United States

China’s South China Sea grab

It has been just five years since China initiated its major land reclamation in the South China Sea, and the country has already shifted the territorial status quo in its favour – without facing any international pushback.

16 December 2018

Turbulent 2018 shakes up Middle East

A murdered Saudi journalist. A scrapped Iran nuclear deal. The two events alone have undone years of diplomacy in the Middle East, testing old alliances and shaking up the regional balance of power, analysts say.

15 December 2018

Is the Quad still relevant?

Southeast Asia has been a significant venue for strategic competition between the United States (US) and China for a long time.

5 December 2018

China deserves its economic success

In the 1940s, the British historian Arnold J. Toynbee predicted that the United States (US) and the Soviet Union would remain the world’s only two great powers.

2 December 2018

Policing the South China Sea

At the recently concluded 33rd ASEAN Summit, ASEAN member states expressed their desire to complete the Single Draft Negotiating Text for the Code of Conduct (COC) by next year to resolve the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.

21 November 2018

Environment and economy are great-power pawns

In recent years, we have seen the renewal of a phenomenon that seemed to have passed into history with the end of the Cold War: fierce and potentially violent competition between the most powerful countries on the globe.

20 November 2018

US and China in APEC cruise ship clash

China and the United States (US) crossed swords Saturday ahead of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, duelling over protectionism, trade tariffs and "chequebook diplomacy" as they laid out sharply contrasting visions for the Pacific Rim

18 November 2018

China blazes quiet path to power

Criticized by the White House for alleged interference in United States (US) politics, China has quietly blazed a path at the United Nations (UN) where it is, little by little, becoming one of the most influential members.

7 October 2018