If the U.S. pursues U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson's South China Sea position as policy, it will almost certainly mean high tension, instability and conflict in the region.
U.S.-China relations in general — and particularly in the South China Sea — are likely in for a rough patch.
America's colonial rule still casts a long shadow over the Philippines and its relationship with the U.S.
The South China Sea contretemps has taken a decided turn for the worse.
The Sunnylands Declaration is full of false hopes and disengenousness.
The deceit and hypocrisy of nearly all the claimants and major actors are complicating and confusing the issues in the South China Sea.
When the U.S. last fall sent a warship on a Freedom of Navigation Operation near a Chinese-occupied reef, the message was unfortunately both confused and confusing.
Singapore may not want to admit it, but it is now part of the U.S. military challenge to China — and the risk that entails.
In Asia, multilateral maritime security regimes are not robust, but what exists is a start — a shaky foundation — that hopefully can be firmed up and built upon.