Geography/Asia/South China Sea

  • Manning in Foreign Policy: Stop the South China Sea Charade


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  • Piiparinen in China-US Focus - Phishing in the South China Sea: Cyber Operations and Hybrid Warfare in the Troubled Waters


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  • Trump-Xi Summit: ‘America First’ Paves the Way for the ‘Chinese Dream’

    US President Donald J. Trump’s “America First” policy—marked by a retreat from multilateralism—has paved the way for China to step into the void and for its president, Xi Jinping, to realize his “Chinese Dream,” according to two Atlantic Council analysts.

    Trump and Xi met at the US president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on April 6 for a two-day summit.

    Trump’s “America First” policy is a “double-edged sword” for China, said Robert A. Manning, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and its Strategic Foresight Initiative.

    “On the one hand, Trump is handing the ‘Chinese Dream’ to Xi on a silver platter,” said Manning. Xi has described the “Chinese Dream” as “the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” But on the “flip side is American nationalism… and Trump’s indictments of China,”...

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  • Manning Quoted VOA on Chinese Presence in the South China Sea


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  • Trump’s National Security Advisor Seeks to Reassure Allies

    US President-elect Donald Trump’s national security advisor, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, on January 10 sought to reassure US allies of the incoming administration’s commitment to alliances.

    Flynn said the incoming National Security Council’s mission, guided by Trump’s vision to “make America great again,” will be supported by an overarching policy of “peace through strength.”

    “As we examine and potentially re-baseline our relationships around the globe we will keep in mind the sacrifices and deep commitments that many of our allies and our partners have made on behalf of our security and our prosperity,” Flynn said at a conference at the US Institute of Peace that was co-hosted by the Atlantic Council.

    “In fact,” he added, “alliances are one of the great tools that we have and the strength of those alliances magnify our own strengths.”

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  • Trouble with the Philippines

    Tensions between the United States and the Philippines—a former US colony with which Washington has had a mutual defense treaty since 1951—have put a question mark over the future of the relationship and are being watched warily by countries in the Asia-Pacific.

    Noting that the US-Philippines treaty alliance has been a “foundation for stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region,” Jamie Metzl, a nonresident senior fellow for technology and national security in the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, said: “Many other countries in Asia, especially those fearful of Chinese aggression, are watching what happens in the Philippines and looking at how that might change the balance of power in the South China Sea.”

    “For countries like Vietnam, that are for good reason extremely fearful of China’s behavior, Philippines’ actions could well encourage them to strengthen their relationship with the United States as a way of...

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  • Metzl Quoted by VnExpress on Tensions in the South China Sea


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  • Manning in Nikkei Asian Review: The South China Sea Enigma: The Fish Imperative


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  • Obama Makes Final Asia Trip Amid Questions About US Reliability

    US President Barack Obama’s final official trip to Asia comes amid uncertainty over the future of a signature trade pact aimed at preventing China from setting the rules of global trade and at a time when Beijing has shown an increasing willingness to challenge US power.

    Obama, who has described himself as the first Pacific president, will arrive in Hangzhou, China, on September 3 where he will attend a meeting of the leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) industralized nations and also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    “All eyes will be on the US-China relationship, by far the most important bilateral relationship in the world, as world leaders congregate in Hangzhou,” said Jamie Metzl, a nonresident senior fellow for technology and national security in the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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  • A Modest Arms Sale of Obsolete Aircraft to India?

    There may be more to Lockheed’s Made-in-India deal than first meets the eye.

    The US Air Force and those of other NATO countries are phasing out F-16s much sooner than anticipated. This implies that performance of F-35s has met expectations, and that there are no obvious show-stoppers to ramping up production as fast as budgets allow. The F-15, F-16, and F/A-18 production lines are all slated to close by 2020. But there is more to this deal, as it has the potential to alter the balance of power in South and Southeast Asia over the next decade.

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