Tag Archives: South China Sea

Balancing the U.S. Rebalance
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III compares China’s One Belt, One Road initiative with the U.S.’s Rebalance to Asia, ultimately advising that for the U.S. to be seen as not reacting to China’s growing regional influence, it would need a better appreciation of the security needs, growing aspirations, and economic demands of rising powers.
Situating the Philippines Between U.S. and China in South China Sea
As China’s permanent neighbor and the U.S.’ long-time ally, the Philippines has a unique role mediating between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea. However, if the Philippines fails to improve its current political relations with China, while continuously enhancing its defense alliance with the U.S., the Philippines can become a catalyst for the proverbial “Thucydides trap.”
Arbitration Could Upset Delicate Security Balance in South China Sea
Abandoning its past agreements with China and dismissing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea to settle maritime disputes through negotiations and consultation, the Philippines has chosen to take the issue to court. The author argues that the arbitral tribunal acted like the Philippines’ agent and the high-stake case could upset the delicate security balance in the region.
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When is a Gag Order Not a Gag Order?
The incident between Admiral Harris and the Obama Administration, if there was one, centered on policy. Effectively engaging China at the Nuclear Security Summit was seen much more productive than confronting China with U.S. military might. Offering counsel and then potentially having to implement policy that goes against that counsel is difficult, but a fundamental premise of civil-military relations.
Beijing Has Case for ‘Historic Rights’ at Sea
From time immemorial, traditional Chinese fishermen have continuously, reasonably and with certainty plied their trade in the semi-enclosed waters of the South China Sea. These traditional fishing practices date back a long time, have been invariable and unbroken, and conform to basic principles of justice and utility.
U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations Carry Potential Risks
The signing of a U.S.-China Memorandum of Understanding about air and maritime encounters provides a safety valve against any contingency in the South China Sea, but unlawful American provocations in the area continue to test relations between Washington and Beijing.
China’s Southeast Asian Infrastructure Drive
Actions in the South China Sea may sow mistrust with China’s neighbors, at the expense of China’s export-led infrastructure development growth. South China Sea Joint Development Areas, however, can enable China and Southeast Asia to reach a constructive, precedent-setting middle ground sidelining politics and focusing on mutually beneficial economics, like building a global electric grid.
South China Sea Tests Regional Security
Ideas of militarism, Cold War rivalries, and even check-and-balance methods are outdated and should be discarded. The construction of a new regional security framework has to be based on the principle of “common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security for all concerned,” as proposed by President Xi Jinping.
U.S. Chooses South China Sea as Main Arena to Contain China
Washington has forced its way into the issue to complicate it further and escalate of regional tension. Such an egocentric move is against the trend of the times and the fundamental interests of the countries in the region and is bound to end in failure.
Four Major Misjudgments by U.S. Military Commanders
Depending on military might to preserve US dominance of the globe is a strategic error on four counts, and that approach is oblivious to both China’s peaceful rise and the real desires of China’s neighbors.
Political Motives Behind U.S. Military Operations in South China Sea
With the deployment of advanced weaponry and coupled with extensive media coverage, the US military has put on a show similar to a Hollywood blockbuster. But war is not imminent: The US simply hopes to increase China’s costs for such sovereignty-defending activities through military, political, diplomatic and media tools – and embarrass China diplomatically.
China-U.S. Relations and the May 2016 Philippine Elections
Despite some negative social costs, most Philippine presidential candidates welcome American presence in the country because it provides deterrence from China’s assertive actions in the South China Sea. But China is very wary of EDCA and the subsequent increase of U.S. military presence in the Philippines because of Beijing’s long-standing fear of American containment.
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Implications of U.S. Carrier Strike Group Deployment in South China Sea
The US promise of promoting peace and stability in the South China Sea may sound familiar to regional players as they have heard very same slogans many times in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. All regional countries have to make concerted efforts to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.
China-U.S. Relations: Cooperation or Confrontation?
For many years, United States military airplanes and ships have conducted close-in surveillance operations on China. Recently, with a more ostentatious move, a U.S. Navy vessel sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Zhongjian Island in China’s Xisha Archipelago in violation of Chinese sovereignty. The U.S. claimed that they will continue the practice in the future.
Hawks as Corinthians: Thucydides and the “Stand Up to China” Argument
Hawks today see the U.S. as withdrawn, docile, and weak by choice. They see China as aggressively violating norms and threatening American leadership. Yet any action would wrongfully assume the differing Chinese expectations of honor, history, and geography.
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