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Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling

October 30, 2018

By Axel Dessein 30 October 2018 In late September 2018, a Chinese Luyang-class destroyer nearly collided with the American destroyer U.S.S. Decatur during a Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea. These operations are essentially aimed at signalling a commitment to keeping the sea lanes open, the near-collision demonstrates that such commitments … Continue reading “Tactical Instability on the South China Sea and Sino-American Decoupling”


Why the Terminator might turn out to be Chinese: China’s bid for an AI-empowered military

April 13, 2018

By Clément Briens Science fiction’s portrayal of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has very often been centered on the fear of “killer robots” almost always often manufactured by the United States (US) government. The malevolent Skynet AI in the Terminator franchise, for instance, is developed by Cyberdyne Systems, a US military contractor. The AI in I, Robot … Continue reading “Why the Terminator might turn out to be Chinese: China’s bid for an AI-empowered military”


Sino-North Korean relationship: a rivalry in brewing?

March 29, 2018

By Yiming Yu   Interactions between China and North Korea always attract attention, particularly in the time of crisis. When Song Tao, a senior Chinese diplomat, visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in November 2017, to inform the outcome of Communist Party’s 19th Congress, the reports on this visit raised many observers’ eyebrows … Continue reading “Sino-North Korean relationship: a rivalry in brewing?”


The Cyber Espionage Predominant Purpose Test

March 22, 2018

By Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith   While ‘spying’ may strike some as indecorous state behaviour, it is essentially akin to a bodily function, like sneezing, that is necessary to sustaining the health of the body politic. But can international law meaningfully distinguish between cyberespionage for national security purposes and economic espionage? According to former U.S. Treasury … Continue reading “The Cyber Espionage Predominant Purpose Test”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part IV – Pyongyang: The View From Beijing

January 29, 2018

  By Riccardo Cociani There is nothing easy regarding Beijing’s strategic calculus about North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK). China’s difficult relationship with the DPRK rests upon balancing its vital interests: first, peace and stability on the Korean peninsula; second, its denuclearization; third, the preservation of its influential relationship with DPRK; fourth, crisis-prevention[1]. … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part IV – Pyongyang: The View From Beijing”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part III – The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective

January 25, 2018

By Dean Chen The Taiwan issue is concerned with the political status of Taiwan: whether it should reunify with Mainland China, declare independence as Republic of Taiwan, or maintain the status quo of being de facto independent but de jure remaining within the ‘One China’ framework. While mainstream perspectives focus on Taiwan’s geopolitical significance and … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part III – The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part II – The view from Tokyo

January 22, 2018

By Andrea Fischetti Characterised as a peace-loving nation, Japan has earned this favourable international reputation through a combination of its culture and society. Also, the Constitution does not allow the country to possess offensive military capabilities.[1] Nonetheless, it is involved in territorial and political disputes with most of its neighbours, and at times, its foreign … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part II – The view from Tokyo”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Introduction – One Region, Different Standpoints

January 18, 2018

By Andrea Fischetti   Northeast Asia is a region of crucial importance, from a strategic and economic point of view.   East Asia is home to one fifth of the world’s population, and some of the global economic powerhouses. In particular, the second and third world largest economies, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Introduction – One Region, Different Standpoints”


The South China Sea: Understanding the Dragon’s Appetite for Islands

August 1, 2017

By Sarah Choong Ee Mei According to an ancient Chinese war treatise, as described in Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, “if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.’’ [1] Despite the fact that the South China Sea island disputes are one of the biggest … Continue reading “The South China Sea: Understanding the Dragon’s Appetite for Islands”


Trump and China: Chaos or Harmony?

January 20, 2017

By: Professor Kerry Brown In the brutal and divisive presidential election campaign in the US over 2016, if foreign policy figured in the words of the then candidate Donald Trump, it was largely in the context of seeing the outside world as a place which had benefited asymmetrically with the USA in the realm of … Continue reading “Trump and China: Chaos or Harmony?”


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