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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

CogitAsia Podcast: How to Build an Artificial Island

By CogitAsia, 27 May 2016 The CogitAsia podcast explores how China is building artificial islands in the South China Sea . Dr. John McManus of the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School gives a step by step guide to construction and describes the techniques China has used in building up reefs in the South China Sea. … Continue reading

Grappling with the Fait Accompli: A Classical Tactic in the Modern Strategic Landscape

By Van Jackson War on the Rocks, 31 May 2016  Good scholarship doesn’t need to fit within a 2×2 matrix, but it sure helps make sense of things when it does. It’s in this spirit of conceptual clarity that I developed the diagram below depicting variations in the fait accompli, an age-old but underappreciated tactic … Continue reading

China and Vietnam: Land Reclamation Comparison

By Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative China has sought to deflect criticism of its island building in the South China Sea by accusing other claimants, especially Vietnam, of doing the same. AMTI has examined each of the islets and reefs Vietnam occupies in the Spratly Islands and found evidence of reclamation at 10 of them. The … Continue reading

Halt reef destruction in South China Sea

Author:  Elizabeth M. P. Madin Nature Correspondence, Nature Volume 524, p. 291 (20 August 2015) China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea has raised geopolitical concerns (see go.nature.com/tmrpih). It is also destroying coral reefs on a large scale — together with their fragile ecosystems. This loss of reef habitat is estimated from high-resolution satellite imagery … Continue reading

Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs

Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs Camilo Mora, Iain R. Caldwell, Charles Birkeland, John W. McManus PLoS Biology March 31, 2016 Citation: Mora C, Caldwell IR, Birkeland C, McManus JW (2016) Dredging in the Spratly Islands: Gaining Land but Losing Reefs. PLoS Biol 14(3): e1002422. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002422   Abstract Coral reefs on remote islands and … Continue reading

Networked Transparency: Constructing a Common Operational Picture of the South China Sea

Authors: Dr. Van Jackson, Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper, Paul Scharre, Harry Krejsa, and Commander Jeff Chism Center for a New American Security I. Introduction The South China Sea is strategically important and resource-rich, crucial to the lifeblood of U.S. and Indo-Pacific economies. Roughly one-third, or $5 billion, of the world’s commercial shipping passes through its waterways annually. … Continue reading

What is China doing in the South China Sea?

What is China doing in the South China Sea? Leszek Buszynski Australian Outlook China’s militarisation of its claims in the South China Sea are an attempt  to force ASEAN claimants into negotiating a resolution on Chinese terms and not according to international law, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and … Continue reading

South China Sea: Vietnam’s Land Reclamation 1.9%

South China Sea: Vietnam’s Land Reclamation 1.9% Carlyle A. Thayer Background Briefing Question: We request your assessment of the report on Vietnam’s Land Reclamation just released by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) at the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C. http://amti.csis.org/vietnam-island-building/ What do you make of it? Has Vietnam been reclaiming … Continue reading

The South China Sea Newsletter: Volume 2 (March 2015)

The South China Sea Newsletter: Volume 2; March 2015 Hao Duy Phan ACTS OF CLAIMANTS 31 March 2015: China’s Plan For ASEAN-China Maritime Cooperation While much attention at the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia this weekend was lavished on China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and other grand proposals, Beijing also held a ceremony on the sidelines … Continue reading

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