Asia Pacific Regional Developments

Title:

 Southeast Asia’s China illusion

Author:

Malcolm Cook

Source:

Business World

Date:

October 12, 2015

Description:

Conventional wisdom is often not wise and more an illusion than reality. Today, across Southeast Asia, it is increasingly proclaimed as a fact that needs no verification that China is the paramount economic partner of the region and that this economic dependence on China will only grow.

Tags: China, Investment, Trade, Commentary, Southeast Asia

Title:

 ASEAN Tourism and the Philippine strategy

Author:

Andrew James Masigan

Source:

Manila Bulletin

Date:

 October 11, 2015

Description:

2014 was a banner year for ASEAN tourism. A total of 101.4 million tourists visited the region generating revenues worth a hundred billion dollars. Some countries faired better than others

Tags: News, ASEAN, Tourism

Title:

 Japan Considers Sending Navy to Support US in South China Sea

Author:

Isabel Reynolds

Source:

Bloomberg

Date:

November 20, 2015

Description:

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told President Barack Obama he’ll consider sending the country’s maritime forces to assist U.S. operations in the South China Sea. The comments in a bilateral meeting Thursday on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila came after the U.S. sparked an angry reaction from China last month by sailing a warship close to an artificial island in waters that China views as its own territory.

Tags: South China Sea, Japan, Shinzo Abe

Title:

 Obama Calls on Beijing to Stop Construction in the South China Sea

Author:

Michael D. Smear

Source:

The New York Times

Date:

November 19, 2015

Description:

President Obama called on China on Wednesday to halt its construction on reclaimed islands in the South China Sea, raising the contentious issue at the start of a two-day economic summit meeting at which he and other Pacific Rim leaders also discussed trade and climate change.

Tags: APEC, South China Sea, Asia Pacific Pivot, US-China Relations, Obama

Title:

 APEC Leaders Silent on South China Sea

Author:

Trefor Moss

Source:

The Wall Street Journal

Date:

 November 19, 2015

Description:

Asia-Pacific leaders called for greater cooperation to thwart global terrorism at a summit here on Thursday, but were silent on territorial disputes in the South China Sea that have fueled tensions in the region

Tags: event reports, APEC, South China Sea

Title:

 Setting the Record Straight on US Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea

Author:

Ankit Panda

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

 November 11, 2015

Description:

After more than two weeks of considering various public reports, citing mostly anonymous U.S. official sources and, notably, the skipper of the Lassen itself, experts have determined that the first U.S. freedom of navigation operation near Subi Reef was not an assertion of high seas freedom by the United States. Rather, the USS Lassen transited within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef in compliance with the innocent passage provisions outlined in Part II, Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, China-US Relations, Freedom of navigation

Title:

 The US Asserts Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea

Author:

Michael J. Green, Bonnie S. Glaser, Gregory B. Poling

Source:

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Date:

October 27, 2015

Description:

After months of internal debate within the Obama administration, the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen transited within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of China’s artificially-built features in the South China Sea, on October 27 in what is termed a “freedom of navigation” (FON) operation. It was accompanied by two maritime surveillance aircraft, a P-8A Poseidon and a P-3 Orion.

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Freedom of navigation, Critical Questions

Title:

 A Freedom of Navigation Primer for the Spratly Islands

Author:

Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and The Center for Strategic and International Studies

Source:

Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and The Center for Strategic and International Studies

Date:

 

Description:

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Lassen passed through the Spratly Islands on October 26 in the first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the area since 2012. The operation included sailing within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, a feature that was previously submerged at high-tide and on which China constructed an artificial island over the last two year

Tags: South China Sea, US-China Relations, Freedom of navigation, Primer

Title:

 Amid Tensions, US, China Assert South China Sea Positions

Author:

Ankit Panda

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

November 9, 2015

Description:

Nearly two weeks after the first U.S. freedom of navigation operation near a Chinese artificial island in the South China Sea, tensions remain high. On Saturday, speaking on opposite ends of the Pacific Ocean, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter delivered parallel remarks on the South China Sea that highlighted the rift between the U.S. and Chinese positions on the issue.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, US-China Relations, Freedom of navigation

Title:

  Five Overlooked Developments from the Obama–Xi Visit

Author:

Graham Webster

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 01, 2015

Description:

Reporters and commentators have devoted most of their attention following President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States to a few issues: cybersecurity, climate cooperation, business relationships, and maritime disputes. As written elsewhere, in each case, we will have to wait and see to assess any progress that might have been made.

Tags: Commentary, AIIB, US-China Relations, National Security Review, Military Cooperation

Title:

  Vietnam is Changing…And So Is the Balance of Power in Asia

Author:

Carlyle Thayer

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

October 2, 2015

Description:

On September 15, Vietnam’s political log jam suddenly burst with the simultaneous launch of a website dedicated to preparations for the twelfth national party congress and the release of the draft Political Report and Socio-Economic Plan for 2016-2020.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, China-Vietnam relations, US-Vietnam relations, Communist Party of Vietnam

Title:

  Xi’s Visit Invigorates China-U.S. Relationship

Author:

Su Xiaohui

Source:

China-US Focus

Date:

September 29, 2015

Description:

In the past few months, suspicion of China’s peaceful development was hyped in the U.S., and undermined U.S. confidence in building the new type of relationship between major powers with China. Fortunately, Xi’s visit has provided a chance for the U.S. to get back on the right track.

Tags: Commentary, China-US Relations, Xi Jinping, new type of major power relationship, territorial integrity

Title:

  Have the US and China Come to an Understanding on the AIIB?

Author:

Ankit Panda

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 28, 2015

Description:

An official fact sheet on U.S.-China economic relations, issued after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House notes that “the United States welcomes China’s growing contributions to financing development and infrastructure in Asia and beyond.” The introduction to the fact sheet also noted that the “international financial architecture has evolved over time to meet the changing scale, scope, and diversity of challenges and to include new institutions as they incorporate its core principles of high standards and good governance.”

Tags: Commentary, AIIB, China-US Relations

Title:

  U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

Author:

Office of the Press Secretary

Source:

The White House

Date:

September 25, 2015

Description:

In November 2014, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping stood together in Beijing to make a historic U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, emphasizing their personal commitment to a successful climate agreement in Paris and marking a new era of multilateral climate diplomacy as well as a new pillar in their bilateral relationship.

Tags: Climate Change, US-China Relations, Paris Conference, Official Statement

Title:

FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Economic Relations

Author:
Office of the Press Secretary
Source:
The White House
Date:
September 25, 2015
Description:
The United States and China recognize their shared interest in promoting a strong and open global economy, inclusive growth and sustainable development, and a stable international financial system, supported by the multilateral economic institutions founded at the end of World War II that have benefited the peoples of both nation

Tags: US-China Economic Relations, IMF, G-20, Fact Sheet

Title:

  The Truth About US Freedom of Navigation Patrols in the South China Sea

Author:

Shannon Tiezzi

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 22, 2015

Description:

A discussion on a particular focus on the question of U.S. freedom of navigation (FON) patrols within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificial islands – leading to headlines like this, from Associated Press: “McCain: U.S. should ignore China’s claims in South China Sea.”

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, UNCLOS, Freedom of navigation, US maritime policy

Title:

  How Washington Can Manage Sustainable Strategic Competition With China

Author:

Robert Daly

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

September 22, 2015

Description:

When U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Washington next week, the dynamics of the bilateral relationship will be more perilous than at any summit in the past thirty-six years. Their challenge, during and after their meetings, is to steer U.S.-China strategic competition onto a manageable course despite disparate interests and antagonistic attitudes in both countries.

Tags: Commentary, China-US Relations, One Belt One Road, strategic competition, signaling

Title:

  Thailand seeks deeper cooperation with China through Maritime Silk Road

Author:

Sun Chengdong

Source:

China Daily

Date:

September 21, 2015

Description:

China and Thailand have enjoyed rewarding trade and economic cooperation over the past decade with China the country's biggest trade partner and top tourist source. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and as Country of Honor at the 12th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO); Thailand pulled out all the stops to showcase Thailand's trade and economic potential.

Tags: News, China-ASEAN Relations, Thailand, Mekong River, energy, marine cooperation