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CHINA’S REACTIONS TO THE ARBITRATION RULING WILL LEAD IT INTO BATTLES IT WON’T WIN

The Arbitration Panel’s ruling against China on July 12 was a stinging blow to China’s international prestige.

China advanced a narrative that it had historic rights to nearly the entirety of the South China Sea (SCS), and that it could prevent states like the Philippines and Vietnam from fishing in their Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and drilling for oil near their coasts. [READ MORE]

Obama Plans Another Appeal for Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

WASHINGTON — President Obama, beginning a final uphill push for a trade initiative that is opposed by both party’s presidential candidates, will host an Oval Office meeting on Friday to showcase support among public figures in both parties.

Mr. Obama will convene a bipartisan group to discuss the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation Pacific trade agreement whose completion he has made a top priority, White House officials said. [READ MORE]

The Chinese diaspora’s role in the rise of China

In 1995, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade published a 350-page report on overseas Chinese business networks, calling them ‘one of the main forces driving the dynamic growth that characterises the region’.

This interest reflected the economic clout of the then 50-odd million diaspora Chinese — living mostly in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia. [READ MORE]

How Maritime Cooperation Can Help U.S.-Chinese Relations

But despite recent high-profile disagreements, it is still possible for Washington and Beijing to prove Deng right. U.S.-Chinese maritime relations are based on more than frigates and fringing reefs.

Wise handling of those relations should build on preexisting but little-known efforts to improve bilateral cooperation in the global ocean commons. [READ MORE]

Could the South China Sea dispute trigger a Sino-US war?

Chinese expansion in the South China Sea is bringing conflict between Beijing and its neighbours – Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam – closer than it has been for decades.

Vietnam has fortified several islands it controls, while Japan has been publicly rebuked by Beijing over its 'interference' in the sea – most of which China claims. The Philippines has called for "restraint and sobriety" as its own dispute with Beijing rumbles on. [READ MORE]

China, The Underdog Now, Will Work With Vietnam On Sea Dispute

Senior officials from China and Vietnam, never friends and even less so over the past two years, vowed this week to work more together – substantially – on a deep maritime dispute.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pledged Tuesday they would “properly manage maritime differences and further enhance bilateral substantial cooperation” in the South China Sea, according to Beijing’s government-run Xinhua News Agency.

Why India and Vietnam Need Each Other

India and Vietnam have enjoyed close ties based on their shared history of fighting against colonial rule. In addition, there is a deep cultural connection between the two as well.

The former kingdom of Champa in present-day Vietnam was deeply influenced by Indian traditions and customs. [READ MORE]

China is Dominating Scarborough Shoal. Here's Why It Matters.

Scarborough Shoal is a settled issue. Not in a good way and not just as a result of Philippines President Duterte’s “ready, fire, aim” approach to statesmanship.

It matters not if China builds new facilities there on yet more coral dredged from the seabed. Since the Shoal came to public prominence in 2012 following the Philippine arrest of Chinese fishermen it has been dominated by China’s Maritime Militias. [READ MORE]

Why China's 'Bully' Strategy in the South China Sea (and Beyond) Has Failed

Conventional wisdom has long painted the Chinese as strategic and methodical planners, masters of statecraft with great foresight.

The West, and the US in particular, is hopeless in comparison. For many strategists, we aren’t even on the same board: Chinese are playing Go while the West plays checkers. [READ MORE]

China’s Non-Peaceful Rise Already in Play?

WASHINGTON: The People’s Republic of China is headed on a tragic trajectory that should be familiar to anyone with even cursory exposure to history.

Due to a complex composition of factors – a century of torment at the hands of western powers and Japan as well as a toxic brew of nationalism – the PRC is not content with its place as the world’s second largest economy, or even largest when using purchasing-parity power, or PPP, as the benchmark.  [READ MORE]

In South China Sea War, Would Russia Battle United States To Defend China?

China and Russia began eight days of military exercises in the South China Sea near southern China's Guangdong province Monday in the latest sign that Moscow is playing a role in growing tensions between Beijing and the United States over the contested waters.

The "Joint Sea-2016" naval exercise involves surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters and marines. [READ MORE]

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