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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”


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”


Strife Feature – Cautious waters in an Asian Century: Militarization in the South China Sea in 2017

April 6, 2017

By: Douglas Gray As stakeholders and policy makers work on predictions of the direction the Trump Administration’s foreign policy will take, uncertainty regarding Washington’s moves in the Asia-Pacific has mounted. Overtures from the new administration regarding a $54bn increase in the Pentagon’s military budget next year, a ten percent rise to ‘ensure America wins its … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Cautious waters in an Asian Century: Militarization in the South China Sea in 2017”


The Little Blue Men: China’s Maritime Proxy-Warfare Strategy

September 9, 2016

By: Cheng Lai Ki Maritime tensions in the East Asia region are undoubtedly a hallmark event of the early twenty-first century, as well as of the emergence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a regional superpower in the East. Concurrent to existing tensions between Japan, Korea and the PRC over islands in the … Continue reading “The Little Blue Men: China’s Maritime Proxy-Warfare Strategy”


How Japan can deter China’s increasing maritime activity

May 13, 2016

By: Gen Kawasaki The 21st century has seen China and Japan drift towards treacherously ‘warmer’ waters. The two countries have failed, over and over, to settle historical matters and territorial disputes over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. With a shifting balance of maritime power, their geostrategic calculations in the East and South China Sea cannot be overlooked. … Continue reading “How Japan can deter China’s increasing maritime activity”


Somewhere, under the sea: maritime claims and territorial disputes in the South China Sea

January 12, 2016

By: Cheng Lai Ki The territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve the maritime claims between several sovereign states within the region.  The tension fundamentally involves Brunei-Darussalam, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. Stepping into the 20th century, the world experienced the Chinese economic boom, leading to multiple actions gearing … Continue reading “Somewhere, under the sea: maritime claims and territorial disputes in the South China Sea”


Why Japan should put boots on the ground on the Senkaku Islands

May 25, 2015

By Alex Calvo: Halfway between Japan and Taiwan are the the Senkaku Islands. They are claimed by Beijing under the name Diaoyu and by Taipei with the label Diaoyutai. The islands are prime real estate from a strategic perspective. Despite rumblings to the contrary, Tokyo seems to be sticking to her policy not to deploy … Continue reading “Why Japan should put boots on the ground on the Senkaku Islands”


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