East and South China Seas Bulletin

  • March 28, 2013

Bulletin 12: Flashpoints: The Way Forward in the East and South China Seas

By Patrick M. Cronin

In the capstone essay of Flashpoints, The Way Forward in the East and South China Seas a 15-month CNAS project, Dr. Patrick M. Cronin assesses the security environment in the maritime domain surrounding China, while offering several policy recommendations and some reasons for optimism in the regional disputes.

  • March 20, 2013

Bulletin 11: Slipping Away? A South China Sea Code of Conduct Eludes Diplomatic Efforts

By Ian Storey

In this Flashpoints Bulletin, Slipping Away? A South China Sea Code of Conduct Eludes Diplomatic Efforts, Ian Storey analyzes the tensions in the South China Sea that have continued unabated despite sustained attention from regional leaders and diplomats. 

  • March 15, 2013

Bulletin 10: The Sino-Philippine Maritime Row: International Arbitration and the South China Sea

By Peter Dutton

In this Flashpoints Bulletin, The Sino-Philippine Maritime Row: International Arbitration and the South China Sea, Peter Dutton analyzes the ongoing territorial disputes between the Philippines and China over lands near the South China Sea, known as the West Philippines Sea in Manila. Dutton, who is Professor of Strategic Studies and Director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at the U.S. Naval War College, discusses the implications of these disputes for Southeast Asia’s political balance. 

  • February 12, 2013

Bulletin 9: Finding Common Ground: Energy, Security and Cooperation in the South China Sea

By Will Rogers

As the global economy recovers from worldwide recession, demand for energy is steadily picking up speed, particularly among emerging economies in Southand East Asia. As U.S. policymakers look for opportunities to promote cooperation over competition, Will Rogers argues in Finding Common Ground that understanding these emerging trends and their role in the broader South China Sea dispute will be essential to diffusing tensions and avoiding conflict.

  • February 1, 2013

Bulletin 8: The Challenge of Chinese Revisionism

By Zachary M. Hosford and Ely Ratner

Recent actions by China’s non-military law enforcement vessels pose one of the most immediate threats to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. In The Challenge of Chinese Revisionism: The Expanding Role of China's Non-Military Maritime Vessels, CNAS experts Zachary M. Hosford and Ely Ratner argue that the United States, together with its allies and partners,will need a new strategic approach to meet this emerging challenge.

  • December 14, 2012

Bulletin 6: Contested Waters: Managing Disputes in the East and South China Seas

By Dr. Patrick Cronin

CNAS Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Patrick Cronin argues that despite rising tensions in the East and South China Seas, conflict between the United States and China can and should be averted. He contends that the United States needs to adopt a more detailed and tailored strategy toward the East and South China Seas and increase its engagement throughout the Asia-Pacific region through a wide range of military, diplomatic and economic tools.

  • December 14, 2012

Bulletin 7: A Competitive Turn: How Increased Chinese Maritime Actions Complicate U.S. Partnerships

By James R. Holmes

James R. Holmes, professor of strategy at the Naval War College, argues that China’s increasingly competitive actions in the East and South China Seas are further complicating U.S. efforts to forge maritime security coalitions and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. Holmes outlines how the Obama administration can promote U.S. interests in the East and South China Seas and recommends that the United States continue to cooperate with Asian governments, maintain preponderant forces in the region and remain on cordial terms with Beijing.

  • September 5, 2012

Bulletin 4: Influence for Sale? China’s Trade, Investment and Assistance Policies in Southeast Asia

By Shanthi Kalathil

Shanthi Kalathil argues that while China's significant investment in Southeast Asia has improved relations with Vietnam and other Southeast Asian neighbors in some ways, it has proved less effective than is commonly perceived. Kalathil contends that China’s development projects have often alienated local populations, and its nationalistic rhetoric over the South China Sea has increasingly strained its relations with other South China Sea claimants.

  • September 5, 2012

Bulletin 5: The Sansha Garrison: China’s Deliberate Escalation in the South China Sea

By Oriana Skylar Mastro

CNAS Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro argues that China is conducting a coordinated and deliberate campaign of coercive diplomacy in the South China Sea. Mastro discusses how China's recent decision to build a military garrison in the city of Sansha challenges two key aspects of the conventional wisdom in Washington about China’s South China Sea strategy.

  • May 3, 2012

Bulletin 2: Don't Forget About the East China Sea

By Michael Auslin

The East China Sea may be the most strategic location in all of Asia. While the media and policymakers have paid considerable attention to the geopolitical significance of the South China Sea, the East China Sea deserves equal attention. Like the South China Sea, it is rife with contested territorial claims, larger military buildups among the principal players of the region and a geopolitical significance that impinges even more directly on long-standing U.S. security commitments.