What should be on Duterte’s foreign policy agenda?

Filipino President-elect Rodrigo Duterte talking to Chinese envoy Zhang Jianhua during a meeting in Davao City, southern Philippines, 2 June 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby, De La Salle University

To the Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, the world is black and white, with hardly any shades of grey in between. His view informs his policy approach. His law and order platform, for example, promised change in a country riddled with poor infrastructure and public services Read more…

Brinkmanship in the South China Sea helps nobody

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter, joins his hands with Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, and South Korea's Defense Minister Han Min Koo during their trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 15th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore. (Photo AAP).

Author: Sam Bateman, RSIS

Recent months have seen a continuing increase in military activities in the South China Sea, particularly by the United States and China, but also by ‘bit players’ like India and Japan. These activities only serve to heighten tensions in the region at a time when the priority should be to demilitarise the area. Read more…

Can overseas Chinese build China’s One Belt, One Road?

Chinese and Malaysian government and business officials attend the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Summit in Hong Kong, China, 18 May 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Trissia Wijaya, Ritsumeikan University

A multitude of views have coloured the understanding of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy. Some view OBOR through the lens of geopolitical competition and are wary of China’s rise. Yet, the OBOR vision has intrinsic value beyond fears of Chinese geopolitical ambitions. Read more…

China’s SOE sector is bigger than some would have us think

A pedestrian walks past a branch of State Grid Corporation of China in Yichang city, central China's Hubei province, 11 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Derek Scissors, AEI

There is a recurring question on the nature of China’s economy — is it mostly planned or mostly market? This question has become more concrete this year as China’s partners are scheduled to decide on whether or not to grant China ‘market economy status’. Read more…

When the TPP and One Belt, One Road meet

Then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton meets with then-Chinese vice president Xi Jinping at the State Department in Washington, 14 February 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Patrick Mendis, Harvard University and Dániel Balázs, Tongji University

After years of talks, negotiators concluded an agreement on the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in October 2015. Since China is excluded from the TPP, one would expect antagonism rather than symbiosis between the Washington-advocated trade package and Beijing’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) strategy. Read more…

Trouble at sea for the US and its Asian allies

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd during a campaign stop at the First Niagara Center, in Buffalo, USA, April 18, 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: James Curran, University of Sydney

In the capitals of America’s Asian allies, two phenomena are combining to intensify already uneasy relations with Washington. The first is China’s continued assertiveness in the South China Sea. Beijing’s militarisation of these contested territories Read more…

What might a new Asian order look like?

US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders pose for a photograph at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington, DC, United States, 1 April 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Authors: Robert A. Manning, Atlantic Council, and Jim Przystup, National Defense University

In numerous essays, Hugh White has argued that the US-led Asia Pacific order, which he rightly views as a source of peace and growing prosperity over the past seventy years, is increasingly outmoded. Read more…