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The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Porter, Donald Cook, Carney, and Ross at Naval Station Rota, Spain on June 13. (U.S. Navy)

Navy Is Still Searching For A Plan To Reach A 355-Ship Fleet

It’s been over a year since Trump promised dozens more warships.

A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2.
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With Trump Focused on North Korea, Beijing Sails Ahead in South China Sea

China is starting to dictate terms in one of the world’s strategic waterways, and the United States is largely missing in action.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and U.S. President Donald Trump during a bilateral meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Nov. 12. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Is Causing Conflict by Playing Peacemaker

The United States is creating problems in Asia by offering to mediate Vietnam’s tensions with China.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 16. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.

A military band conductor rehearses ahead a ceremony to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 1. (Andy Wong/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Has a Bad Case of China ADHD

China is the biggest threat to the U.S.-led global order. But America keeps getting distracted.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2014.

America’s Biggest Southeast Asian Ally Is Drifting Toward China

Thailand has been slipping into Beijing's orbit for decades. It's time for Trump to make a counter-offer.

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Will the USS Gerald Ford be remembered as the doomed Yamato of the carrier era?

What matters most is not how lethal a carrier is, but what threats it can endure.

General Joseph Dunford (L), the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, listens to China's President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 17, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Andy Wong        (Photo credit should read ANDY WONG/AFP/Getty Images)

Stop the South China Sea Charade

America’s angst about Chinese aggression in the South China Sea is overblown – and China knows it.

Fireworks light the night sky after the lighting of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) landmark lantern marking the 50th anniversary of the organisation at the entrance to the venue of the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 8, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on August 8 took a swipe at the Trump administration's retreat from a major free trade deal, joining Asian nations at a regional forum this week in criticising rising protectionism / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ASEAN’s Golden Moment in a Time of Crisis

If Trump wants to put pressure on North Korea or China, he's going to need to have good friends in Asia.

Indian workers stand alongside the FDN-2 Indian Navy floating dock as it is launched at a shipyard in Chennai on June 20, 2017.
Indian-designed and constructed, the platform is capable of   docking warships of up to 8000 tons to enable repair and maintenance work. / AFP PHOTO / ARUN SANKAR        (Photo credit should read ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Who Will Win the Great China-India Naval War of 2020?

As the two giants stare each other down in the Himalayas, the real conflict may erupt at sea.

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.

China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a working session on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. 
Leaders of the world's top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / Patrik STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s China Policy Must Look Beyond North Korea

The White House should consider the long term in its dealings with Beijing.

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis  exit the clubhouse after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s Asia Policy Is More Confused Than Ever

Differences among top U.S. officials are complicating policy with the Asia Pacific community.

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China Won’t Hand the U.S. Navy Victory Like Japan Did

America should celebrate the anniversary of the heroic victory at Midway, but realize the next Pacific war won't be so easy.

A China Coast Guard ship (bottom) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off as the Philippine boat attempts to reach the Second Thomas Shoal, a remote South China Sea a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. The Philippine ship finally slipped past the Chinese blockade to reach Second Thomas Shoal, where a handful of Filipino marines are stationed on a Navy vessel that has been grounded there since 1999 to assert their nation's sovereignty.              AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO        (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

In the South China Sea, the U.S. is Struggling to Halt Beijing’s Advance

Despite a belated U.S. naval patrol, Beijing’s bid to extend its military power over the South China Sea is moving ahead unchecked.

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