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Crisis Only a Phone Call Away

John Garnaut describes a conflict-defusing military hotline between Washington and Beijing that is currently in testing, quoting military and political analysts on the likely “flashpoints” that could lead to...

Vietnam Breaks Up Anti-China Protests

As tensions continue to escalate over the South China Sea, AP reports Vietnam has broken up anti-China protests in two cities and has detained 20: Police initially allowed about 200 protesters to march from Hanoi’s iconic...

China, Bhutan Ready for Diplomatic Relations

Amid frustration at the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio—which The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts gloomily compared with a 1930s League of Nations assembly—a side meeting between Wen...

Behind Myanmar’s Suspended Dam

The suspension of work on the Myitsone Dam last September was a key moment in Myanmar’s attempt to edge out of China’s shadow. A leaked impact assessment by the company building the dam had found the project harmful...

Vietnam Stops Anti-China Protest, Detains Many

Vietnamese authorities detained dozens of people participating in ongoing anti-China protests stemming from a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. From Reuters: One witness said plainclothes police forced around 40...

Vietnam Protests Chinese Naval Exercises

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has protested against Chinese military drills in the South China Sea: Xinhua News Agency (China) on February 25th reported that the 8th Chinese naval escort fleet had on February 24th...

China Unveils Own Mapping Service

Months after cracking down on global online mapping services, the Chinese government has announced its own service to compete with Google Maps and other such sites. From BBC: The web-based service gives people access to...

China Summons Japanese Ambassador Again over Boat

Tensions are continuing to escalate between China and Japan over a collision in disputed waters. From AP: China increased pressure on Tokyo on Sunday by warning it to make a “wise” resolution and immediately release...

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