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

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

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 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.

China-India Geopolitical Competition: First Maldives, Next Sri Lanka?

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It’s not just the Maldives where India and China are staring each other down in the Indian Ocean. The “Resplendent Island” is also a potential frontline in the simmering geopolitical competition between Asia’s giants.

China: Friend, Foe, or Something in Between

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It’s time for US policy planners to deal with the China that exists, and not the imaginary one they have long hoped for.

Maldives: A Domestic Crisis with Geopolitical Consequences?

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A political crisis in Maldives is presenting possible inroads for China’s ‘string of pearls’ strategy in the Indian Ocean.

Indo-Japan-US Naval Exercises: A Geopolitical Analysis

170713-N-AX638-0167 CHENNAI, India (July 13, 2017) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) departs Chennai, India, to begin the at-sea phase of Malabar 2017. Malabar 2017 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises between the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force and U.S. Navy that has grown in scope and complexity over the years to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tyler Preston/Released)

India, Japan, and the United States are all after the same thing in Malabar 2017: a bigger presence in the Indian Ocean.

Malabar 2017: Does India Have a Friend in the Japanese Navy?

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What do recent Malabar 2017 naval exercises mean for Japan-India maritime ties?

Vietnam’s Area Denial Strategy and the South China Sea Dispute

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Vietnam has been boosting its A2/AD capabilities in the context of the South China Sea dispute. But how will they stand up to non-conventional threats?

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