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  • Japan’s Defence White Paper 2016: An Overview

    Japan’s Defence White Paper 2016: An Overview

    Furthering the premise of an increasingly severe security environment, Japan’s latest defence white paper has accorded relatively more space to its ‘strong concerns’ over China’s ‘active maritime expansion’ as well as progress in North Korea’s missile development programme.

    August 22, 2016

    South Korean Arms Exports to Latin America

    South Korean Arms Exports to Latin America

    ROK is employing an effective combination of gifting equipment combined with joint ventures with local industry, which has the dual effect of increasing exports and forging partnerships with domestic industries in a region where it has hitherto had a very minimal defence relationship.

    August 19, 2016

    China’s Growing Influence in the Caribbean

    China’s Growing Influence in the Caribbean

    China’s push for influence among the Caribbean political elite has been replicated with an equally determined effort to court the military and the bureaucratic elite in the region, often deftly stepping in to take advantage of senseless overreactions on the part of the United States.

    August 03, 2016

    Philippine Naval Weakness Hampers Response to South China Sea Award

    Philippine Naval Weakness Hampers Response to South China Sea Award

    As the need for a modern and capable naval force grows ever more urgent, it remains to be seen if the Philippine Navy’s latest modernisation plans will become a reality or be still-born as was the case with earlier efforts.

    July 19, 2016

    The Hague Ruling on the South China Sea: Has David Taken Down Goliath

    The Hague Ruling on the South China Sea

    Whether the ruling would induce China to adopt a fresh look at the dispute or it would only further complicate the domestic and regional political situations will depend on the domestic, regional and international responses in the coming days and weeks.

    July 14, 2016

    Understanding Duterte: The Unpredictable President of The Philippines

    Understanding Duterte: The Unpredictable President of The Philippines

    The Hague Tribunal’s decision and China’s take on it are unlikely to compel Duterte to ignore economic interests that can be furthered through cooperation with China.

    July 14, 2016

    South China Sea Ruling: India Strikes the Right Balance

    South China Sea Ruling: India Strikes the Right Balance

    While using unexceptionable language, India has actually not supported the Chinese position in the South China Sea and has called upon China to adhere to the limits laid down in the UNCLOS.

    July 14, 2016

    Lessons from the China vs. Philippines Arbitration Saga

    Lessons from the China vs. Philippines Arbitration Saga

    In purely legal terms, the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s decision will be binding, and a refusal to abide by its findings could have consequences. Beijing has, however, made it clear that in the event of a negative ruling it will simply ignore the judgment.

    July 08, 2016

    China’s Growing Arms Sales to Latin America

    China Defence Sales

    The United States, once the dominant influence over the armed forces of the region, is now in danger of losing that position to China and has already lost it in countries like Bolivia and Venezuela.

    June 20, 2016

    Assessing Power Transition in Taiwan: From KMT to DPP

    Assessing Power Transition in Taiwan: From KMT to DPP

    The return of DPP to power is a significant development from the point of view of cross-strait relations and security in East Asia. Given its growing thrust on ‘Act East’, India needs to take note of the political shift in Taiwan and its likely impact at the wider regional level.

    June 01, 2016

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