September 3, 2015 military parade. The reforms could result in a leaner, more combat-effective PLA. This could create new...

Media

08.17.16

How the Philippines Can Win in the South China Sea

The Philippine Islands has a problem. It has international law on its side in its quarrel with China over maritime territory, but no policeman walking his beat to enforce the law. That means that, despite an international court’s findings, the...

China Says Other Topics Must Not Divert G-20’s Economy Focus

Bloomberg
Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong said leaders shouldn’t be distracted by the South China Sea issue.

Japan Rescues Chinese Fishing Boat Amid Tense Relations

BBC
The boat had collided with a 300m long Greece-flagged merchant ship, near a group of Japan-controlled islands.

China Says New Satellite Will Help Safeguard Interests at Sea

Adam Jourdan
Reuters
The “Gaofen 3” satellite has a radar system that captures images from space down to 3 feet and can operate in all weather conditions.

Beijing Flies Bombers Over Disputed South China Sea

Cris Larano and Jeremy Page
Wall Street Journal
Development comes as former Philippine leader heads to China for talks on resolving maritime dispute.

South China Sea: Beijing Vow to Prosecute ‘Trespassers’

James Griffiths
CNN
China is still territorial under no ‘legal bias’.....

China Asks Vietnam to Investigate Report of Defaced Passport

Washington Post
The incident comes at a time of high tensions in the region.

Chinese Propaganda Video on South China Sea Will Be Played 120 Times Everyday in Times Square

Shanghaiist
The video will play from July 23rd to August 3rd.

China and Russia to Hold Joint Drills in South China Sea

BBC
The announcement follows a ruling by an international tribunal earlier this month that rejected China’s claims in the region.

China: The People’s Fury

Richard Bernstein from New York Review of Books
It has long been routine to find in both China’s official news organizations and its social media a barrage of anti-American comment, but rarely has it reached quite the intensity and fury of the last few days. There have been calls from citizens on...

Sinica Podcast

07.27.16

Whose Century Is It, Anyway?

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn & more from Sinica Podcast
Veteran China journalists Mary Kay Magistad and Gady Epstein discuss the increasingly complex “frenemyship” of China and the United States, the South China Sea, the role of “old China hands,” and how the Middle Kingdom is changing the world and...

Times Square Is Now In the Middle of a Fight Over the South China Sea

Beimeng Fu
Buzzfeed
China has taken its fight with the Philippines over who owns territory in the South China Sea to a whole new arena: Times Square. The state-run Xinhua announced Tuesday that a 3 minute long publicity video premiered on the Square’s “China...

Southeast Asian Nations Give Weak Rebuke to China Over South China Sea Dispute

Los Angeles Times
It exposes the deep divisions in a regional body that prides itself on unity.

China Sets Up South China Sea Environment Protection Fund

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
The funds would initially be spent on exploring the world's deepest underwater sinkhole...

China’s Relationship Status with South Africa: ‘It’s Complicated’

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
South Africa’s relationship with China has undergone a profound transformation in a remarkably short period of time. In less than 20 years, the two countries have gone from barely acknowledging one another to developing a deep partnership that...

Dialogue the Right Way Forward in Settling South China Sea Disputes

Fei Liena
Xinhua
“China's ‘dual-track’ approach offers an excellent opportunity” for dialogue, a Xinhua commentary argues...

South China Sea Spat Looms Over Asean Meeting in Laos

Ben Otto
Wall Street Journal
ASEAN has long been divided on the South China Sea.

China Upset by U.S. Republican Platform on South China Sea, Tibet

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
China's Foreign Ministry urged the U.S. Republican Party to stop making “groundless accusations” against China...

Interpreting the South China Sea Tribunal Ruling

Paul Haenle & Elizabeth Economy from Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
International responses to the tribunal’s ruling in the South China Sea have raised questions about the stability of the Asia-Pacific region and what roles the United States and China have in it. In this podcast, Paul Haenle and Elizabeth Economy...

South China Sea and Nice Attack Preoccupy Asian, European Leaders at ASEM

Peter Bittner
Diplomat
“We should attach great importance to the rule of law,” Japanese Prim Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Vietnam TV Station Drops Chinese Drama Over South China Sea Dispute

My Pham
Reuters
The decision comes as several Chinese celebrities speak up against the The Hague’s ruling.

China Announces New Military Drills in South China Sea

Financial Times
The new drills are the first since last week’s decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague.

Viewpoint

07.14.16

China’s Failure in the South China Sea

Orville Schell
By reiterating its policy of “no acceptance, no participation, no recognition, and no implementation,” China has painted itself into a difficult corner and diminished the chances of resolving the myriad maritime disputes—involving Vietnam, Brunei,...

Tribunal Has Handled Arbitration Case Irresponsibly, Law Experts Say

Li Xiaokun and Mo Jingxi
China Daily
‘I don't think China is getting a fair shake,’ one expert said...

Ruling ‘Null and Void,’ With No Binding Force

Fu Jing and An Baijie
China Daily
Nation remains committed to resolving maritime disputes through negotiation, President Xi says.

Here’s What China’s People Really Think About the South China Sea

Jessica Chen Weiss
Washington Post
Yes, Chinese people feel strongly about China’s island claims.

Conversation

07.12.16

China’s Claims in the South China Sea Rejected

Andrew S. Erickson, Peter Dutton & more
On Tuesday in the Hague, the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected China’s claims that a scattering of rocks and reefs in the contested South China Sea qualify as Exclusive Economic Zones for China. The court found in favor of the Philippines’...

South China Sea: Tribunal Backs Case Against China Brought By Philippines

BBC
Tribunal in The Hague says China has violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights....

Viewpoint

07.07.16

The South China Sea Needs ASEAN More Than Ever

Yanmei Xie
A ruling from The Hague next week on maritime disputes in the South China Sea is likely to exacerbate frictions between China and the U.S. Both would be better off respecting the central role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

China Paper Warns U.S. of ‘Price’ to Pay in South China Sea

Washington Post
U.S. is dangerously close to China’s “bottom line”......

China Has Cordoned 100,000 Square Kilometers of the South China Sea For Military Drills

Echo Huang
Quartz
Drills are expected to run a day before the UN-backed tribunal ruling is issued, July 11...

Beijing Slams South China Sea Case as Court Ruling Nears

Ben Blanchard and Anthony Deutsch
Reuters
"China does not accept any dispute resolution from a third party."...

Top Chinese Envoy Visits Vietnam as South China Sea Tension Rises

Mai Nguyen and Martin Petty
Reuters
Yang Jiechi and Pham Binh Minh expressed a need for agreements that prevent rows from getting out of hand.

China Brushes Off Doubts Over Support on South China Sea, Says It's Growing

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
China has stepped up its rhetoric ahead of a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague.

China Ambassador Wu Jianmin's Death Sparks Foreign Policy Debate

Vincent Ni
BBC
Mr. Wu’s past comments resonate with many at a time of high tension the East and South China seas.

China and Indonesia in Maritime Clash

Ben Bland
Financial Times
Southeast Asian nations deeply divided over how to respond to Beijing’s assertive approach.

China Spy Ship ‘Shadowing’ U.S., Japanese, Indian Naval Drill in Western Pacific

Megha Rajagopalan
Reuters
U.S. tries to protect freedom of navigation, China challenges....

Vietnamese Fighter Jet Goes Missing Along South China Sea Coast

Martin Petty
Reuters
Jet goes missing 30-40 kilometers off the coast of Nghe An province....

Conversation

06.13.16

A War of Words Over the South China Sea

Edward Friedman, Feng Zhang & more
Beginning earlier this year, four-star Admiral Harry Harris, the U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific, has spoken out in speeches, interviews, private meetings, and testimony to Congress urging that the U.S. take more aggressive action against...

Filipino Nationalists Say Flag-Planting on Disputed Shoal Halted by China

Megha Rajagopalan
Reuters
The Filipinos' move comes as the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague prepares to deliver a ruling...

China Is Planning A Massive Sea Lab 10,000 Feet Underwater

Bloomberg
Plans for deep-sea platform—used for mineral hunting and likely military purposes—have been accelerated....

Environment

05.26.16

Beijing Calls South China Sea Island Reclamation a ‘Green Project’

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
Sand, cement, and Chinese military facilities now sit on top of some of the South China Sea’s once-thriving reefs; China has built over half a dozen new artificial islands in a bid to bolster its territorial claims in the hotly disputed region. Such...

G-7 Leaders Target China Over South China Sea Aggression; Vietnam Looks To Arms Procurement

Lydia Tomkiw
International Business Times
China argued that the situation in the South China Sea had “nothing to do” with the G-7.

Why Obama's Asia Trip Is Not Playing Well in China

CBS News
President Obama arrived Wednesday morning in Japan for the next leg of his Asia tour.

China Says Better US-Vietnam Ties Must Not Threaten Beijing

Matthew Lee
Associated Press
China has underlying concerns that closer relations between the two would undermine its claims in South China Sea. 

US, Not China, Militarising the South China Sea: FM

Ahmed Mansour
Al Jazeera
In an exclusive interview, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi discusses a wide-range of global issues...

Conversation

05.16.16

Escalation in the South China Sea

Julian G. Ku, M. Taylor Fravel & more
International tensions are rising over the shipping lanes and land formations in the South China Sea. Last week, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force scrambled fighter jets in response to a U.S. Navy ship sailing near the disputed Fiery Cross Reef...

Little Blue Men: The Maritime Militias Pushing China's Claims

Simon Tisdall
Guardian
Ostensibly civilian fishermen are ‘buzzing’ US navy ships and those of neighboring countries with rival territorial claims.

Beijing is Setting the Stage for War in the South China Sea

Steve Mollman
Quartz
Beijing is setting itself up to be repeatedly provoked in the South China Sea. It might even be counting on it.

China Says Has Wide Support for Stance on South China Sea Case

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
China says it is fully within its rights not to participate in a legal case lodged by the Philippines against Chinese claims.

China Scrambles Fighters as U.S. Sails Warship near Chinese-Claimed Reef

Michael Martina, Greg Torode and Ben...
Reuters
China denounced the U.S. patrol as an illegal threat to peace which only went to show its defense installations in the area were necessary.

Philippine Front-Runner Duterte Floats New Tactic in South China Sea Dispute

Jeremy Page and Trefor Moss
Wall Street Journal
Davao City mayor’s proposal is at odds with U.S.’s multilateral response on maritime disputes.

China Turns to Song and Dance in Thanking Workers on Disputed Island

Jane Perlez and Yufan Huang
New York Times
One of the most applauded songs of the evening was “This Is the Kind of Man We Want to Marry.”

China to Carry out More Military Drills in South China Sea

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
China's military will carry out more military exercises in the South China Sea this month involving advanced warships and submarines...

China Won't Allow Chaos or War on Korean Peninsula: Xi

Michael Martina
Reuters
China would safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea, meanwhile maintaining its sovereignty and rights there.

Storm Clouds Gather over South China Sea Ahead of Key U.N. Ruling

Simon Denyer
Washington Post
Signs that China might build more island ahead of a U.N. ruling have provoked the U.S. to step up its vigilance.

SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: Tussle over Plane; Russia Backs China

Hrvoje Hranjski, Christopher Bodeen,...
Associated Press
Tensions in the South China Sea are rising, pitting China against smaller and weaker neighbors that all lay claim to islands.

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