Security and Prosperity in Asia | Chatham House

At a time of geopolitical uncertainty and with multilateralism under pressure, this conference brought together diverse actors to explore the evolving role of international law on critical security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific. From trade agreements to deep-sea mining, cyberwarfare to territorial disputes, the breadth of the discussion illustrated the growing reach of international law … Continue reading Security and Prosperity in Asia | Chatham House

Scary reality: China’s secret Cambodian military base – NZ Herald

It's supposed to be an international airport. It's supposed to be part of a large-scale holiday resort on a pristine piece of Cambodian coastline. But it's not. About 45,000ha of an unspoiled national park is being ripped up to build it. Deep-water channels are being dredged through clear waters. Little wonder the Koh Kong Beachside … Continue reading Scary reality: China’s secret Cambodian military base – NZ Herald

Trump struggles to compete with Beijing’s big spenders | Arab News

Washington and New Delhi are seeking to finalize a US-India trade agreement before Donald Trump’s two-day trip this month.  While the immediate goal for the president is enhancing relations, the important longer-term objective is reinforcing his revamped regional Indo-Pacific strategy in the face of China’s growing strength. The White House senses a wider, strategic opportunity … Continue reading Trump struggles to compete with Beijing’s big spenders | Arab News

‘India-Japan ties have been extremely strong for decades’ – The Hindu

“The main thrust of the Indo-Japanese coordination in the Indian Ocean region centres around expanding maritime diplomacy, accompanied by specific steps to implement directives provided from time-to-time." — Read on http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/india-japan-ties-have-been-extremely-strong-for-decades/article30772917.ece

EDITORIAL: Exchanges with France invaluable – Taipei Times

French Office in Taipei director Benoit Guidee in July 2018 called Taiwan “an important partner of France in Asia,” and “a platform for French development in the region.” Guidee is now stationed in Shanghai, and it is unknown whether he represented sentiment in Paris when he made the remarks, but Tsai should probe France’s intentions … Continue reading EDITORIAL: Exchanges with France invaluable – Taipei Times

The significant rise of Chinese influence in the islands of the Indian Ocean | Lifestyle News,The Indian Express

China — like other powers that have dominated the international system — seeks hegemony and the Indian Ocean is an increasingly crucial area of operations for it to achieve this end. — Read on indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/books/bertil-lintner-book-on-china-indian-ocean-indias-foreign-policy-geo-politics-6258201/

Lessons from ASEAN’s Rakhine response | East Asia Forum

As per the ‘One ASEAN, One Response’ declaration, ASEAN member states no longer treat humanitarian crises as national emergencies but as collective region-wide challenges. Accordingly, they have introduced regional disaster prevention and relief mechanisms, the most prominent of which is the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). — Read on … Continue reading Lessons from ASEAN’s Rakhine response | East Asia Forum

ASEAN together can make a high mountain – Opinion – The Jakarta Post

ASEAN and China will perhaps begin their second reading of the draft text of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea in the foreseeable future. While the international community looks forward to the smooth conclusion of this Code of Conduct, it might be a test-bed for ASEAN’s pledge of “Cohesive ASEAN”. The challenge … Continue reading ASEAN together can make a high mountain – Opinion – The Jakarta Post

China Vs. Indonesia: Intra-Asian Power Games – The Globalist

Indonesia’s engagement in pushing back against China’s maritime claims is a significant point of departure for the country. All the more so as it had long avoided the sea issue because it had no island disputes with China. But by pushing its fishing boats so far from its shores, China has aroused the political will … Continue reading China Vs. Indonesia: Intra-Asian Power Games – The Globalist