Executive Director, Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS)
Apr 23 , 2020
The advent of the novel coronavirus outbreak has created another breeding ground for conflict aside from the illness itself – social media. The spread of misinformation and the war of words occurring online is not conducive to the transnational cooperation that is necessary to alleviate this crisis.
Oct 15 , 2018
Vice President Mike Pence’s speech at the Hudson Institute signaled a far tougher American line on China. It is worth considering the Trump administration’s motivations for taking such an adversarial public stance now.
Feb 24 , 2017
The December 2016 incident involving a U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) was neatly wrapped up on December 20 after China returned the vehicle. Despite diverging legal interpretations, the management of the event reflected the political willingness of both countries to keep the South China Sea dispute under control and in a careful balance so that the situation does not escalate into a military confrontation.
Feb 18 , 2016
China's failure to appear in court demonstrates its continued position of "non-acceptance and non-participation" in the arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines. This arbitration could set a precedent that undermines the true spirit of the dispute settlement mechanism of UNCLOS.