In this episode, Greg Poling joins us to discuss China’s behavior, motivations, and strategy in the South China Sea, including recent incidents and escalating tensions with the Philippines and Vietnam. Mr. Poling analyzes whether China’s narrative in the South China Sea is a compelling one, and warns of the potential for unintended escalations of violence between claimant states. He also touches on China’s increasing militarization of the South China Sea, and critiques the Trump administration’s strategy to advance US interests in the region.
In this episode, Bill Hayton joins ChinaPower to discuss China’s activities and strategy in the South China Sea. He unpacks the history of all the parties’ sovereignty claims and the drivers of heightened tensions between China and other countries in the region, and explains the challenges Beijing faces in enforcing its extensive maritime claims.
This episode explores the trends and relations between China and Japan as well as the historical roots behind their tensions with Professor Sheila Smith.
This episode explores the ramifications of the UNCLOS ruling by an arbitral tribunal on July 12, 2016 over China’s constructions of several artificial islands in the South China Sea with Peter Dutton of the U.S. Naval War College.
Maritime disputes in the South China Sea present an array of potential flashpoints between countries. China in particular has actively employed its coast guard and other maritime law enforcement agencies to project power and assert sovereignty throughout the region.
Although both China and Taiwan maintain separate militaries and governments, China continues to assert sovereignty claims over Taiwan. Beijing officially seeks peaceful reunification, but has not ruled out using force to counter efforts to create an independent Taiwan.