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
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
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.
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
In early June, an article in the New York Times quoted a TV interview with Gen.Ma Xiaotian, a Deputy Chief of the General Staff in the People’s Liberation Army. The Times, however, did not discuss the most interesting part of what he said. The rest of the interview illuminated China’s strategy in the South China Sea, especially an … Continue reading The PLA in the South China Sea