Trade brought prosperity to many of the trading sultanates which lined the coast of the archipelago and peninsula.
China’s rise, the spread of Islam and the arrival of Europeans had a profound effect on the region.
The Silk Road’s historical importance has been vastly exaggerated. It was the sea that was the most important link between east and west.
What does “Southeast Asia” mean beyond a random chunk of geography?
With its short-term focus on what currently occupies the American mind (North Korea), the U.S. is actually playing into China’s hands in Asia.
Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf.
U.S. pressure on China to “do something” about North Korea results from the Trump team’s lack of regional knowledge.
South China Sea islands are arguably ground zero in any potential war between China and Vietnam.
Singapore’s mixed reactions towards China are historically consistent, even if they disappoint some there.