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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Australia needs an overarching maritime security strategy

Tom Barber and Melissa Conley Tyler, for ASPI The Strategist

Maritime security is a term that can mean almost anything. For many, it conjures images of big-ticket ‘hard security’ issues like military modernisation, island-building, freedom-of-navigation operations, maritime surveillance, grey-zone tactics and maritime militia.

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A work in progress: The Indo-Pacific partnership for maritime domain awareness

Ahana Roy, for Pacific Forum

A year ago, the four leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (“Quad”) convened in Tokyo and released a joint statement launching the Indo-Pacific Partnership for Maritime Domain Awareness (IPMDA). This initiative’s primary objective is to enhance maritime security and domain awareness by…

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Coast Guard cooperation: Heading off a troubling storm?

John Bradford & Scott Edwards, for Pacific Forum

This week the coast guards of Japan, the Philippines, and the United States conduct their first-ever exercise, two weeks after the United States and Japan delivered joint training in the Philippines. In another precedent-setting, first-ever event, on May 4 senior leaders from nine Indo-Pacific…

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US, Japanese, Philippine Coast Guard Ships Stage Law Enforcement Drills Near South China Sea

Aaron Favila and Joeal Calupitan,for The Diplomat

Philippine officials say such joint exercises with U.S. forces do not target any country. But Beijing says increased U.S. security deployments in Asia target China and undermine regional stability.

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