Making Sense of the Philippines ‘Crossing the Rubicon’

In September 2016, the Philippines’ President, Roderigo Duterte (DU30) claimed that he is willing to ‘cross the Rubicon’ in terms of the Philippines’ historic security relationship with the United States, and tilt the country towards Russia and China. To be clear, DU30 insists he does not mean cutting ties with the United States; rather he … More Making Sense of the Philippines ‘Crossing the Rubicon’

Singapore-China Spat October 2016: my views

The recent spat between Singapore and China is, in my opinion, instructive of global attempts at socialising China into the existing rules-based international order. Ever since Deng Xiaoping took control of Chinese politics, China has undergone a series of remarkable economic reforms that transformed China’s economy into one of the world’s largest economies, second currently … More Singapore-China Spat October 2016: my views

The Strategic Hubris of “Socialising” China: The Lessons of the PCA Ruling

This is something that I have wanted to write about for some time. When the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) delivered its ruling in August 2016, it left absolutely no doubt that the Spratly Islands are precisely not that, islands! For China, indeed any other state, to claim the Spratly Islands as theirs, and to … More The Strategic Hubris of “Socialising” China: The Lessons of the PCA Ruling