Although many analyses focus on China’s military build-up on Woody Island, it is also important to explore the non-military developments that are often found at the front line of maritime disputes in Asia.
Observers often attribute contradictory statements from the Duterte administration to the natural byproduct of having such a notoriously mercurial character as commander-in-chief. What this conventional strand of analysis misses is the fact that Duterte and his generals are in a constant low-intensity struggle over shaping the Philippines’ policies on sensitive territorial and strategic issues.
Have the United States and like-minded states already lost in the South China Sea? No, but they are losing, and quickly.
The official commissioning of six new Kilo submarines is a landmark moment for the Vietnam People's Navy in its transformation from a brown-water to a green-water navy.