Ian Storey Senior Fellow, ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute
Feb 01 , 2018
On Wednesday 17 January, the U.S. Navy conducted a much anticipated “freedom of navigation operation” (FONOP) in the South China Sea when the guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal.
Zhai Kun Professor, Peking University
Nov 29 , 2017
A reasonable progression could be from a “neighborhood community with a shared destiny” to “an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future”, to a “community with a shared future for mankind”.
Douglas Paal Vice President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Nov 07 , 2017
US President Donald Trump is making his first official visit to Asia. The 12-day tour of five countries will focus on easing doubts about the reliability of the United States and its leader. Given the challenges and possibilities for the US in Asia, that is an unambitious goal.
Shaun Tan Writer based in Hong Kong
Oct 20 , 2017
The Chinese diasporas in Southeast Asia are market-dominant minorities, and thus often a target for populist persecution. Defending them would be both the right thing and the expedient thing for China to do.
Jonathan Tai Research assistant, Inle Advisory Group
May 05 , 2017
National reconciliation does not just impact Myanmar’s political and economic interests; it is also important to China. As the largest neighbor and sharing the longest border with Myanmar, China has and will continue to play a prominent role in the nation’s stalled peace process..
Vikram Nehru Nonresident Senior Fellow, Carnegie Asia Program
Jan 11 , 2017
Given their economic and geographic proximity to China, Southeast Asian countries are beginning to warm up to the Chinese renminbi. At this stage, however, it would be premature for Southeast Asian governments to do much more than they have already done.
Brahma Chellaney Professor, Center for Policy Research
Dec 16 , 2016
Recent developments are highlighting how competition over shared water resources is a major contributory factor to the growing geopolitical discord in Asia. China’s “territorial grab” in the South China Sea has been accompanied by a quieter “freshwater grab” in transnational river basins. Reengineering trans-boundary water flows is integral to China’s strategy to employ power, control, influence, and fashion a strongly Sino-centric Asia. The upsurge of resource and territorial disputes has underscored the looming dangers. Various developments indeed are highlighting the linkage between water and peace.
Sajjad Ashraf Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore
Dec 14 , 2016
President-elect Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will quit the Trans-Pacific Partnership kills the stillborn deal. For the countries of Southeast Asia who joined this U.S. led pact, it is a moment of reflection over their policy choices, making them seek accommodation with a more certain China rather than a wavering U.S.
Curtis S. Chin Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank
Jose B. Collazo Southeast Asia Analyst and an Associate at RiverPeak Group
Oct 31 , 2016
Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo detail the challenge of stolen art and artifacts from Asian countries, outlining the ways the U.S. and China can cooperate to prevent illicit trade and promote the return of stolen antiquities. They emphasize educating the public on the importance of protecting Asia’s culture and history, strengthening and enforcing government laws on the issue, and calling upon the region’s museums, private galleries, and art dealers to help prevent illicit trade through cooperative transnational enforcement, and new technology to track an artifact’s provenance. The importance of tracking the art trade is made particularly important as private wealth has increased. Along with growing interest in collecting have come renewed concerns over connections to “blood antiquities” and illicit trade.
Catharin Dalpino Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University Washington Program
Nov 22 , 2016
If the Trump administration offers opportunities to improve U.S.-Thai relations, Bangkok will likely move to maximize them. What gains Washington may reap, however, can only be calculated when the shape and direction of a Trump foreign policy are more clearly defined.