Under Pressure: Philippine Construction Provokes a Paramilitary Response

February 6, 2019  |  AMTI BRIEF

Under Pressure: Philippine Construction Provokes a Paramilitary Response

On February 4, Philippine defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced that construction of a new beaching ramp at Thitu Island would be completed in early 2019. Thitu is the largest of the nine features occupied by the Philippines in the Spratlys Islands and is home to about 100 civilians along with a small military garrison. The ramp, which was originally scheduled for completion in 2018, will facilitate the delivery of construction equipment and materials to the island for further planned upgrades, especially to its crumbling runway. AMTI previously tracked the start of repair work on the runway in May 2018, but that appears to have been halted while the beaching ramp is completed. Continue reading “Under Pressure: Philippine Construction Provokes a Paramilitary Response”
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“U.S., China agree on trade war ceasefire after Trump, Xi summit”

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Reuters“China and the United States agreed to a ceasefire in their bitter trade war on Saturday after high-stakes talks in Argentina between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, including no escalated tariffs on Jan. 1.”

“Trump will leave tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports at 10 percent at the beginning of the new year, agreeing to not raise them to 25 percent ‘at this time’, the White House said in a statement.” Continue reading ““U.S., China agree on trade war ceasefire after Trump, Xi summit””

China’s Maritime Silk Road: Strategic and Economic Implications for the Indo-Pacific Region

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China unveiled the concept for the Twenty-First Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) in 2013 as a development strategy to boost infrastructure connectivity throughout Southeast Asia, Oceania, the Indian Ocean, and East Africa. The MSR is the maritime complement to the Silk Road Economic Belt, which focuses on infrastructure development across Central Asia. Together these initiatives form the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative designed to enhance China’s influence across Asia. Continue reading “China’s Maritime Silk Road: Strategic and Economic Implications for the Indo-Pacific Region”

While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: Think tank

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Satellite photo shows Chinese-controlled North Island, part of the Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, on Sep 29, 2017. (Photo: Planet Labs/Handout via Reuters)

WASHINGTON: While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a US think tank said on Thursday (Dec 14).

Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 29 hectares of the Spratly and Paracel islands, territory contested with several other Asian nations, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report cited satellite images. Continue reading “While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: Think tank”

Hội Thảo An Ninh Biển Đông: Những Điểm Tranh Luận

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First posted on: June 3, 2014, UNCLOSForum.wordpress.com

Hội thảo về An ninh Hàng Hải ở Biển Đông do Trung tâm nghiên cứu Chiến lược Quốc tế (CSIS) tổ chức ở thủ đô Washington đã kết thúc hôm thứ Ba, 21 tháng Sáu. Trong phần trao đổi khá sôi nổi vào lúc cuối ngày, một số câu hỏi đã được nêu lên với các diễn giả chính, kể cả những thắc mắc về bản đồ hình chữ U, vẽ vùng biển mà Trung Quốc đòi chủ quyền; và vì sao Hà nội không phản đối Bắc Kinh hồi năm 1974, khi Trung Quốc chiếm một phần quần đảo Hoàng Sa sau một cuộc chiến ngắn với hải quân Việt Nam Cộng hòa.

Phần thuyết trình của Tiến sĩ Trần Trường Thủy, Giám Đốc Trung Tâm Nghiên cứu các vấn đề Biển Đông thuộc Học Viện Ngoại giao Việt Nam, ngày 20 tháng 6, 2011

Phần thuyết trình của Tiến sĩ Trần Trường Thủy, Giám Đốc Trung Tâm Nghiên cứu các vấn đề Biển Đông thuộc Học Viện Ngoại giao Việt Nam, ngày 20 tháng 6, 2011

Hầu hết những người phát biểu, ngoại trừ các đại diện của Trung Quốc, đều cho rằng những lập luận được dùng làm cơ sở cho đòi hỏi chủ quyền của Trung Quốc trên phần lớn diện tích Biển Đông, không có tính thuyết phục. Continue reading “Hội Thảo An Ninh Biển Đông: Những Điểm Tranh Luận”

Fighter jet spotted on South China Sea island, more believed in hangars: U.S. think tank

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Apr 7, 2017A Chinese fighter jet has been spotted on a Chinese-controlled island in the South China Sea for the first time in a year, a U.S. think tank said Thursday as President Donald Trump met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the J-11 fighter jet was visible on a runway in a satellite photo taken March 29 of Woody Island in the disputed waterway’s Paracel chain. More fighters were believed to be in hangers nearby. Continue reading “Fighter jet spotted on South China Sea island, more believed in hangars: U.S. think tank”

CSIS – ChinaPower December Newsletter

DECEMBER   |   CHINAPOWER NEWSLETTER

China Power Project

It is our pleasure to send you the December edition of the ChinaPower Newsletter. The China Power Project at CSIS centers on ChinaPower–a website that provides an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries. The Newsletter highlights the new and updated content on the website, as well as featured events and publications. We hope this newsletter provides you with a snapshot of the work we are doing to help our users better understand the complexity of China’s rise. Continue reading “CSIS – ChinaPower December Newsletter”

CSIS – ChinaPower November 2016 Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2016 | CHINAPOWER NEWSLETTER

China Power Project

It is our pleasure to send you the November edition of the ChinaPower Newsletter, the monthly newsletter of the CSIS China Power Project. The China Power Project centers on ChinaPower–a website that provides an in-depth understanding of the evolving nature of Chinese power relative to other countries. The ChinaPower Newsletter highlights the new and updated content on the website, as well as featured events and publications. We hope this newsletter provides you with a snapshot of the work we are doing to help our users better understand the complexity of China’s rise. Continue reading “CSIS – ChinaPower November 2016 Newsletter”

China’s Power: Up for Debate

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The challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise are hotly contested. To help make sense of the issue, ChinaPower hosted its inaugural conference on November 29, 2016. The conference featured a series of debates between leading experts on the nature of Chinese power. The audience was polled for their opinion both before and after each debate. Polling results, debate descriptions, and conference video are posted below.

Opening Panel: Current trends in Chinese power and their implications for regional security.

Continue reading “China’s Power: Up for Debate”

Cạnh tranh tầm nhìn (toàn cầu)

English: Competing Visions

Một cuộc đua địa kinh tế đang diễn ra để định hình tương lai Châu Á. Các cường quốc khu vực đang thúc đẩy các kế hoạch tham vọng về xây dựng các tuyến đường bộ, đường tàu, đường ống dẫn và các cơ sở hạ tầng cứng khác trên khắp khu vực. Dựa các nguồn tin chính thức, các chuyên gia CSIS đã xây dựng các bản đồ dưới đây để minh hoạ cho một số các tầm nhìn cạnh tranh này. Mỗi bản đồ tóm lược một cách chung nhất những ưu tiên chính về cơ sở hạ tầng của các nước lớn trong cuộc đua. Tổng thể, các bản đồ này cho thấy trước một cuộc cạnh tranh rộng khắp như chính khu vực này. Và khi cuộc cạnh tranh diễn ra, các bản đồ dưới đây sẽ được mở rộng và cập nhập.

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(Bản đồ tầm nhìn Trung Quốc-ảnh) Continue reading “Cạnh tranh tầm nhìn (toàn cầu)”

Sân bay Trường Sa đã dài ra gần gấp đôi

VNY – 18 thg 11, 2016

Hôm 15/11 vừa qua, trung tâm Sáng kiến minh mạch hàng hải châu Á thuộc Viện Nghiên cứu chiến lược và quốc tế CSIS của Mỹ đã công bố các ảnh chụp vệ tinh hôm 7/11 cho thấy rõ đường băng trên đảo Trường Sa Lớn của Việt Nam đã được kéo dài ra gần gấp đôi.

Sân bay Trường Sa đã dài ra gần gấp đôi

CSIS – Negotiating with China: Lessons from the Hangzhou G20 Bilateral Meeting

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Negotiating with China: Lessons from the Hangzhou G20 Bilateral Meeting
By Claire Reade
November 7, 2016

As the Obama administration’s tenure comes to a close, many are doing a stocktaking of its China policy, what has worked and where things could be made more effective. One useful question to consider is how to strengthen the returns from the various bilateral and multilateral venues where we engage each other. September’s G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, culminated in a multicountry leaders’ communique, but it also produced outcomes from concomitant bilateral meetings. The results of the U.S-China economic meeting, listed in a joint fact sheet, included an astoundingly long list of trade and investment outcomes. Continue reading “CSIS – Negotiating with China: Lessons from the Hangzhou G20 Bilateral Meeting”

Improving Relief and Development Responses to Climate Variability: Lessons from the 2015 – 2016 El Niño in Southern Africa

Improving Relief and Development Responses to
Climate Variability: Lessons from the 2015 – 2016 El Niño in Southern Africa

El Niño weather system was one of the strongest on record, causing drought and flooding in locations across the world. Parts of sub-Saharan Africa were particularly hard hit. In Southern Africa, low or erratic rainfall caused serious drought and associated food insecurity in 10 countries, severely testing the coping strategies of households, communities, and governments and prompting an emergency response by donors. In June 2016, a team from the CSIS Global Food Security Project and CSIS Africa Program visited two of the hardest-hit countries—Malawi and Mozambique—to assess the scale of the disaster, observe the relief effort, and consider efforts by the United States to boost agricultural growth and build the resilience of affected countries.

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Japan to join US in South China Sea patrols

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  • Japan also plans to give aid to other South China Sea nations
  • There are competing claims to vast areas of sea by countries in the region

(CNN)Japan is planning on upping its activities in the South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said.

Japan would also be giving military aid to countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam as it increases its role in the contested waters of the South China Sea, Inada said Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington, DC.
Inada also welcomed the US’s plan to allocate 60% of its Navy and Air Force assets to the Asia Pacific region by 2020.