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South China Sea (April 25, 2006) - USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) perform a Pass Exercise with the HTMS Rattanakosin (FSG 441) of the Royal Thai Navy in the South China Sea. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW 2) are currently underway to the western Pacific for a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Intelligence Specialist 1st Class John J. Torres (RELEASED)

Regional Roundup for Week of 6.30.16


It's about time to head up to the poop deck to keep watch for the ruling on the Philippines case against China over the South China Seas. If this summer isn't hot enough already, the temperature is about to increase ...

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Kunming’s Twin Expos, Bigger, More Important Than Ever

Kunming's Twin Expos, Bigger, More Important Than Ever


In a mark of the spring city's growing importance, both on the domestic and international stage, 5,000 businesses and nearly as many officials from eighty-nine countries converged on Kunming. This is, of course, in reference to the fourth annual China-South ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 6.24.16

Regional Roundup for Week of 6.24.16


LEADERS Indonesia, Defying Beijing, Seizes Fishing Boat in South China Sea – NYT The boat and its crew were taken Friday after warships fired warning shots at Chinese vessels suspected of illegal fishing, an Indonesian official said. //This is the newest episode ...

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and ASEAN foreign ministers at special foreign ministers' meeting in Kunming / AFP PHOTO

Not a Repeat, but an Echo: ASEAN’s Retracted Statement and the Specter of the 2012 Joint Communique Failure


The South China Sea was anticipated to be one major topic of discussion during the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Kunming on June 14, but the outcome—the retraction of an ASEAN statement only three hours after being sent to ...

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China’s NDRC and NEA recently announced the government has postponed construction of new coal-fired plants, while halting approval for new plants

China's Impressive Clean Energy Progress Confronted by Emerging Challenges


The energy landscape in China is evolving rapidly. Dire environmental conditions throughout the country are complemented by the growing presence of renewable and efficient energy systems. This trend offers the vivid juxtaposition of a nation desperate to overcome its troubling ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 6.9.16

Regional Roundup for Week of 6.9.16


LEADERS The Heat: China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue Review – CCTV America Known as S&ED, this year’s meeting, held in Beijing, comes at a time of tension over such issues as the South China Sea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ...

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