James Borton

James Borton

James Borton has been reporting on Southeast Asia for nearly three decades and has just completed his book, Dispatches from the South China Sea: The Search for Common Ground. He is a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Foreign Policy Institute.

Latest from James Borton

Opinion | How US’ new Indo-Pacific economic strategy could edge out China’s digital silk road in Asia

Digital trade is the top selling point of the framework, which the US is set to discuss at the Asean special summit this week. But first, both sides have to tackle a big sticking point: intellectual property protection.

Digital trade is the top selling point of the framework, which the US is set to discuss at the Asean special summit this week. But first, both sides have to tackle a big sticking point: intellectual property protection.

10 May 2022 - 1:30AM
Opinion | How science diplomacy can help avert a South China Sea ecological disaster

Science-based voices are vital to help protect the region’s ocean as land reclamation, industrial run-off and overfishing risk irreversible damage. Science diplomacy can establish a starting point for regional cooperation to deal with environmental and geopolitical problems.

Science-based voices are vital to help protect the region’s ocean as land reclamation, industrial run-off and overfishing risk irreversible damage. Science diplomacy can establish a starting point for regional cooperation to deal with environmental and geopolitical problems.

25 Nov 2021 - 2:35AM
Opinion | Western vaccine nationalism is opening the door for China to lead the global recovery

While the West has reason to feel the end of the pandemic is near, things look bleaker for other parts of the planet. If viable alternatives to Western vaccines emerge, rich countries could find China has usurped the mantle of vaccine leadership.

While the West has reason to feel the end of the pandemic is near, things look bleaker for other parts of the planet. If viable alternatives to Western vaccines emerge, rich countries could find China has usurped the mantle of vaccine leadership.

18 May 2021 - 9:26AM
Opinion | Asia can’t escape sexual violence in conflict zones without addressing the past

Reports of sexual violence against women in detention in Myanmar draw attention to a broader pattern which Asian governments have not addressed apolitically. For instance, South Korea’s dogmatism in fighting for reparations for the ‘comfort women’ is at odds with its failure to acknowledge a dark chapter in Vietnam war history.

Reports of sexual violence against women in detention in Myanmar draw attention to a broader pattern which Asian governments have not addressed apolitically. For instance, South Korea’s dogmatism in fighting for reparations for the ‘comfort women’ is at odds with its failure to acknowledge a dark chapter in Vietnam war history.

24 Mar 2021 - 7:45AM
Opinion | As nations fight for control, South China Sea coral reefs are dying in silence

The devastation wrought by island building in the waters, mainly by China, has wide impact on an already fragile ecosystem. Cooperation on scientific research and environmental management must be encouraged to limit the damage, and as a way to build trust.

The devastation wrought by island building in the waters, mainly by China, has wide impact on an already fragile ecosystem. Cooperation on scientific research and environmental management must be encouraged to limit the damage, and as a way to build trust.

29 Dec 2018 - 9:07AM