China and Malaysia in Another Staredown Over Offshore Drilling

November 25, 2020  |  AMTI Brief

China and Malaysia in Another Staredown Over Offshore Drilling

The China Coast Guard (CCG) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) are involved in another standoff over hydrocarbon exploration in the South China Sea. China Coast Guard ship 5402 harassed a drilling rig and its supply ships operating just 44 nautical miles from Malaysia’s Sarawak State on November 19. Malaysia deployed a naval vessel in response, which continues to tail the 5402. The incident seems to have followed two weeks of increasing tensions between the CCG and RMN in the area.

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US-China detente hopes rising in SE Asia

By DAVID HUTTNOVEMBER 28, 2020 Asia Times

Many observers believe a Joe Biden administration will seek to ease tensions stoked with China during Donald Trump’s administration. Image: iStock

Biden’s top envoy says China decoupling was a ‘mistake’ but ASEAN nations will still be pressed to pick superpower sides 

The incoming Joe Biden administration is expected to be more dependable and predictable than Donald Trump’s, a potential cause for relief among Southeast Asian governments that have struggled to read and react to the outgoing US president’s mercurial leadership.

The region, a key battleground for influence between the US and China, may also benefit from a possible de-escalation of tensions between the two superpowers after Biden is inaugurated on January 20.

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Damages in ISDS: Just compensation or highway robbery?

What is investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)? | Đọt Chuối Non

CCSI | 2 November 2020

CCSI (Columbia Center on Sustainable Settlement, Columbia University) hosted an online discussion with George Kahale on issues surrounding valuation in ISDS disputes, which has become the most dangerous aspect of ISDS, as evidenced by the many enormous damages awards of recent years.

This discussion was open to all government officials, civil society, international organizations, and academics.

A transcript of the event is available here.


- George Kahale III

George Kahale is the chairman of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. He has represented many governments and State companies in international transactions and disputes, including several of the world’s largest and best known international arbitrations.

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In latest China jab, US drafts list of 89 firms with military ties

In latest China jab, US drafts list of 89 firms with military ties - CNA

Chinese and US flags flutter near The Bund in Shanghai, China, Jul 30, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Aly Song/Files)

23 Nov 2020 12:06PM(Updated: 23 Nov 2020 05:57PM)

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of US goods and technology, according to a draft copy of the list seen by Reuters.

The list, if published, could further escalate trade tensions with Beijing and hurt US companies that sell civil aviation parts and components to China, among other industries.

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The assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist shot with remote-controlled machine gun, news agency says

By Sara Mazloumsaki and Eliott C. McLaughlinCNN

Updated 1252 GMT (2052 HKT) November 30, 2020

Iran vows revenge after top nuclear scientist killed

Iran holds funeral for assassinated nuclear scientist

WUHAN, CHINA - FEBRUARY 16 2020: Workers move out the body of a COVID-19 victim in a hospital in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Feature China / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

(CNN)The Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated east of Tehran was shot by a remote-controlled machine gun operating out of another car, the semi-official Fars News Agency said Sunday.

With top Iranian officials blaming Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and others have promised revenge for the Friday killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was the country’s chief nuclear scientist.

There were conflicting accounts from Iranian news agencies about how the attack unfolded.

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Asia Pacific leaders make joint appeal for free and fair trade

By Reuters   November 21, 2020 | 09:08 am GMT+7 vnexpressAsia Pacific leaders make joint appeal for free and fair tradeA view show virtual APEC Economic Leaders Meeting 2020, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 20, 2020. Photo by Reuters/Lim Huey Teng.

Asia Pacific leaders set aside differences on Friday with their first joint communique in three years, calling for free and predictable trade amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Leaders of the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), who included Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, U.S. President Donald Trump, China’s President Xi Jinping, also said they would not resort to protectionist policies.

Their joint statement, after a virtual summit hosted by Malaysia, is set against a backdrop of ongoing trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

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