China narrows the South China Sea

Written by Bharat Karnad. China has gone some ways to obtaining by force a mare clausum (closed sea) in the waters off Southeast Asia without meeting any real resistance to date. The July 2016 verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague may have crimped Beijing’s plans but […]

Towards a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea

Written by Nengye Liu. The South China Sea has long been the focus of the world’s attention because of complex territorial disputes. In 2002, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) adopted the non-binding Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC). Article 10 […]

BRI: Implications for Southeast Asia

Written by Munmun Majumdar. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has, broadly speaking, two components—the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) on land and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR) on sea. China’s Maritime Silk Road clearly segregates the economic-commercial-connectivity paradigm while avoiding the articulation of the military-naval dimension […]

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 […]

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 […]