Tian Shichen

Tian Shichen

Captain (Retired) Andy (Shichen) Tian, a senior research fellow, is founder and president of the Global Governance Institution and director of the Center for International Law of Military Operations in Beijing. He is also a China Forum expert.

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Opinion | Taiwan Strait dispute: ‘international waters’ is merely a US concoction to maintain its maritime hegemony

By reclassifying all waters seaward of territorial seas as international waters, the US can claim all the high seas freedoms while avoiding any of the obligations due to coastal states. In this sense, the term allows Washington to maintain the mobility of its warships in the world’s oceans.

By reclassifying all waters seaward of territorial seas as international waters, the US can claim all the high seas freedoms while avoiding any of the obligations due to coastal states. In this sense, the term allows Washington to maintain the mobility of its warships in the world’s oceans.

21 Jun 2022 - 3:49AM
Opinion | How the US uses its Asian allies in great-power competition with China

The US defence secretary’s tour of Southeast Asia serves to apply pressure on its allies to choose sides. America’s claim of being a reliable partner and stabilising influence in the region should also be questioned in light of its wavering commitment in the past.

The US defence secretary’s tour of Southeast Asia serves to apply pressure on its allies to choose sides. America’s claim of being a reliable partner and stabilising influence in the region should also be questioned in light of its wavering commitment in the past.

30 Jul 2021 - 4:34AM
Opinion | In Australia’s Twitter row with China, no surprise who the West sides with

The row over Australian findings of war crimes in Afghanistan is part of a long chain of Australia-China disputes. Australia’s allies have understandably taken its side. Such double standards in the West’s approach to China are nothing new.

The row over Australian findings of war crimes in Afghanistan is part of a long chain of Australia-China disputes. Australia’s allies have understandably taken its side. Such double standards in the West’s approach to China are nothing new.

8 Dec 2020 - 10:18AM
Opinion | As a new cold war dawns and the US pursues strategic competition with China, Beijing must reassess its own policies

In response to the US’ new confrontational policy, China must exercise its right to safeguard national sovereignty, adhere to multilateralism and expand the reform and opening up process.

In response to the US’ new confrontational policy, China must exercise its right to safeguard national sovereignty, adhere to multilateralism and expand the reform and opening up process.

27 May 2020 - 6:15AM
Opinion | The US is endangering peace in the South China Sea by enforcing its own interpretations of maritime law

The US is not a signatory to the UN convention on the law of the sea, yet it still judges another country’s ‘excessive maritime claims’ according to its own understanding of the rules.

The US is not a signatory to the UN convention on the law of the sea, yet it still judges another country’s ‘excessive maritime claims’ according to its own understanding of the rules.

4 Mar 2020 - 11:00AM