Tian Shichen, Vice President & Senior Research Fellow, Grandview Institution
May 23, 2019
Maritime legal controversies in the South China Sea are not as bad as they are often characterized. However, divides are exacerbated by American unwillingness to accept international standards such as the UN Law of the Sea — and made worse by the Eurocentric bias of current international law, which has long ignored Asian cultures and traditions.
Peng Nian, Assistant Fellow, National Institute for South China Sea Studies
May 21, 2019
Recent US Navy drills in the South China Sea invited old friends like Japan and the Philippines, but also new partners like India. An expanded US military presence in these disputed waters is part of America’s “Indo-Pacific Strategy” to block Chinese military expansion — and perhaps to apply pressure during ongoing trade talks.
May 20, 2019
The U.S. military said one of its warships sailed near the disputed Scarborough Shoal claimed by China in the South China Sea on Sunday, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two biggest economies.
May 09, 2019
U.S.-led drills represents a fresh challenge to Beijing.
Chen Xiangmiao, Assistant Research Fellow, China National Institute for South China Sea Studies
May 08, 2019
Despite Duterte’s fiery anti-US rhetoric, the Philippines and the US retain their strong military alliance. Similarly, on China-Philippines relations, Manila’s bark is worse than its bite — alongside South China Sea disagreements, the two sides have rapidly expanding economic ties. A bilateral (not trilateral) approach, with respect for each side’s red lines, is the key to avoiding escalation and deepening cooperation.
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III, Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress
May 08, 2019
Warming political ties over the past three years are beginning to produce economic and security dividends for both China and the Philippines. However, low public trust in China may not easily dissipate.
May 06, 2019
Two navy warships sailed near islands claimed by China in South China Sea on Monday.
Richard Javad Heydarian, Professorial Chairholder in Geopolitics, Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Apr 29, 2019
The Filipino president is facing domestic backlash over his Beijing-friendly policies amid crucial midterm elections, which serve as a referendum on Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency.
Dan Steinbock, Founder, Difference Group
Apr 11, 2019
In the contested South China Sea, there are increasing concerns about public agendas fueled by private interests. The structures of Albert del Rosario's think-tank and its many bedfellows are a case in point.
Apr 10, 2019
USS Wasp spotted near China-occupied feature, ABS-CBN says.