Overlapping Claims and Major Powers

Yesterday, the head of PetroVietnam, Vietnam's state-owned oil company, gave a briefing in response to CNOOC's announcement of new blocks in the South China Sea. The briefing included a map, shown below, which indicates the extent to which China's blocks overlap with Vietnam's.  It also shows which foreign oil companies are targeted by CNOOC's announcement -- Gazprom, … Continue reading Overlapping Claims and Major Powers

The South China Sea Oil Card

Over the weekend, the China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) quietly announced that nine new blocks in the South China Sea were now open to foreign oil companies for exploration and development.  This move reflects one of the starkest efforts by China to assert its maritime rights in these disputed waters – and constitutes a direct challenge … Continue reading The South China Sea Oil Card

How to Defuse South China Sea Conflicts

Yesterday, I published a short piece in the Asian Wall Street Journal, "How to Defuse South China Sea Conflicts." The op-ed explores the lessons that can be learned from the standoff between China and the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Read it here.

Model Worker

The folks at , a website and research firm that tracks the Chinese media and Internet, published its annual last week. The awards contain a "a list of the best specialist websites, blogs and online sources of information about China." Yours truly was listed as one of ten runner-ups for China-related tweeters. The collection of … Continue reading Model Worker