Japanese seafood ban signals China’s shady virtues

Walter Brenno Colnaghi, LSE

On 24 August 2023, immediately after Japanese authorities released treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, China suspended all seafood imports from Japan. While the public’s concerns over contamination might justify the decision, China’s track record of employing…

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Trust building pivotal to US–Pacific Islands relations

Nguyen Hoang Thuy Tien, Tokyo International University , for East Asia Forum

The United States is increasingly concerned about the geopolitical complications posed by China’s expanding presence in the Pacific in the past decade. But Washington must prioritise gaining the trust of the Pacific Island countries to ensure meaningful commitment to the region — without Beijing’s…

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Can the Philippine Coast Guard Maintain Its Momentum?

Author: Jay Tristan Tarriela and Jeffrey Ordaniel,for The Diplomat

The new PCG Commandant will be critical for sustaining reform and the Philippines’ maritime security approach.

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China’s ‘blue dragon’ strategy in the Indo-Pacific

Patrick Mendis and Antonina Luszczykiewicz, for ASPI The Strategist

To compete strategically with the United States and undermine President Joe Biden’s Indo-Pacific policy, China has quietly been advancing its stealthy divide-and-conquer foreign policy agenda on four different but connected frontiers. The core of Beijing’s comprehensive plan can be described as a…

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AUKUS brings more than nuclear submarines to Southeast Asia

Abdul Rahman Yaacob, Lowy Institute, for East Asia Forum

The AUKUS agreement between the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia significantly shifts Australia’s defence strategy and future capabilities by providing the opportunity for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines. But Australia will also receive advanced technologies under…

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The Philippines’ high-stakes options at Second Thomas Shoal

Euan Graham, for ASPI The Strategist

The Philippine Coast Guard’s highlighting of China’s harassment of its vessels near Second Thomas Shoal has undoubtedly boosted sympathy for Manila in its David-versus-Goliath struggle to maintain jurisdiction and sovereignty in the South China Sea. Under daily challenge from Beijing, the…

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Australia must speak up against Beijing’s bullying of the Philippines

Justin Bassi and Euan Graham, for ASPI The Strategist

Last weekend, China’s coastguard and maritime militia carried out dangerous and aggressive manoeuvres against a small Philippines boat, blocking and blasting it with a powerful water cannon.

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Not just another naval exercise: Malabar’s vital messaging

Jennifer Parker, for ASPI The Strategist

US President Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘A good navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace’. Those poignant words were uttered in 1902 but they have a distinct relevance to the era in which we find ourselves now.

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South Korea’s role in Indo-Pacific maritime domain awareness

Jeung Seung Lee, for Pacific Forum

In December 2022, the Yoon Suk Yeol administration released its “Strategy for a Free, Peaceful, and Prosperous Indo-Pacific Region” in which ROK will take a leading role as a “Global Pivotal State” to promote the freedom, peace, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific. To implement the strategy, the…

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