territorial disputes
Unofficially Official: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific and  the U.S.-Japan-Taiwan alliance

Unofficially Official: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific and the U.S.-Japan-Taiwan alliance

Co-author: Misato Matsuoka* There is a lot of buzz about U.S. rebalancing policy, but at the end of the day it is not a massive policy change from the U.S. perspective and neither is it one from the perspective of U.S. allies and partners, old and emerging ones, in the region. The increase of a...

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Medium: Japan: Flat-Tops or Not?

  My first article at Medium is out, on Japan’s recent history of naval aviation and future prospects for aircraft carriers. You’ll find it here.

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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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Japanese Media: Taiwan-Japan Fishing Deal Strategically Significant

Japanese Media: Taiwan-Japan Fishing Deal Strategically Significant

Following on from Michal Thim’s ASW post, which contains the details of the deal, the Japanese media reaction has been illuminating, and it appears to be the number one story alongside North Korean missiles on most Japanese news sites. Something appeared to be stirring in late March when it was reported in the Japanese media...

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Senkaku Breakthrough: Taiwan and Japan agree on fishing rights

Senkaku Breakthrough: Taiwan and Japan agree on fishing rights

Japan and Taiwan have signed a ground-breaking agreement on fishing rights that leaves China isolated in the territorial dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyutai islands. According to Taipei Times, major elements of the agreement are: intervention-free fishing zone for Taiwanese fishing boats in waters between 27° north latitude and the Sakishima Islands, Okinawa Prefecture; furthermore, Taiwan is given...

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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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Senkakus/Diaoyu Islands Standoff De-Escalates

When China describes something as a “core interest”, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. A core interest is exactly what it sounds like — something that China views as essential to China’s economy and security. Perhaps more importantly the core interest label tends to denote something that China believes is not open to...

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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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Guest Post: Have the Dokdo Ad Wars Begun?

Guest Post: Have the Dokdo Ad Wars Begun?

Tokyo has placed ads in Japanese laying claims on ownership. Are the battle lines being set?

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China Now Using Cruise Ship to Haul Troops, Tanks, Artillery

China Now Using Cruise Ship to Haul Troops, Tanks, Artillery

China’s newest addition to its military is subtle, stylish and has wireless internet access. It’s a 36,000-ton pleasure boat capable of disgorging thousands of troops and hundreds of vehicles held inside its belly. Meet the good ship Bohai Sea Green Pearl.

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