South China Sea Dispute

UNCLOS Ratification Issue Looms over US-ASEAN Summit

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What better way for the U.S. to bolster a ‘rules-based international order’ than to join with the 162 other countries that have adopted the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?

Timeline: The Downward Spiral of China-Australia Relations

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Chronicling the events that led to the present low point in China-Australia relations.

Three Laws Turn Up Heat on China’s Territorial Disputes

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Three new laws may be planting the seed for ‘hot’ territorial conflicts in the future.

UNCLOS Remains the Gold Standard in Maritime Security Cooperation

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With mounting disputes around the world, the treaty is arguably more important than ever for maritime security.

Backgrounder: The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM)

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Exploring the history, composition, and tactics of the ‘little blue men’ of China’s littoral waters – the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia.

The KRI Nanggala Submarine Incident Is a Wakeup Call to Modernize Indonesia’s Navy

150808-N-UN259-193 JAVA SEA (Aug. 8, 2015) The Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala (402) participates in a photo exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2015. In it’s 21st year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alonzo M. Archer/Released), cc Naval Surface Warriors, flickr, modified

The tragedy underscores how the Indonesian Navy is struggling to cover the vast expanses of maritime territory it’s tasked with defending.

UK-France Joint Action Key to European Relevance in the Indo-Pacific

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Only through joint action can France and the UK leverage their full strategic weight in the South China Sea dispute.

G7 Reinvents Itself as Democratic Bulwark in London

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The G7’s sprawling new communique portrays the bloc as a democratic bulwark against creeping authoritarianism.

US to Rebuild China Policy from the Ground Up

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Amid growing calls for a new approach to the challenged posed by China, President Biden has initiated a policy rethink. Here’s what the new US posture might look like.

Biden’s Vision of US-China Relations Begins to Take Shape

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Recent comments by the US president-elect suggest that Beijing will soon need to grapple with its worst-case scenario.

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