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Stephen Nagy

Dr Stephen Nagy is a senior associate professor at the International Christian University in Tokyo; a distinguished fellow with Canada's Asia Pacific Foundation; a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI); and a visiting fellow with the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA). Twitter handle: @nagystephen1

Japan-Australia Defense Treaty: US Allies Adapting to New Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

PHILIPPINE SEA (July 21, 2020) The Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), left, the frigate HMAS Arunta (FFH 151), the landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Canberra (L02), the fleet replenishment vessel HMAS Sirius (O 266), the U.S. Navy forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JS Teruzuki (DD 116) and HMAS Stuart (FFH 153) steam into formation during a trilateral exercise. Trilateral exercises between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Australian Defense Force and U.S. Navy support shared goals of peace and stability while enhancing regional security and the right of all nations to trade, communicate, and choose their destiny in a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Codie L. Soule/Released) 200721-N-KP021-0168, modified, Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavy/50137245777/in/photolist-2josuq2-2jmvEp6-2jm8sE8-2jkSuhr-2jaqm7M-2j25Qqn-2j24fgm-2iYUQwx-2iVXG34-2iVXE6Z-2iVXAt3-2iS4kYp-2iMyPVN-2iFXQD1-2iDBb1T-2ixP8es-2ixSVrF-2ixEfDF-2iwE8DU-2jtDpj2-2jnF9eR-2jnE1qR-2jnE1qa-2jnB6AZ-2jnB6Ao-2jkSubQ-2jkSu9a-2iW8ieK-2iVVqUT-2iJ8u8Z-2iJa75x-2iJ5Lez-2iJa73o-2iJ5Lds-2iJ8u4A-2iJ5LbJ-2iJ5Lb8-2iJ8u3y-2iJ8u2X-2iAvB73-2iAvB7d-2iAuhmD-2ixJ2K5-2ixEfFz-2ixJ2q2-2iwbSsB-2iweqCh-2ivwZGc-2ivAATY-2ivwRnX

The new defense pact is a concrete demonstration that Washington’s closest security partners are proactively increasing their contributions to the Indo-Pacific region.

Ties that Bind: Huawei and the Chinese Party-State

cc Wistula, wikicommons, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marsza%C5%82kowska_84-92,_Huawei.jpg

Western lawmakers that assume a legal or operational firewall between Huawei and the Chinese party-state are deluding themselves.

Hong Kong Protests: Echoes of Tiananmen Square

HKLeninWall, cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Hong Kong’s quest for identity recognition, transparency, good governance, and rule-of-law is starting to resemble one of the darkest moments in China’s modern history.

High-Tech Domination and the US-China Trade War: AI Is Cheapening Authoritarian Governance

made in china, cc Flickr Martin Abegglen, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

As a path to economic success and a way to cement its rule, AI represents a lucrative frontier for the Chinese Communist Party. So although Made in China 2025 might be forced to change its branding, the core of the policy isn’t going anywhere.

Twin Traps Imperil China’s Trajectory in the Decade Ahead

XIJPT, cc FLickr APEC 2013, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Avoiding the Thucydides Trap and the middle-income trap will require compromise, domestic stability, and constructive relations with the US.

Geopolitics in the South China Sea: Expansionism in the Shadow of North Korean Drama

VinsonVietnam, USS Carl Vinson docks in Vietnam's Da Nang port. CC Official U.S. Navy Page Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With ASEAN sidelined and all eyes on North Korea, Vietnam can only sit and watch as China consolidates its position in the South China Sea.

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