South China Sea
Vietnamese Prime Minister to Open 12th IISS Asia Security Summit

Vietnamese Prime Minister to Open 12th IISS Asia Security Summit

by ROBERTO TOFANI Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, will deliver the keynote address at the 12th IISS Asia Security Summit(1), also called the Shangri-La Dialogue, which will convene in Singapore from 31 May to Jun 2. The meeting is “a Track One security summit which brings together defense ministers, armed forces’ commanders, and the...

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Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos -- Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 1

Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos — Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 1

by ROBERTO TOFANI Quang Ngai – “In South China Sea—East Sea as referred by the Vietnamese–China is unable to present historical evidence of its claim. Its territory was historically limited to Hainan island, thus Chinese used force to illegally occupy rocks, features and islands in the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos”. With these remarks, Prof. Pham Dang...

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Vietnam: New Law of the Sea Comes into Force

Vietnam: New Law of the Sea Comes into Force

by ROBERTO TOFANI With the Vietnamese Law of the Sea taking effect at the beginning of 2013, Hanoi writes another chapter on the maritime dispute in the South China Sea, referred by Vietnamese as the East Sea and by Filipinos as the West Sea. Adopted on Jun. 21 2012 with 99.8 percent of the vote...

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South Korea Nears Fighter Jet Deal with Philippines

South Korea Nears Fighter Jet Deal with Philippines

China's rising power is becoming a boon for its East Asian neighbors.

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New Destroyer Could be Chinese Sea Power Game-Changer

New Destroyer Could be Chinese Sea Power Game-Changer

China's new Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer will be a formidable addition to and central element of Beijing's new blue-water navy.

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Robert Farley and Taylor Fravel on China

ASW Twitter pals Robert Farley and Taylor Fravel appeared on Bloggingheads yesterday together to discuss Chinese internal politics, the Bo Xilai affair, the South China Sea, Air Sea Battle, and the possibility of conflict with China. It’s 50 minutes long but well worth your while, so fix yourself a drink and find yourself a comfortable...

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ICG Says South China Sea Primed for Armed Conflict

ICG Says South China Sea Primed for Armed Conflict

As China "occupies" the South China Sea with a military base and administrative body to "govern" roughly 80 percent of the region, an International Crisis Group report released Tuesday says "tensions can easily spill over into armed conflict.”

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Japan’s Regional Security Environment and Possibilities for Conflict

The next 5 months could be one of high drama and tension in East Asia geopolitics due to various leadership transitions and elections. In South Korea we have already seen election year sensitivities coming to have real life policy consequences with the last-minute cancellation of the ACSA/GSOMIA military accords between Japan and the ROK. With the presidential...

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