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Viet Nam and the South China Sea’s Roiled Waters

Author: Carlyle A Thayer APPS Policy Forum, 30 January 2017 Shining a spotlight on Vietnam’s militarisation in the Spratlys — Vietnam’s military activities in the South China Sea, while not on the same scale as China’s, pre-date them considerably and are squarely aimed at maintaining a balance of power in the region, Carlyle A Thayer writes. On … Continue reading

The Collateral Damage from China’s ‘Great Wall of Sand’ – The Environmental Dimensions of the South China Sea Case

Author: Tim Stephens Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17/06, January 2017 Forthcoming in 2017 in Volume 34 of the Australian Year Book of International Law. Abstract This contribution to the Australian Year Book of International Law’s agora on the South China Sea case assesses its treatment of fisheries and environmental issues. These matters might seem only … Continue reading

In the Wake of Arbitration – Papers from the Sixth Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference

Papers from the Sixth Annual CSIS South China Sea Conference Editors: Murray Hiebert, Gregory B. Poling, Conor Cronin January 25, 2017 The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted its sixth annual South China Sea conference in July 2016. The conference provided four panels of highly respected experts from 10 countries with a first … Continue reading

Beijing’s Missile Deployments in the South China Sea Whither the Code of Conduct?

Author: Koh Swee Lean Collin APPS Policy Forum, 11 January 2017 Can a form of arms control succeed in stopping the increasing militarisation of the South China Sea, or is the proposed Code of Conduct doomed to fail, Koh Swee Lean Collin asks. Quoting US officials, Fox News on 23 December 2016 revealed that China had … Continue reading

First Reactions to the Philippines v China Arbitration Award Concerning the Supposed Historic Claims of China in the South China Sea

Author: Clive R. Symmons Asia-Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy 1 (2016) 260-267 Judging from the conferences I have already attended on the Award on the Merits of the Arbitral Tribunal in the case of Philippines v China (2016), the Tribunal’s award has already received much critical comment from many international lawyers. However this may … Continue reading

Fishing, Not Oil, Is at The Heart of The South China Sea Dispute

Authors: Clive Schofield, Rashid Sumaila, William Cheung The Conversation, 16 August 2016 — Abstract: Contrary to the view that the South China Sea disputes are driven by a regional hunger for seabed energy resources, the real and immediate prizes at stake are the region’s fisheries and marine environments that support them. It is also through the fisheries dimensions … Continue reading

South China Sea Strategies: Determining China’s Next Move in the Region

Author: Alexander L. Vuving Indo-Asia-Pacific Defense Forum, Volume 41, Issue 3, 2016: 26-31 Since 2014, the Spratly Islands have remained a large and unique construction site. Workers aboard dozens of Chinese vessels have been cutting coral and dredging sand to turn previously submerged reefs into artificial islands. In less than a year, they created more than … Continue reading

Regional Security Outlook 2017

Editor: Ron Huisken Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific CONTENTS Page 4: The Outlook for Security in the Asia Pacific: Adverse Trends Gaining Momentum – Ron Huisken Page 7: Challenges to U.S. Leadership – Abroad and at Home – Portend Greater Uncertainty for the Asia-Pacific – Bates Gill Page 10: East Asia 2016: A … Continue reading

Legal and Geographical Implications of the South China Sea Arbitration

Author: Clive Schofield National Asian Security Studies Program Issue Brief, Issue 1, No. 5.1 (2016) The following are excerpts of the paper: Introduction On 12 July 2016 the Arbitral Tribunal in in the case between the Philippines and China delivered its Award, following its earlier 29 October 2015 Award on Jurisdiction and Admissibility.[1] The Tribunal was constituted … Continue reading

Implications of the July 2016 Arbitral Tribunal Ruling

Author: Nguyen Dang Thang National Asian Security Studies Program Issue Brief, Issue 1, No. 5.2 (2016) The following is an excerpt of the paper: Introduction For a considerable time now efforts to manage disputes and promote cooperation in the South China Sea have been inhibited by the lack of an equitably defined geography of disputed and … Continue reading

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