Collin Koh

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Opinion | Asean can no longer afford to be subtle over the South China Sea

The bloc needs to unambiguously and collectively articulate its concerns on the disputed waterway, whether it names and shames Beijing or otherwise, or it risks sliding into irrelevance.

The bloc needs to unambiguously and collectively articulate its concerns on the disputed waterway, whether it names and shames Beijing or otherwise, or it risks sliding into irrelevance.

Asean can no longer afford to be subtle over the South China Sea
6 Jul 2020 - 4:24PM
Can Xi Jinping’s visit help China cash in on Myanmar’s image crisis?

Chinese president’s two-day trip comes as nations mark 70 years of diplomatic ties.

Chinese president’s two-day trip comes as nations mark 70 years of diplomatic ties.

Can Xi Jinping’s visit help China cash in on Myanmar’s image crisis?
17 Feb 2020 - 3:19PM
Opinion | Drills show US is committed to a sustained military presence in Western Pacific

Multiple exercises involving marines and navy come amid rising tensions in region and spiralling disputes between Washington and Beijing, Collin Koh writes.

Multiple exercises involving marines and navy come amid rising tensions in region and spiralling disputes between Washington and Beijing, Collin Koh writes.

Drills show US is committed to a sustained military presence in Western Pacific
22 Sep 2019 - 11:11PM
Opinion | Should China be worried about the US-Asean sea drill?

Scope of the Asean-US Maritime Exercise next week will be limited, to avoid giving Beijing any wrong idea about Southeast Asian countries joining a US-led China-containment scheme.

Scope of the Asean-US Maritime Exercise next week will be limited, to avoid giving Beijing any wrong idea about Southeast Asian countries joining a US-led China-containment scheme.

Should China be worried about the US-Asean sea drill?
2 Sep 2019 - 6:24AM
Opinion | Could Manila’s flip-flopping over Reed Bank make Beijing more aggressive?

How nations react to ‘grey zone’ encounters with foreign aggressors can have a significant impact on their future interactions, says Collin Koh.

How nations react to ‘grey zone’ encounters with foreign aggressors can have a significant impact on their future interactions, says Collin Koh.

Could Manila’s flip-flopping over Reed Bank make Beijing more aggressive?
7 Jul 2019 - 11:14PM
US-China rivalry will continue to roil Asia – even as Beijing and Washington avoid military clash

Defence chiefs Patrick Shanahan and Wei Fenghe tamped down the rhetoric and used a side meeting to further mutual understanding. But with neither Washington nor Beijing prepared to cede ground on security priorities, their strategic stalemate will continue to shape regional diplomacy.

Defence chiefs Patrick Shanahan and Wei Fenghe tamped down the rhetoric and used a side meeting to further mutual understanding. But with neither Washington nor Beijing prepared to cede ground on security priorities, their strategic stalemate will continue to shape regional diplomacy.

US-China rivalry will continue to roil Asia – even as Beijing and Washington avoid military clash
3 Jun 2019 - 10:12PM
Opinion | The challenges that drive up military spending – in Asia-Pacific and beyond

Collin Koh writes that military operations in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere plausibly will have to do more with less in the coming years.

Collin Koh writes that military operations in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere plausibly will have to do more with less in the coming years.

The challenges that drive up military spending – in Asia-Pacific and beyond
6 May 2019 - 10:17PM
Opinion | How China’s growing PLA Navy could close a perception gap in the South China Sea

Collin Koh writes that a political solution is the way to win trust in the disputed maritime region as China’s naval force grows more powerful and modern.

Collin Koh writes that a political solution is the way to win trust in the disputed maritime region as China’s naval force grows more powerful and modern.

How China’s growing PLA Navy could close a perception gap in the South China Sea
17 Mar 2019 - 10:06PM
Opinion | Why a leaner, meaner PLA must be sensitive to worries about China’s military rise

The PLA of the future will be ‘more capable of projecting its power to secure China’s national interests in the region and globally’, writes Collin Koh.

The PLA of the future will be ‘more capable of projecting its power to secure China’s national interests in the region and globally’, writes Collin Koh.

Why a leaner, meaner PLA must be sensitive to worries about China’s military rise
2 Feb 2019 - 9:40PM
Opinion | South China Sea code of conduct talks may not all be plain sailing next year

Talks between Beijing and Asean about agreeing a code of conduct will continue, but while they do it may be well be business as usual for many interested parties.

Talks between Beijing and Asean about agreeing a code of conduct will continue, but while they do it may be well be business as usual for many interested parties.

South China Sea code of conduct talks may not all be plain sailing next year
29 Dec 2018 - 9:21AM
South China Sea talks necessarily a slow burner – but consensus on what ‘militarisation’ means will help keep them on the boil
  • Li Keqiang may be right to warn that a code of conduct for the sea could take three years: it is effectively an arms control mechanism, though not the classical type and its 11 parties have much to resolve.
  • Li Keqiang may be right to warn that a code of conduct for the sea could take three years: it is effectively an arms control mechanism, though not the classical type and its 11 parties have much to resolve.
South China Sea talks necessarily a slow burner – but consensus on what ‘militarisation’ means will help keep them on the boil
24 Nov 2018 - 11:07PM
On Reflection | US-China tensions: is war the endgame in the South China Sea?

A close encounter between a Chinese destroyer and the USS Decatur may have been an attempt by Beijing to keep tensions from crossing into an outright armed confrontation for which neither side is ready.

A close encounter between a Chinese destroyer and the USS Decatur may have been an attempt by Beijing to keep tensions from crossing into an outright armed confrontation for which neither side is ready.

US-China tensions: is war the endgame in the South China Sea?
6 Oct 2018 - 11:58AM
Don’t expect Beijing’s South China Sea ‘breakthrough’ to weaken US ties with Asean nations
12 Aug 2018 - 10:35PM
How China is quietly increasing its ability to wage war at sea
7 Apr 2018 - 10:41PM
Troubled waters ahead for code of conduct in the South China Sea
11 Feb 2018 - 10:01PM
Opinion: How Myanmar is benefiting from the China-India rivalry
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Lull in South China Sea tensions brings joint Asean-China naval drill closer
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM