The following interview with Alexander Vuving was carried out in Honolulu on March 27, 2015 by Patrick Renz and Frauke Heidemann. The main focus of the interview was on the South China Sea, ranging from the Chinese land reclamation activities to the legal case brought forward by the Philippines and Vietnam and the historic background of the territorial disputes, as well as on U.S.-China relations. All footnotes are remarks by Patrick Renz and Frauke Heidemann, aimed at giving some additional background knowledge and providing the links to the cited documents so that the reader can follow up on these issues easily. South China Sea The land reclamation activities by China are not a new phenomenon as other neighbors have built structures before as well. Yet some experts argue that while the land reclamation activities by China are happening on a different scale, they still don't add strategic value in a conflict scenario that includes the U.S. Furthermore, from a legal perspective … [Read more...] about Chinas’s ‘Sun Tzu’s strategy’: preparing for winning without fighting
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Editor's Note:Dr. Terry F. Buss is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration. He wrote this article exclusively for Tuoi Tre News. On February 6, 2015, President Obama released his National Security Strategy (NSS) that serves as U.S. policy for the remaining two years of his presidency. NSS is supposed to set priorities to guide funding and resourcing decisions and to ensure that security, intelligence, defense and humanitarian functions are widely understood and properly coordinated. In the past, foreign governments, international organizations, and terrorists alike, have eagerly anticipated NSS to see where U.S. efforts will be focused. In spite of its importance, the 2015 NSS was dead on arrival. There was very little commentary on NSS from opponents and advocates of the Obama Administration. NSS was supposed to be released in early 2014, but was delayed because of unanticipated Islamic State military advances in Syria and Iraq. On August 29, 2014, … [Read more...] about Obama’s 2015 national security strategy: what does it mean for SE Asia and Vietnam?
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, meet at the U.S. ambassador's residence in The Hague on Mar. 24, 2014 ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit. … [Read more...] about Xi’s great-power drive throws up dilemma for Obama as APEC nears
President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was sending up to 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq but stressed the need for a political solution to the Iraqi crisis as government forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country's biggest refinery. Speaking after a meeting with his national security team, Obama said he was prepared to take "targeted" military action later if deemed necessary, thus delaying but still keeping open the prospect of airstrikes to fend off a militant insurgency. But he insisted that U.S. troops would not return to combat in Iraq. … [Read more...] about Obama sends U.S. military advisers to Iraq as battle rages over refinery
Editor's Note:Terry F. Buss is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University (Australia). He wrote this article exclusively for Tuoitrenews. U.S.-Chinese relations are based on cooperation with the overall mutual goal of attaining security, stability and development in Asia. The Chinese want recognition and respect for what they have accomplished as an emerging superpower. The U.S. wants China to accept its legitimate right to play a major role in trade and security in the region. Both countries understand that they are in intense competition to influence the region, but that they mU.S.t restrain themselves or both will be worse off. This shared framework is agreeable in principle: but in the end it's only words. What counts is how they behave. Over the past few years as China has risen to an economic and military global power, and the U.S. has further withdrawn or becomes bogged down, each country has begun to test the other to determine the limits of … [Read more...] about America’s unfocused policy towards China?