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Asia Pacific Security

Beware the dragon: China sets sights on regional dominance

It is time for analysts and scholars to view China as an expansionist rising power. Spurred by a wave of ambitious new leaders, including Xi Jinping, a spike in Chinese

Asia Pacific Security

3 Myths about Beijing’s South China Sea ambitions

China has been accused of stoking regional tensions in the South China Sea. However, China’s grievances in the dispute have often been misinterpreted – for Beijing, the South China Sea

Asia Pacific Security

U.S. allies in the South China Sea

Can the U.S. count on its allies in the South China Sea to combat China’s increasing presence in the region? With its artificial island-building, China has transformed the entire South

Asia Pacific Politics

Catching the Dragon: Challenges and prospects for U.S.-China relations

How will the erosion of American power and China’s strategic interests shape the rules and institutions of a new international system? While China’s hegemonic power has reached its zenith in

Asia Pacific Politics

Business as usual after Vietnam’s 12th Party Congress

In January, Vietnam’s 12th Party Congress was held amid rumours of a power struggle for the country’s top political post of General Secretary. Despite this uncertainty, the status quo ultimately

Asia Pacific Security

What is Russia signalling by circumnavigating Japan?

Russia has circumnavigated Japan, signalling its role as a great power-player in the Asia-Pacific. During the Cuban Missile Crisis over 50 years ago, U.S. Secretary of Defense McNamara was known

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Is China drilling for oil in Vietnamese waters?

China’s Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig is reportedly once again operating in waters contested by Vietnam.  The rig’s return creates a number of risks for investors operating in Vietnam and

Asia Pacific Security

Maritime maneuvers signal turbulence for South China Sea

In this special guest post, Dr. Mohan Malik, a professor in Asian Security at Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, looks at how the collapse of the Chinese stock market and

Asia Pacific Security

How China is reforming its military

After months of discussion, President Xi has finally launched the expected reform of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), saluted as one of the most radical and at the same time

Economics South and Central Asia

What to expect in Southeast Asia in 2016

2016 will be an interesting year for Southeast Asia, as the region braces for changes in government (or none at all), implements the ASEAN economy community, and prepares for volatility