A Chinese simulated strike on a U.S. aircraft carrier, naval operations in the South China Sea and Biden’s ally-focused China strategy.
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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.
The second ministerial meeting of “the Quad” produced few tangible results; military tensions with Taiwan continued to escalate; and the South China Sea was busy with warships from the United States, China and Japan.
The past month in the Indo-Pacific saw flyovers of military exercises, anti-ship ballistic missiles and rising Taiwan tensions.
Summer in the South China Sea—a hardened U.S. policy, extensive naval operations and a Twitter skirmish.
Chinese aggression and a ubiquitous U.S. military are becoming the new normal for the pandemic’s “great power competition” in the Indo-Pacific.
As the coronavirus upends military operations across the Indo-Pacific, naval powers commit to costly signaling on Taiwan and the South China Sea.
Winter has been a relatively quiet time in the South Pacific as policy priorities shifted in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, but the Philippines’s stated intent to depart the U.S. defense pact may destabilize the regional balance yet again.