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What role does North Korea play in Chinese strategy?

A week after the summit between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ended, the steady drumbeat of analysis goes on. Much of the discussion has focused on what North Korea gained from the meeting.

Asia Pacific Security

China playing the long game with aircraft carrier plans

This week, China’s second aircraft carrier set out to begin testing, although it is not expected to enter service until 2020. The unnamed carrier is the first to be built in China—China’s other carrier was purchased from Ukraine.

Asia Pacific International Natural resources and energy Security

Catch-22 in the South China Sea: why preserving fish stocks is key to a resolution

ASEAN disunity means no end in sight for China’s island-building in the South China Sea. Yet those islands will destroy the coral reefs they are built on, and the very fish stocks China wants to control in the first place.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy Security

Risk of US-China showdown hangs over South China Sea

While all eyes are on North Korea, the shadow of a more traditional big-power conflict between the United States and China hangs over the South China Sea.

Asia Pacific Politics

Will the South China Sea dispute mark the downfall of ASEAN?

The South China Sea dispute revolves around territorial claims, and could have a significant impact on the future of ASEAN.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Vietnam and the Philippines dive back into contested waters

Both Vietnam and the Philippines restarted drilling and exploring for oil in contested waters in the South China Sea – risking the ire of China.

Asia Pacific Economics

Uncertain times, uncertain ties: Washington courts Vietnam amid regional tensions

Last week, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam travelled to Washington for a four-day summit, which is expected to further cement partnership.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

What China’s Aircraft Carrier Means for its Naval Defence Capabilities

On April 26 at the Dalian Shipyard, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier.

Economics

Go fish! Russian fishing ties with Vietnam set to strengthen

Changes in Russia’s domestic fishing market may push Russia closer to Vietnam and to sell more fish and agricultural products to Asian markets.

Asia Pacific Security

Trump wades into the South China Sea

Donald Trump appears disinclined to keep trade and security issues separate. The territorial dispute could send ripples through global markets.