China-Vietnam clash – interview for BBC World

China-Vietnam clash – interview for BBC World

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in South China Sea | No Comments

          Why has China sent an oil rig, guarded by a flotilla of ships, into disputed waters near the Paracel Islands and sparked a confrontation with Vietnam just days before a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)? An interview explaining the background for BBC World’s Newsday programme. Link […]

Talks at University of the Philippines

Talks at University of the Philippines

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in South China Sea | No Comments

  A copy of my presentation on the origin of the U-shaped-line can be found here. I gave two presentations at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines – Diliman on Friday 25th April 2014. Around a hundred staff, students and members of the public were there. I was honoured by the attendance […]

China, the media and the search for MH370

China, the media and the search for MH370

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

  An article for the CSIS CogitAsia blog on how the search for the missing Malaysian airliner has demonstrated the capabilities gap between China and the US and its allies but also how a combination of US operational secrecy and China’s developing public diplomacy has concealed the extent of that gap leaving a misleading impression […]

China’s priorities in the search for MH370

China’s priorities in the search for MH370

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in South China Sea | No Comments

An article on The Diplomat about the China Coast Guard’s decision to prioritise its blockade of the Philippines garrison on the Second Thomas Shoal over the hunt for the missing airliner Flight MH370. I argue that, had the airliner crashed in the South China Sea, the decision not to redeploy those Coast Guard ships could […]

China’s non-existent southernmost territory

China’s non-existent southernmost territory

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in South China Sea | No Comments

The story of how a translation error some 80 years ago led to a modern territorial dispute. In a fit of nationalist enthusiasm, a Chinese committee working from a British map laid claim to a piece of seabed off Borneo… Link to the original article here. Follow bill_hayton