President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the Nov. 13-14 East Asia Summit, the last stop on a lengthy Asia trip. This year’s meeting brings together the leaders of 16 Asia-Pacific countries, the United States, Canada and Russia for a discussion of regional and global issues, including trade and security. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation […]
Weakness begets weakness, that’s the motto on the Obama coat of arms
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As many commentators have noted, President-elect Donald Trump has been showing an affinity for populist strongmen whom President Obama kept at arm’s length. That includes Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, notorious for cursing Obama and for unleashing vigilante-style death squads targeting suspected drug dealers. But the United States has a long-standing military relationship with the Philippines […]
Many Western analysts see China’s foreign policy as intransigent, particularly regarding the South China Sea. With a new president in the Philippines and a new president-elect in the United States, is Beijing likely to shift its stance in the region? My research suggests China is more willing to compromise than we might expect. In recent […]
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is taking a dim view of his country’s long-standing partnership with the United States. Last week, Duterte announced to his Chinese audience, “I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow … there are three of us against the world — China, Philippines and Russia.” On Wednesday, the Philippine leader called for a […]
A long time US ally looks to China and Russia for the future
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On July 12, an International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) ruling dismissed much of China’s claim to the South China Sea. Since then, there has been a great deal of discussion on the legal ramifications, China’s response and public opinion. But where does this ruling leave the U.S. alliance with the Philippines — the […]
What’s the next step for China after the international tribunal’s July 12 ruling on the South China Sea? As anticipated, the Chinese government declared the ruling “null and void,” and without any “binding force.” Along with Chinese strategic interests in the South China Sea, the popular pressures on President Xi Jinping to respond are likely […]
On Tuesday, an international tribunal hearing a case on China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea issued a decision overwhelmingly in favor of the Philippines. Among other issues, it ruled that China had no legal basis under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the SEA (UNCLOS) to claim historic rights to resources […]
Not content to diminish American power on his watch, Barack Obama seems dead set on a course of action to ensure that he locks in that sadly reduced America for his successor. For some years the Chinese have been aggressively pushing their influence into the South China Sea. This is not some obscure region. Forty percent of the world’s trade and fifty percent of all | Read More »
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