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Duterte Faces Hard Choice Mending Ties with China and Keeping Alliance with the U.S.
While Duterte seriously values the Philippines’ long-standing security alliance with the U.S., he seems to be more enthusiastic in repairing the Philippines’ damaged political ties with China. Rommel Banlaoi warns, however, that excessive accommodation of China could potentially undermine the Philippines’ long standing alliance with the United States.
Sources: C.I.A., NASA, China Maritime Safety Administration
Three Birds, One Stone: FON Operations in South China Sea
Differences over freedom of navigation mainly originate from different interpretations of UNCLOS. As China extends the reaches of its maritime power, the operational capability at sea of the PLA Navy may be constrained due to the question of EEZ jurisdiction, which will invite cooperation with the US at appropriate times. The two countries would benefit from developing a common language on freedom of navigation.
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Staying the Course: Maintaining Momentum in U.S.-China Relations
The following is the text of the prepared speech by C.H. Tung, chairman of the China-United States Exchange Foundation, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC on May 11,2016. Staying the Course: Maintaining Momentum in US-China Relations by C H Tung at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace […]
Tensions Are Under Control in the South China Sea
To advance its rebalancing strategy, the U.S. will continue to meddle in the South China Sea issue, using its political, diplomatic, public opinion and even military tools to challenge China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests to build obstacles to China’s development. But it will limit the scale and intensity of such actions to avoid upsetting well-established cooperation between the two countries on critical issues.
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Courting India, the Philippines and Others to Maintain U.S. Hegemony in South China Sea
The U.S. military is back in the Philippines after a fourteen-year hiatus, sending the message that it will work with its allies to pushback on Beijing’s expanding presence in the disputed SCS, while also reinforcing belief amongst the Chinese and many others that U.S. is only raising military stakes to thwart China’s rise.
Philippines Elections 2016: How to Navigate Between the U.S. and China
In the past six years, Washington and Manila have been cementing a military alliance, which is reassuring to many Filipinos but leaves some apprehensive – including the leading presidential contenders. Dr. Steinbcok poses that true hedging would seek security benefits from the U.S. defense umbrella; economic returns from trade and investment with China; and political advantages from cooperation with both nations.
China Doesn’t Accept or Recognize the South China Sea Arbitration
The move by the Philippines to take its territorial disputes to an international tribunal constitutes a serious threat to regional peace and stability. China will neither accept nor participate in the arbitration process. No matter what the final ruling will be, China will not recognize or implement it.
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.
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