US needs to tread carefully after South China Sea ruling

A United Nations tribunal has ruled in favor of the Philippines and against China in an arbitration case involving contested territory in the South China Sea. Chinese experts at Cornell University are available for comment on today’s development. Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of government at Cornell University, says that in the aftermath of the ruling, […]

South China Sea court ruling will have profound impact, regardless of decision

On July 12, a United Nations tribunal is expected to rule on an arbitration case involving contested territory in the South China Sea. Allen Carlson, professor of government and expert in Chinese politics at Cornell University, says that the Philippines brought the case to court with the hope of undermining Chinese claims. Regardless of whether […]

US-Vietnam arms deal normalizes relations, counters China

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says that Obama’s decision to end its embargo on arm sales to Vietnam is the final step in normalizing relations between the two countries, but it is also driven by regional concerns. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/pepinsky/ Pepinsky says: “The end of the U.S. […]

U.S. patrols in the South China Sea are likely to boost Chinese military in the region

This week, the U.S. Defense Department dispatched a navy destroyer to contested waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. While the White House has played down the deployment as part of a routine freedom of navigation operation, officials in Beijing denounced the move as a “deliberate provocation.” Jessica Chen Weiss, professor of […]