Chinese Foreign Policy

Title:

  Maritime Silk Road runs into South China Sea tension

Author:

Suthichai Yoon

Source:

The Nation

Date:

September 24, 2015

Description:

Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, declaring open the annual event, cited an old Chinese saying: "When brothers share the same purpose, they will be strong enough to cut through metal." But his six-point proposal failed to address an equally crucial aspect of the ties between China and the 10-member Asean: What happens when brothers share one purpose but disagree on another issue?

Tags: Commentary, Maritime Silk Road, South China Sea, China-ASEAN Relations, 2 + 7 Cooperation, Strategic Distrust

Title:

  Xi in Washington: Outcomes Explained

Authors:

Bill Bishop and Bonnie Glaser

Source:

CSIS, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Date:

September 2015

Description:

Chinese president Xi Jinping landed in Seattle on September 22 for a weeklong trip to the United States that included his first state visit to Washington and an address to the United Nations in New York. In a joint press conference with President Barack Obama following a meeting at the White House, the Chinese leader raised eyebrows by insisting that Beijing does not intend to militarize the features it has artificially built up in the South China Sea. The two presidents also made announcements on cybersecurity and climate change cooperation, along with finalizing annexes to two military agreements.

Tags: Commentary, South China Sea, Asia Pacific Pivot, China-US Relations, Xi Jinping, Podcast

Title:

  China may fear reputation damage more than military threats over South China Sea

Author:

Ashley Townshend

Source:

The Guardian

Date:

August 29, 2015

Description:

China’s rapid construction of a string of artificial islands in the South China Sea has entered a more troubling phase. According to a major Pentagon report released last week, Beijing is shifting its focus from land reclamation to building deepwater ports, military-grade airstrips and other strategic infrastructure on top of its islands.

Tags: South China Sea, Allies, Reputational Costs, One Belt One Road, Economic Pressure, Militarization, Commenary

Title:

  Xue Li: How China Views the South China Sea Arbitration Case

Author:

Xue Li

Source:

The Diplomat

Date:

July 14, 2015

Description:

The Hague finished hearing the Philippines’ oral arguments this week, but as China refuses to participate in the arbitration, the December position paper remains the clearest outline of China’s stance on the case. What are the highlights and features of the document? What was the effect of publicly releasing this document? And what will China’s next step be?

Tags: Commentary, UNCLOS, Arbitration, Dual Track Approach, China’s Position Paper, Contingency

Title:

  China’s Maritime Silk Road: The Politics of Routes

Author:

Irene Chan

Source:

RSIS

Date:

March 12, 2015

Description:

China has not effectively communicated its grand connectivity ideas to South and Southeast Asian countries. Beijing urgently needs to improve its communications with external parties and seek feedback so as to counter media speculations and to have a better understanding of regional needs

Tags: Commentary, Maritime Silk Road, South China Sea, ASEAN Connectivity, Chinese Soft Power