Tension around “Fortress Taiwan,” concern for the Senkakus, and naval exercises in the South China Sea.
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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.
Malaysia and Indonesia lawfare salvos against China, the first made-in-China aircraft carrier and a Japanese military strategy for the South China Sea.
After a summer of dramatic standoffs in the South China Sea, the past month has seen a return to diplomacy and negotiation in Southeast Asian relations.
China and Vietnam are poised for confrontation over oil drilling in the southwestern portion of the South China Sea. Vietnam alleges that a Chinese survey vessel, Haiyang Dizhi 8, has been conducting an oil and gas survey within Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) since July 2019.