HONG KONG - JULY 07:  China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning aircraft carrier arrives on July 7, 2017 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, made a five-day port call in Hong Kong over the weekend to mark its 20th anniversary of the city's handover to Chinese rule. The military allowed 2,000 Hong Kongers aboard the only in-operation aircraft carrier of China for the first time as its been reported the presence of the carrier is a show of military force in Hong Kong, days after China President Xi Jinping warned the city against independence forces.  (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images)

The Week Donald Trump Lost the South China Sea

Vietnam's capitulation shows China's neighbors fear the U.S. no longer has their backs.

This picture taken on May 18, 2017, shows police officers investigating an alleged drug dealer killed by unidentified gunman in Manila.
President Rodrigo Duterte swept to an election victory last year largely on a pledge to wipe out his nation's illegal drugs trade within three to six months, saying he would do so by killing thousands of people. Duterte fulfilled his vow on the death toll, drawing condemnation from rights groups who warned he may be orchestrating a crime against humanity as police and unknown assassins filled slums with bullet-ridden corpses. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Duterte’s Death Squads Were Born in America’s Cold War

The Philippines' new "war on drugs" is claiming thousands of lives. But the culture of vigilante violence started with anti-communism.

Evacuees from Marawi City camp rest at the Saguiaran Townhall in Lanao del Sur on the southern island of Mindanao on June 5, 2017. 
Efforts to rescue up to 2,000 civilians trapped in fighting between government forces and Islamist militants in a Philippine city failed on June 4 when a proposed truce ended in a hail of gunfire and explosions, authorities and witnesses said. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Duterte’s War on Terror Also Looks Like a War on Civilians

The Philippines’ unbridled war on terror looks uncomfortably like its war on drugs.

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In Leaked Call, Trump Praises Duterte’s Campaign to ‘Slaughter’ Drug Addicts

In a private phone conversation, the two presidents chatted about nuclear submarines and a drug campaign that has killed thousands.


The Real Reason Trump Shouldn’t Meet With Duterte

U.S. presidents and Cabinet officials have met with worse than Duterte, but the Philippine leader is all but invigorating China's rise.

SARASOTA, FL - NOVEMBER 07:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up a rubber mask of himself during a campaign rally in the Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. With less than 24 hours until Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This Isn’t Realpolitik. This Is Amateur Hour.

The Trump administration’s Asia policy is the worst of all possible worlds.

(L to R) Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte link hands during the 12th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Summit, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, in Manila on April 29, 2017.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Southeast Asian leaders on April 29 they were facing a "massive" illegal drug menace that could destroy their societies, as he called for a united response. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Noel CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

How Not to Lose Asia to China

There's a hunger in the Pacific for U.S. involvement. And it's good for America, too.


China’s Angriest Newspaper Doesn’t Speak for China

Nationalist tabloid Global Times has the Communist Party’s backing, but its editorial strategy is more independent than you might think.

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Philippines To Deploy Troops to Disputed Islands in South China Sea

Just what the dispute-riddled waterway needs is more troops claiming empty atolls.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) greets female supporters at the Malacanang Palace during the "Digong's Day for Women" event on March 31, 2017. 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on March 30 described two major media outlets as "sons of whores" and warned them of karmic repercussions for their critical coverage of his deadly drug war. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Cover a President Who’s Literally Willing to Go to War With the Media

Lessons for the D.C. press corps from the front lines of Duterte's reign of terror.


How to Get Tough on China, in Six Easy Steps

Trump promises to stand up to Beijing, but if he gets it wrong, the blowback could haunt his presidency.

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