Why the South China Sea is on the verge of an environmental disaster

(From The National Interest) Of all the “strategic” challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific region, none is as underrated as the destruction of the marine ecosystem. The South China Sea’s status as a critical waterway draws attention away from the fact that… Read More ›
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RAND’s ‘Unthinkable’ war with China

A new study by the RAND Corporation for US Army presents questionable assumptions while examining a possible long and severe or short US-China war. In a sinister way, it focuses on the military and economic losses and costs and ignores the tragic… Read More ›
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China appears to be more aggressive after the South China Sea ruling

A series of recent statements and moves from China shows it has become more antagonistic after the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s (PCA) July 12 ruling that invalidated many of the rising superpower’s claims and actions in the South China Sea…. Read More ›
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Philippines envoy Ramos ‘optimistic’ about ice breaking China trip

By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) – Former Philippines President Fidel Ramos on Tuesday named the head of a Chinese government think-tank among the experts and officials he hoped to meet on a trip to rekindle ties with China soured… Read More ›
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New images suggest China has built ‘reinforced hangars’ on Spratlys

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Recent satellite photographs show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, according to a Washington-based think tank. Pictures taken in late July show the hangars constructed on… Read More ›
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China must respect Filipino fishermen’s right to livelihood after Hague ruling

China is still preventing Filipinos from fishing in the Scarborough Shoal despite a historic ruling by an international tribunal favoring them. Adding to their woes comes a new ruling by China’s Supreme Court which says people caught illegally fishing in… Read More ›
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China court warns against illegal fishing in riposte to South China Sea ruling

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Supreme Court said on Tuesday that people caught illegally fishing in Chinese waters could be jailed for up to a year, issuing a judicial interpretation defining those waters as including China’s exclusive economic zones. An arbitration… Read More ›
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US diplomatic strategy on South China Sea appears to fail after Hague ruling

By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the lead-up to an international court ruling on China’s claims in the South China Sea early this month, United States officials had talked about rallying a coalition to impose “terrible”… Read More ›
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