The United States attempts to focus on its military and diplomatic interests in Asia despite the ongoing debacle in Afghanistan; Japan and Taiwan continue to grow closer; India seeks to cement its position; and European nations send mixed signals.
Latest in South China Sea
Once again, China is showing its disdain for the rules-based international legal order that regulates activities at sea.
Water Wars: Tense Relations Between China and the Philippines; Europe and Japan Seek Larger Roles in the Region
Relations between China and the Philippines continue to smolder; U.S. freedom of navigation operations continue; Japan and Europe move to address broader Indo-Pacific stability.
Water Wars: Chinese Maritime Militia Disperses Amid Political Standoff With the Philippines and the United States
China’s “gray-zone” tactics around the South China Sea, diplomatic developments with Taiwan and applying the Law of the Sea in the Spratly Islands.
Can the world’s most powerful militaries make progress on improving operational safety and preventing miscalculation?
Return of the Quad, China’s “real combat” training, and maritime lawfare in the East and South China Seas.
A Chinese simulated strike on a U.S. aircraft carrier, naval operations in the South China Sea and Biden’s ally-focused China strategy.
The U.S. reaffirms its position on Taiwan and the Senkakus; and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing increases the risk of conflict in the South China Sea.
Continued tensions in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait, a reemphasized U.S. naval focus on China, and Japanese outreach to European nations.
Tension around “Fortress Taiwan,” concern for the Senkakus, and naval exercises in the South China Sea.