Senkaku Islands Dispute

China’s Naval Strategy in the East China Sea

The USS Ronald Reagan transits the South China Sea, cc Flickr Official U.S. Navy Page, modified, / SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 5, 2016) The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the South China Sea. Ronald Reagan, the Carrier Strike Group Five (CSG 5) flagship, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Burke/Released) 160705-N-OI810-110

Exploring the strategic rationale behind the PLA Navy’s ongoing modernization program.

What Trump Doctrine Means for East Asia

public domain, An F/A-18E Super Hornet takes off from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 16, 2017. The pilot and aircraft are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 137. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano

The overriding thrust of Trump Doctrine in East Asia seems to be a shift toward confrontation with China.

Donald Trump and US Nuclear Policy in East Asia

Nuclear, cc Flickr Tnarik Innael, modified,

Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric would create a domino effect of nuclear proliferation in East Asia, but will the president now follow through?

Japan Stands Firm on Senkaku Islands in East China Sea

150211-N-ZZ999-190, cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors, modified,

Though less prominent than the South China Sea dispute of late, the fight for the Senkaku Islands is far from over.

PLA Navy Vessel Enters Japan’s Territorial Waters around Senkaku Islands

After a long lull in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute, the issue appears to be heating up once again.

Peace Is the Only Answer in China-Japan Island Dispute

Island in in East China Sea

Cooler heads must prevail in the ongoing island dispute between China and Japan.

Japan Slips into the Asian Arms Race

Japanese fighter jet

In a move that could have far-reaching consequences in the Asia Pacific region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has followed through on one of his campaign promises and increased defense spending after nearly a decade of budget reductions.

Japan feeling the squeeze in East Asia

Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the disputed Kurile Islands off the north coast of Japan will surely set alarm bells off within the Japanese defense establishment.

Senkaku: The dawn of a new era of tensions in East Asia

A Chinese man wraps in a Chinese flag during an anti-Japan protest over disputed islands called Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, near the Japanese consulate in Shanghai

Beneath all of the historical score-settling that is driving a meteoric crash in relations between China and Japan there is a simple reality: China is attempting to fill strategic space that the US-Japanese alliance currently occupies. 

Japan’s Re-emergence in East Asia

japanflag, cc Flickr Dominic Alves, modified,

Japan is stepping up its presence on the world stage.

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