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08/06/2014

Why Does Vietnam Claim There Is a Xisha Islands Dispute?

Why Does Vietnam Claim There Is a Xisha Islands Dispute?

The Vietnamese government has gone back on its word by making territorial claims for China’s Xisha Islands. Lu Yang believes that it is a violation of the principles of international law.

07/11/2014

How We Should Not Misread China?

While borrowing Chinese President Xi’s hope that the United States would take into consideration the Chinese perspective when it comes to territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, Wang Dong criticizes widely spread US misperception and misunderstanding of China’s foreign policy behavior, and argues that the absence of the Chinese perspective may have led to much of the misreading of China’s behavior.

06/30/2014

China-Vietnam Oilrig Crisis and Strategic Trust

In light of China’s deployment of a mega oilrig in waters that Vietnam considers part of its Exclusive Economic Zone, Carlyle A. Thayer analyses what amounts to an unexpected provocation of Vietnam by China.

06/26/2014

Is China the Japan of Seven Decades Past?

Is China the Japan of Seven Decades Past?

Given recent territorial moves by China, as well as heightened aggressive rhetoric, Curtis Chin analyzes the parallels between China currently and Japan as it existed in the past. Additionally, Chin asserts that the world’s powers should work to lower tensions so that peace and prosperity can exist in the Asia-Pacific region.

06/23/2014

China’s Shangri-La Challenge: Balancing Power and Norms in the China Seas

Following this year’s Shangri-la Dialogue, Alessio Patalano examines U.S. and Japanese tensions with China, provides insight into China’s current disputes in the East and South China Seas, and recommends a policy of engagement to create a more effective security environment in East Asia.

06/17/2014

Following International Norms and Laws

Following International Norms and Laws

China supports international norms and abides by international law; however, it is also justified in advancing legitimate sovereign interests. As in the case of the US during the Cold War, when armed forces were deployed on Taiwan or when the US instituted an ADIZ, it is appropriate for China to promote international law unless sovereign interests are at stake.

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