Chinese Military Power
In its competition with the United States, Beijing might be attempting to win without firing a shot.
The Visiting Forces Agreement was the glue that held the US-Philippines security relationship together.
The Northern Sea Route through the Arctic will alter global trade flows and in doing so create new geopolitical chokepoints. Chief among them is the Bering Strait, where US, Russian, and Chinese interests converge.
If Beijing is serious about securing the SLOC, the construction of new overseas military bases is a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’
Naval power has been a key element of great power conflict in the past, and growing hostility between the United States and China won’t prove an exception.
Opposition politician Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the Maldives’ general election, putting China’s latest foray into India’s backyard in jeopardy.
If Doraleh port goes the way of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and is ceded to China for non-payment of debt, the United States sprawling Camp Lemonnier could be rendered militarily unviable.
September will mark the first Chinese military parade under the leadership of Xi Jinping, an event that will have geopolitical significance for domestic and international audiences.
The Abe government is looking to expanded defense cooperation with Southeast Asian nations as a way to counter China’s growing assertiveness and military clout in the region.
Daniel Bodirsky examines the historical context of Vietnam’s apprehension towards its powerful northern neighbor.