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ASEAN, China to Discuss Maritime Code of Conduct

Indonesia’s foreign minister told reporters on Thursday that his ASEAN counterparts will hold a special meeting with China to discuss a code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea, according to AFP: The meeting was...

China to Open Disputed Islands to Tourism

Reuters reports that China will soon be allowing tourists to visit disputed islands in the South China Sea: China will this month start allowing tourists to visit the Paracel Islands, one of a group of disputed islets and reefs...

Chinese Manhunt Shows Sway, or Softness

At The New York Times, Jane Perlez and Bree Feng revisit the international hunt for drug lord Naw Kham, who was executed in March for the 2011 murders of 13 Chinese sailors on the Mekong river. For China, the arrest was a...

“The Commons Must Remain The Commons”

China continues to assert itself and threaten freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and East China Sea, writes James R. Holmes, who explores what other stakeholder nations can do to safeguard “the commons.”...

Will 2013 Bring War Over the Diaoyu Islands?

Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun on Thursday said the Chinese military is on guard against Japanese jet activity near the Diaoyu Islands, according to Xinhua News: “We will decisively fulfill our tasks and missions...

Will Beijing Use Force Over Diaoyu Islands?

The Diplomat’s James Holmes writes that Beijing has found “a low-risk way to make a high-impact statement” by taking to the skies in its dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, though the advantages become...

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