Aug 24, 2011

Taiwan arms deal serves as litmus test of U.S. resolve

Buoyed by growing economic and military strength, China is drawing more lines in the sand in the vast, but disputed, offshore zones in Asia over which it claims sovereignty or jurisdiction. These “red lines,” which China warns should not be crossed, affect the vital ...

Aug 17, 2011

ASEAN faces a Chinese dilemma

As the United States and Europe struggle with heavy debts and weak growth, China increasingly powers the expansion of nearly every economy in the Asia Pacific region. It raises a critical question, particularly for Southeast Asia and Australia: Which are the ties that bind ...

Aug 3, 2011

U.S. reputation suffers in Asia

U.S. prominence in Asia since World War II has rested on a widespread belief among friends, foes and nonaligned nations alike that Washington would use its economic and military power to prevent what it saw as dangerous challenges to the region’s peace, stability and ...

Jul 21, 2011

Watershed moment in China's food security

China appears to have reached a watershed in its food security strategy, which has long set a target of 95 percent self-sufficiency in four key grains — rice, wheat, corn and soybeans. If recent trends continue, the world’s most populous nation and second-largest economy ...

Jul 13, 2011

China raises undersea ante

Nestled on the deck of its mother ship, China’s most advanced deep-sea submersible is on its way to the depths of the central Pacific Ocean in a program that is being closely watched in Asia and the West for its mining and military potential ...

Jun 22, 2011

China ups the ante in South China Sea disputes

China appears to be increasingly determined to strengthen its presence and control in areas of the South China Sea close to Southeast Asia that it sees as strategically and economically important. The Philippines recently accused Chinese navy and maritime surveillance ships of intruding into ...

Jun 20, 2011

South China Sea is not Shangri-La

As China’s power becomes ever more obvious, especially to neighbors in Asia, Chinese leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to reconcile soothing words with assertive actions. The recent attempt by China’s defense minister to assure Southeast Asian countries and other nations that see the ...

Jun 1, 2011

China steps up drilling, intimidation

China recently launched an oil and natural gas drilling platform that may be as significant as military modernization in buttressing Beijing’s claims to control most of the islands, water and seabed in the maritime heart of Southeast Asia. Designed to withstand typhoons, the giant ...

May 26, 2011

Asia's shaky water and energy balancing act

Much of central China along the Yangtze River is in the grip of its worst energy crisis in years. The electricity cuts for industry and households have been exacerbated by a five-month drought that has dried up rivers, reducing hydroelectric generating capacity and leaving ...

May 21, 2011

Exploiting the ocean's riches

In the 1970s, the oil and natural gas industry decided to take a leap into the deep. With many of the biggest and cheapest petroleum deposits on land already discovered, the search for new finds went offshore into ever-deeper waters. The move has transformed ...