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Palauan President Surangel Whipps Jr. meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Congress Presses White House to Take Control of Pacific Island Talks

China is building military bases all over the Pacific. U.S. access is hung up over decades-old nuclear tests.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.

Beijing Eyes New Military Bases Across the Indo-Pacific

Tanzania, Cambodia, and the UAE are on China’s wish list—and now Kiribati, within striking distance of Hawaii.

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The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to the leaders of India, Japan, and Australia at the Quad summit.

Quad Summit’s Vaccine Deal Is Biden’s Bold First Move in Asia

It’s a smart step to counter China, but the next ones won’t be as easy.

A fisherman holds a batch of tuna in Kiribati, where fishing is one of the most common occupations, on Sept. 25, 2015.

How Eight Pacific Island States Are Saving the World’s Tuna

They have created a strikingly successful scheme that prevents overfishing and raises local incomes at once.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama takes off his hat at the start of the final session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference hosted by Fiji and held in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 18, 2017.

First Fiji, Then the World

How the prime minister of a tiny group of Pacific islands has become an international power player.

The South Korean Navy Aegis destroyer King Sejong the Great sails during a drill on the Dokdo/Takeshima islets on Aug. 25, 2019.

Trump, Not Biden, Wrecked American Power in the Pacific

The damage done to U.S. standing in Asia will take decades to repair.

Aircraft mechanics repair a harrier jet on deck the USS Bonhomme Richard after the formal opening of the annual  Philippine-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercises program  on Oct. 8, 2012.

How Far Should the U.S. Go to Counter China?

From Pacific bases to the Himalayas, Washington and Beijing are facing off.

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Racism in international relations, the state of the German armed forces, and Hindu nationalism is creeping into Nepal.

A Great Wall 236 submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy participates in a naval parade in the sea near Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong province on April 23, 2019.

China’s Reach Tests the Pacific’s Fragile Island Democracies

The United States and Australia must work together to support Pacific states.

Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, South Korea's President Moon Jae-In, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha pose for a group photo before the start of the ASEAN-China on Nov. 14, 2018 in Singapore. (Ore Huiying/Getty Images)

China Couldn’t Dominate Asia if It Wanted to

There are plenty of reasons Asia has been multipolar for almost all of recorded history, and Beijing understands them all.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on Nov. 13. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.

Crashback: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific. Copyright © 2017 by Michael Fabey.

Book excerpt: What you’ll hear about the future aboard a Chinese navy ship

Officers throughout the Chinese navy believe that China will soon end the United States’ decades-long naval hegemony in the Western Pacific.

WEST POINT, NY - MAY 27:  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to West Point graduates during the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2017 graduation ceremony at Michie Stadium on May 27, 2017 in West Point, New York. Secretary Mattis addressed the 950 graduating cadets during the ceremony. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

Mattis Should Explain Trump’s Asia-Pacific Strategy, if One Exists

The secretary of defense's trip to Singapore presents an opportunity to address the region as a whole.

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China just raised the exchange rate for the yuan against the US dollar by 0.92 percent from the previous day, the biggest one-day increase in more than 11 years. / AFP / FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Economic Coercion, with a Chinese Twist

China has begun increasingly relying on economic coercion to pressure its neighbors and threaten U.S. interests in the Pacific.

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