Jul 30, 2012

China's gunboat diplomacy

There is a saying in international diplomacy: Watch what countries do, rather than what they say. China’s recent actions in asserting its claims to ownership and other forms of jurisdiction over about 80 percent of the South China Sea speak louder than its oft-repeated ...

Jul 19, 2012

Time to dial down Senkakus friction

Japan’s ambassador to China warned last month that plans by the Tokyo municipal government to buy islands in the East China Sea claimed by Beijing but administered by Japan could trigger an “extremely grave crisis” between East Asia’s two top powers. Uichiro Niwa, a ...

Jun 28, 2012

China's iron fist in a velvet glove

China could easily grab control of the disputed Scarborough Shoal fishing grounds in the South China Sea using its increasingly modern and powerful armed forces. Chinese naval, air and amphibious units, working in unison, already have the capability to enforce Beijing’s claims of island ...

Jun 13, 2012

China's demographic crunch

Just four years from now, China will pass a milestone. Its huge workforce will peak and start shrinking. This will make it more difficult for the world’s second largest economy to continue the turbo-charged growth that has played a key role in the rise ...

Jun 7, 2012

Thirst for energy driving China's foreign policy

The United States and China, the world’s top users of energy, are heading in opposite directions. It is a trend that has major geostrategic implications for the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. is more certain that most of its future oil and gas will be ...

May 8, 2012

Cutting-edge navy vessels deploy to Singapore

Four high-speed U.S. Navy vessels will soon start operating from Singapore. They will be the new face of the U.S. Navy for maritime policing and partnership-building in Asia-Pacific waters, where many countries in the region are trying to find a way to balance the ...

Apr 19, 2012

The North Korean wild card

In a quantum leap over North Korea’s controversial though unsuccessful long-range rocket launch on April 13, India plans to test not just one but three ballistic missiles in quick succession over the next week, including the first firing of its Agni 5 missile with ...

Apr 11, 2012

More than a satellite at stake

In 1998, North Korea caused widespread alarm by firing a rocket over Japan’s main island of Honshu into the Pacific Ocean. It followed this provocative move by more long-range missile tests in 2006 and 2009. Despite even stronger international opposition today, Pyongyang appears determined ...

Apr 5, 2012

U.S. and allies move to counter Chinese power

The pieces of a new strategic kaleidoscope in the Asia-Pacific region are starting to fall into place as allies and security partners of the United States seek to deter China from using or threatening force to achieve its expansive aims, particularly in the South ...

Apr 4, 2012

Why Cameron's Mariana Trench dive matters

Most people live and work on land. Some journey by air, or go to sea. But all return to the land. Our terrestrial view of the world defines exploration. As we spread and settle on land that was once wilderness, there seems little left ...