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Aussie Labor Party Pushes Tougher Line on South China Sea

Australian popular opinion has been turning against Beijing.

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Manila To Beijing: Let’s Talk It Out

Whether China and the Philippines will come to some resolution or not is hard to predict.

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Think Tank Report: China Building Reinforced Hangars

Looks like that arbitration court ruling in the Hague has had zero effect on slowing China’s progress in fortifying its claims in disputed waters.

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Chinese Newspaper Worries about “Midair Collision”

In 2016, it’s brinksmanship at a higher level.

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China Lands Military Aircraft in South China Sea

Yet another sign that Beijing isn’t particularly impressed by the U.S. pivot to Asia.

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Top U.S. Commander Frustrated with Obama

China is taking control of one of the world’s critical shipping lanes, and Obama appears to not want to confront them directly.

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China Could Be Building a “Strategic Strait”

Beijing’s behavior may not seem very consequential at the moment, but it could become so if China were to turn more hostile.

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U.S. and Asian Powers Step Up Joint Activity on South China Sea

Yet joint exercises and occasional freedom of navigation exercises clearly aren’t enough to instill confidence that America will stand up to China.

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Australia Delivers Ships to Philippines Ahead of SCS Court Ruling

It’s the latest demonstration of the consequences of Chinese aggression in the region.

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For At Least a Moment, Indonesia Comes Off the Sidelines

Indonesia rarely criticizes Beijing so harshly as it did after a run-in between one of its patrol boats and the Chinese coast guard.

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Crude Economics

Moscow just promised to cut its oil output, but that promise rings hollow.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China’s seizure of Singapore’s troop carriers is a power move that sends a signal about Beijing’s displeasure with the Lion City.

Burma's Rohingyas

Outrage at Myanmar’s leader for her inaction on the Rohingya demonstrates the continuing failure of human rights activists to understand the world or develop wise strategies for dealing with it.

Looking Ahead

Nancy Pelosi’s re-election at House Minority Leader suggests that even the 2016 disaster has not yet weakened the establishment’s iron grip over Democratic power centers.

The Vapors

The inability of U.S. diplomats to explain Trump and his worldview to their foreign interlocutors is likely to be a more serious problem for American foreign policy than any early flubs by the President-elect.

The North American Energy Boom

Our southern neighbor is benefiting from the shale boom, too.

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