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Euan Graham | September 11, 2014 | Source: RSIS Commentaries

Synopsis

Recent events have refocused attention on energy as a potential driver of tensions in the South China Sea.

Commentary

The recent confrontation between Vietnam and China, over the latter’s deployment of a deep-water drilling rig in disputed waters, has refocused the spotlight on energy in the South China Sea. How important is it as a driver in China’s South China Sea policy? To what extent is competition over seabed hydrocarbons compounding tensions between China and Southeast Asian territorial claimants?

Brian Spegele | September 8, 2014 | Source: Wall Street Journal

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Lim Kheng Swe | September 3, 2014 | Source: RSIS Commentaries

Synopsis

China’s multi-faceted relations with Southeast Asia is often hamstrung by Beijing’s hard line position on territorial claims in the South China Sea. Is it possible to isolate the maritime disputes from other aspects of the Sino-Southeast Asian relationship?

Commentary

Zhai Kun | September 1, 2014 | Source: China-US Focus

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James Hardy | August 14, 2014 | Source: IHS Jane's 360

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Collin Koh Swee Lean | August 12, 2014 | Source: RSIS Commentaries

Synopsis

The rise of the hitherto low-key, “smaller small navies” of Southeast Asia, such as Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar and the Philippines, bodes well for regional resilience, and fits well in the broader schema of the envisaged ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC).

Fidel V. Ramos | August 9, 2014 | Source: Manila Bulletin

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Carlos D. Sorreta and Mary Fides A. Quintos | August 8, 2014 | Source: CIRSS Commentaries

Last 16 June, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario publicly raised the idea of a moratorium on destabilizing activities in the South China Sea. In a national cable news interview, the Secretary said:

Fidel V. Ramos | August 2, 2014 | Source: Manila Bulletin

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Andrea Chloe Wong | July 31, 2014 | Source: CIRSS Commentaries

Relations between the Philippines and China, which span several centuries, have been predominantly warm and cordial. But in recent years, both countries have experienced fiery issues that have resulted in their “cooling off,” hitting a low point since the establishment of their diplomatic relations in June 1975.

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