Broadening the Quad’s appeal in the Indo-Pacific

William Choong and Sharon Seah, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, for East Asia Forum

The wilderness years of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad), after its initial inception during the 2004 Asian tsunami, are over. The latest summit in Tokyo reaffirmed its mission as a ‘force for good’ while promising a broad array of Indo-Pacific cyber security, maritime awareness,…

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Countering hybrid threats in the Indo-Pacific

Lesley Seebeck, Emily Williams and Jake Wallis, for The Strategist

Enabled by digital technologies and fuelled by geopolitical competition, hybrid threats in the Indo-Pacific are increasing in breadth, application and intensity. Hybrid threats are a mix of military, non-military, covert and overt activities by state and non-state actors that occur below the level…

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Close encounters of the PLA kind: Xi shows the South Pacific its future

Michael Shoebridge for The Strategist

The 26 May incident where a Chinese fighter aircraft fired flares and chaff at an Australian maritime patrol aircraft in international airspace above the South China Sea, risking a potentially fatal crash, is not an isolated episode. And it’s not peculiar to the Australia–China relationship, so it…

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‘The Philippines supports AUKUS’. Not so fast

Makoi Popioco, Canberra, for East Asia Forum

The Philippines was the first from ASEAN to announce support for AUKUS — the tripartite nuclear-powered submarine pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States aimed at countering China in the Indo-Pacific. But the Philippines’ reception of AUKUS has oscillated from warm to cold…

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Philippines’ Marcos Pledges to Uphold Landmark South China Sea Ruling

Sebastian Strangio for the Diplomat

The promise came following campaign trail comments advocating a bilateral deal with Beijing over outstanding maritime and territorial disputes.

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Philippines establishes coast guard outposts in disputed sea

The Mainichi (Japan)

The Philippines has established three coast guard outposts on three islands in the disputed South China Sea to monitor ship movements and promote safety, officials said Friday, amid increasing maritime tensions with China.

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As Biden visits Asia, China launches South China Sea drills

The Mainichi (Japan)

China is holding military exercises in the disputed South China Sea coinciding with U.S. President Joe Biden's visits to South Korea and Japan that are largely focused on countering the perceived threat from Beijing.

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Will Europe’s emerging Indo-Pacific presence last?

Mary E Lovely, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Russia’s willingness to use force in Europe creates incentives for a division of labour between Europe and the United States. This allows Europe to focus on deterring challenges on NATO’s eastern and northern flank, while the United States focuses on preventing Beijing from turning the Indo-Pacific…

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Middle-power security agreements help maintain regional maritime order

Rahul Mishra and Peter Brian M. Wang for The Strategist

Amid debate on initiatives such as the Quad and AUKUS, Malaysia and Indonesia are looking for alternative security frameworks based on cooperative principles in line with ASEAN’s aversion to notions of collective security.

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