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Game of Straits: Chinese Military Bases and the SLOC Dilemma

People's Liberation Army (Navy) ship PLA(N) Qiandaohu (AO 886) (foreground) and Republic of Korea Navy ship ROKS Wang Geon (DDH 978) steam in close formation as two of 42 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Renfroe/Released) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People%27s_Liberation_Army_(Navy)_ship_PLA(N)_Qiandaohu_(AO_886)_(foreground)_and_Republic_of_Korea_Navy_ship_ROKS_Wang_Geon_(DDH_978)_steam_in_close_formation_during_Rim_o.jpg

If Beijing is serious about securing the SLOC, the construction of new overseas military bases is a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’

Backgrounder: Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Naval Build-Up

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The Abe government has opted for a two-track approach to naval modernization: balance against China’s growing capabilities and escape the military constraints of Japan’s post-war constitution.

PLA Navy Modernization (March 24, 2019)

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Zac and Nick delve into the details of the PLA Navy's rapid rise as a near-peer competitor to the United States, and what this means for US interests in the Asia Pacific.

Troubled Waters: The US Navy and the Return of Great Power Politics

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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.

US-India Relations in 2019: A Closer Partnership?

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A variety of shared geopolitical interests will bring New Delhi and Washington closer together in the year to come.

South China Sea Dispute: China

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In this first article of a new series on claimants in the South China Sea dispute, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and island-building underpinning China’s claim.

China-India Relations: A Pearl Is Unstrung in the Maldives

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Opposition politician Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the Maldives’ general election, putting China’s latest foray into India’s backyard in jeopardy.

Mending the Marriage: The Importance of Stabilizing US-China Relations

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The US-China bilateral relationship is too big to fail.

China in Talks for a Military Base in Vanuatu

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Reports suggest that China wants to build a military base in Australia’s backyard.

Brunei Abandons South China Sea Claim for Chinese Finance

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The first domino of ASEAN claimant states has fallen as Brunei goes silent on the South China Sea dispute in exchange for closer economic cooperation with China.

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