CSIS South China Sea conference

CSIS South China Sea conference

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Conference, South China Sea | No Comments

I will be speaking at the fifth annual South China Sea conference organised by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC on Tuesday 21 July. Many of the key voices in discussions about the South China Sea will be there – including Daniel Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. […]

Fact, fiction and the South China Sea

Fact, fiction and the South China Sea

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Online, South China Sea | No Comments

Too much writing about the history of the South China Sea disputes relies on a very small number of books and papers with very poor evidential bases. In this article I show how much of the conventional wisdom originates from a few Chinese newspaper articles published in 1933 and 1974 – times of crisis in […]

Southeast Asia February book tour

Southeast Asia February book tour

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Book, South China Sea | No Comments

I will be giving talks in four Southeast Asia capitals in mid-February. More details to follow but I believe that anyone can attend. There should be an opportunity to buy the book at each event. The talks will be: Kuala Lumpur, MIMA – Tuesday 10 February Singapore, SIIA – Tuesday 10 February Jakarta, CSIS – Wednesday 11 […]

Obscure Chinese oil companies in the SCS

Obscure Chinese oil companies in the SCS

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Online, South China Sea | No Comments

An article I wrote for The Economist, telling the story of two relatively obscure Chinese oil companies and their contrasting approaches to exploring for oil in the South China Sea. Brightoil is going down the conventional route – risking confrontation with Vietnam – while Fosun has bought Roc and is working under Malaysian regulations. The […]

Who makes China’s policy?

Who makes China’s policy?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Online, South China Sea | No Comments

I ventured into a debate between two eminent analysts of Chinese policy-making: Bonnie Glaser of CSIS in Washington and Linda Jakobson of the Lowy Institute in Sydney. Linda recently wrote a very good report highlighting how many of China’s actions in the South China Sea could be explained by the bureaucratic imperatives of the organisations […]

Global Asia – a ‘ fascinating account’

Global Asia – a ‘ fascinating account’

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Book, South China Sea | No Comments

Nayan Chanda, the much respected former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review, has written a lengthy review of the book for the excellent GlobalAsia website. He gives a good overview of the main elements of the book and adds a little vignette of his own about how the communist Vietnamese authorities issued a new map of the […]

WSJ ‘accessibility and accuracy’

WSJ ‘accessibility and accuracy’

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Book, South China Sea | No Comments

A very nice review in the Wall Street Journal by Greg Poling of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. He calls the book, ‘the best combination of accessibility and accuracy so far published on the disputes’ – which is exactly what I hoped he would write! Greg’s a real expert on the nitty gritty of the […]

National Geographic Book Talk

National Geographic Book Talk

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Book, South China Sea | No Comments

An interview with Simon Worrall for National Geographic‘s Book Talk blog. An edited version of our conversation that necessarily simplifies some of my thoughts. Given that Simon wrote National Geographic’s feature on the Belitung Shipwreck (which features in Chapter One of the book) he knows a lot more than me about what happened. He was nice enough not […]

An Economist ‘book of the year’

An Economist ‘book of the year’

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Book, South China Sea | No Comments

I’m very pleased to say that The Economist has listed South China Sea – the struggle for power in Asia as one of its best books of 2014. I’m honoured that it’s among such exalted company as Evan Osnos’s Age of Ambition and Louisa Lim’s People’s Republic of Amnesia.  You can read the full list of books of the […]

Introducing the book – a vodcast for Yale

Introducing the book – a vodcast for Yale

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in South China Sea | No Comments

A vodcast for Yale University Press in which I talk about how I came to write the book, why the islands of the South China Sea are both tiny but very important, the origins of China’s claim to the South China Sea and the importance of the South China Sea to the wider world. It’s […]