Somewhere, under the sea: maritime claims and territorial disputes in the South China Sea
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Somewhere, under the sea: maritime claims and territorial disputes in the South China Sea

By: Cheng Lai Ki The territorial disputes in the South China Sea involve the maritime claims between several sovereign states within the region.  The tension fundamentally involves Brunei-Darussalam, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. Stepping into the 20th century, the world experienced the Chinese economic boom, leading to multiple actions gearing … Continue reading

Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’
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Despite a Historic Summit, Cross-Strait Relations Faces the ‘Certainty of Uncertainty’

By: Jeroen Gelsing On November 7, the world’s press thronged into the Island Ballroom of Singapore’s Shangri-La Hotel. The occasion marked a historic meeting between the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Kuomintang (KMT) – erstwhile foes in the Chinese Civil War, which reached its present stalemate with the KMT retreat to the … Continue reading

Ma’s legacy and Xi’s strategy: the way ahead for cross-strait relations
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Ma’s legacy and Xi’s strategy: the way ahead for cross-strait relations

By: Lauren Dickey A meeting that was sixty-six years in the making began with a minute-long handshake and the cacophony of cameras on rapid-fire as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou greeted the press from the rostrum at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. The November 7th tête-à-tête was the first time the … Continue reading

Taiwan’s new ‘Carrier Killer’ shows both strength and weakness
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Taiwan’s new ‘Carrier Killer’ shows both strength and weakness

By Jackson Webster: This January, Taiwan’s navy received the first order of its newest vessel, the Tuo Jiang. The Taiwan Navy has dubbed this twin-hulled corvette a ‘carrier killer,’ and the Taiwanese Minister of National Defence, Yen Ming, has announced his government’s intention to field an entire fleet of the new domestically-developed ships. The ship’s … Continue reading

Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat
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Is this the end of the Kuomintang in Taiwan? Ma Yingjeou, China, and the KMT electoral defeat

By Jeroen Gelsing: Many have observed that Barack Obama’s presidency has aged him beyond his years. As much, if not more, holds true for Taiwanese president Ma Yingjeou. Since coming to power six years ago, deep furrows and dark shadows have marred the 64-year old politician’s once boyish good looks, whose disastrous second term has … Continue reading