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Beijing warns US to stay out of South China Sea dispute

China has sent a coded warning to the United States to stay out of the South China Sea dispute after Beijing was again accused of building permanent structures on islands in the area.

Speaking after talks with rival countries at a regional summit in Laos, premier Li Keqiang said China wanted to work with other countries to “dispel interference” in the contested maritime zone. [READ MORE]

Vietnam: A 'Pivot to Asia' for France?

French President Francois Hollande is paying a state visit to Vietnam from September 5 to 7. This represents a good omen for future exchanges between the two countries.

The emphasis will be officially put on cultural cooperation and the reinforcement of links between Paris and Hanoi. [READ MORE]

Time to rethink ASEAN

The East Asia Summit takes place in a shifting landscape. Tensions are brewing in the South and East China seas, the global economy is growing only slowly, and major trade accords face an uncertain future.

Yet few expect solutions from Asia-Pacific leaders gathering at the EAS. One major reason is that the group is a creature of ASEAN, which is dedicated to process, not results. [READ MORE]

How Laos Tries to Balance Its Powerful Neighbors

HONG KONG — A rare spotlight is being cast on Laos as world leaders, including President Obama, prepare to gather in its capital, Vientiane, for meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, and other countries beginning on Tuesday.

A former French colony that gained full independence in 1954, Laos is one of the world’s few remaining Communist countries. It has long depended on its neighbors China, Vietnam and Thailand for investment and political patronage.

Is ASEAN about to fracture?

The ten Southeast Asian nations making up ASEAN will also hold their summit in Vientiane, almost as a sideshow alongside the EAS. Yet they are there because ASEAN is at the centre of Asian regionalism and regional cooperation.

The ASEAN grouping celebrates its 50th anniversary next year and continues to defy the odds on falling apart. [READ MORE]

India-Vietnam Relations After Modi's Visit

Amid the changing regional and global political tides, the India-Vietnam partnership is of strategic importance in the Asia-Pacific century.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Vietnam was very timely considering the fact that his government has laid significant importance on strengthening links with Southeast Asian countries through his “Act East Policy.” [READ MORE]

Beijing is on the back foot over the South China Sea dispute - America must act now

Since the Tribunal constituted under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea handed down its unanimous and sweeping award on July 12 in the case brought by the Philippines against China, there has been an eerie calm in the waters of the South China Sea.

As expected, Beijing rejected the ruling, which found that China has no legal basis for claiming historic rights inside its nine-dash line that covers 62 percent of the South China Sea's approximately 1.4 million square miles of water. [READ MORE]

The Legacy of Obama’s “Pivot” to Asia

The administration will portray this as a victory lap, asserting that Obama is America’s first “Pacific president” (in fact, Richard Nixon made a similar claim in 1969, while William H. Taft, Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, and George H.W. Bush also spent formative years in the region).

The administration will also claim credit for a wave of initiatives that actually started in the George W. Bush administration (the G-20, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the strategic partnership with India, the Pacific Command force posture changes, etc.). [READ MORE]

Vietnam's Three Strategic Options

China’s actions in the South China Sea are increasingly militaristic. Due to Vietnam’s lack of strong treaty allies, the country is particularly vulnerable compared to its peers.

In response to Vietnam’s deteriorating security situation, it is likely to choose one of three strategies: 1) continue the current strategy of hedging between the U.S., China and Russia; 2) ally with the U.S. against China; or 3) develop Vietnam’s military capabilities, including a potential nuclear deterrent. [READ MORE]

A US-Vietnam Alliance: Prospects And Challenges

China’s increasing militarization and persistent maritime claims against Vietnam threaten not only that country, but the international rule-based system of international law developed over the last century.

The League of Nations, founded in 1919, and the United Nations, founded in 1945, were meant to be rule-based systems to decrease the risk of military conflict. [READ MORE]

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