Economic Relations between China and ASEAN

Written by Richard Pomfret. As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations celebrates its fiftieth birthday in 2017, it is striking how dramatically relations with China have changed over that half-century.  Initially, ASEAN was a grouping of non-communist nations in the frontline of the Cold War in Asia. In […]

Can China rival the U.S. Navy in the Pacific?

Written by Robert Beckhusen. The name Valery Vasilevich Babich is an important one in the world of aircraft carrier construction. A 76-year-old Ukrainian shipbuilder and journalist, Babich was instrumental in the construction of the Soviet Union’s aircraft carriers including the Admiral Kuznetsov, the Admiral Gorshkov-turned-Vikramaditya now in Indian service, and the Varyag which is […]

ASEAN and China

Written by Anne Booth. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed in 1967 as a regional grouping comprising five non-Communist governments in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Although the grouping did not initially have any explicit economic goals, in 1976 the five heads […]