The South China Sea and ASEAN’s 32nd Summit Meeting

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is set to convene its 32nd Summit in Singapore on April 28. The Diplomat has received draft copies of two important policy documents that are set to be released at the conclusion of the summit: the ASEAN Leaders’ Vision for A Resilient and Innovative ASEAN and the Zero Draft of the Chairman’s Statement of 32nd ASEAN Summit. The Leaders’ Vision statement is a nine-page document divided into a Read More …

India and China’s Tug of War Over Nepal

By Kamal Dev Bhattarai in The Diplomat In the last week of December, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced that it is planning to hold its first-ever joint military exercise with Nepal. Though Chinese military assistance to Nepal has significantly increased in recent years, this is the first time that China has proposed a joint military exercise — and Nepal accepted. The development came as Nepal is proposing to change some provisions of the 1950 Peace Read More …

China Confirms Export of 8 Submarines to Pakistan

By Franz-Stefan Gady at The Diplomat The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) has for the first time officially confirmed a project to provide the Pakistan Navy with eight modified diesel-electric attack submarines, the People’s Daily Online reports.  The chairman of CSIC, Hu Wenming, confirmed the deal during a press conference on October 12. The announcement follows a similar statement that was made by the head of the Pakistan Navy’s next-generation submarine program to the Pakistan National Read More …

Is the Belt and Road Initiative Globalizing China’s National Security Policy?

By Sabine Mokry at The Diplomat The suicide bomb attack on the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan in August 2016 highlighted China’s rising external vulnerability in a region at the heart of its signature foreign policy project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). For the first time, attackers with alleged ties to militant groups in Syria targeted a Chinese mission in Central Asia. This event will speed up the development of a more pronounced Chinese security Read More …

Hong Kong Legislature Descends Into Chaos

By Cal Wong in The Diplomat The Hong Kong legislature is set to become a lot more combative and confrontational if the recent swearing in ceremony is anything to go by. The newest lot of elected councilors were set to be officially sworn in on Wednesday, but the body descended into chaos when a number of them used it as an opportunity to make controversial statements. Three localist and pan-democratic lawmakers had their oaths declared Read More …