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Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a signing ceremony in Apia, Samoa on May 28.
Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a signing ceremony in Apia, Samoa on May 28.
Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (left) escorts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) on his arrival at the Honiara International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 25.
Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (left) escorts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) on his arrival at the Honiara International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 25.

Don’t Overreact to China’s Solomon Islands Plans

Naval power projection is a long way out for Beijing still.

A thin strip of island is surrounded by the sea.
A thin strip of island is surrounded by the sea.

China’s Rising Ambitions in the South Pacific

And what they mean for geopolitics—and for the region’s island democracies.

Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Australia’s Got a Solomon Islands Headache (Again)

China’s expansion into the South Pacific caught Australia and the United States off guard.

Modi and Putin meet
Modi and Putin meet

Why Most of the Indo-Pacific Tiptoes Around Russia

With Beijing and Moscow working so closely together, countries find it risky to support the West on Ukraine.

The U.S. Navy and South Korean Navy hold joint drills in the western Pacific Ocean on May 3, 2017.
The U.S. Navy and South Korean Navy hold joint drills in the western Pacific Ocean on May 3, 2017.

The Pacific Shouldn’t Be a ‘Strategic Surprise’

Why aren’t Beijing’s ambitions in the region obvious to Washington?

Seabed mining in Indonesia
Seabed mining in Indonesia

Can Mining the Seabed Help Save the Planet?

Few other issues better illustrate the messy trade-offs involved in climate policy.

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

Taiwanese soldiers use U.S.-made weapons.
Taiwanese soldiers use U.S.-made weapons.
A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.
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.

Britain's Johnson and Australia's Morrison in London
Britain's Johnson and Australia's Morrison in London
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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