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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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Ex-Russian MP Floats Plan to Restore Russian Monarchy. In the South Pacific.

And all he needs is for the tiny island nation of Kiribati to sign on the dotted line.

(L to R back) Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong, US President Barack Obama and Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang; (L to R front) Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korea's Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn wave during the traditional "family photo" on the final day of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit at the Lima Convention Centre in Lima on November 20, 2016.

 


Asia-Pacific leaders are expected to send a strong message in defense of free trade as they wrap up a summit that has been overshadowed by US President-elect Donald Trump's protectionism. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Is There Anyone In Asia Who Still Trusts America?

The likely death of the hard-fought TPP pact has left even Washington's closest allies wondering about its credibility.

NAURU, NAURU:  The barren and bankrupt island state of the Republic of Nauru awaits the arrival of 521 mainly Afghan refugees, 11 September 2001 which have been refused entry into Australia.  The 25-square-kilometers of land encompassing Nauru has been devastated by phosphate mining which once made the Micronesian Nauruans the second wealthiest people per capita on earth.          AFP PHOTO/Torsten BLACKWOOD (Photo credit should read )

Australia Treats Refugees Horribly. But Denmark Wants a Peek at That Playbook.

A group of Danish parliamentarians won rare access to an Australian offshore detention center where abuse and exploitation are rampant.

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Time Is Running Out On Obama’s Push to Pass Asian Trade Deal

The White House is pressing Congress to get Obama's Asian trade deal done before the president leaves office.

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Senate GOP May Scuttle Obama’s Signature Trade Deal — at Least For Now

The White House is pushing back against threats to delay Obama's signature trade deal until after the 2016 elections.

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Around the Globe, Opposition to Obama’s Sweeping Pacific Trade Deal Is Lining Up

The release of the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has critics lining up to try to bring it down.

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A Very Unscientific Inquiry Into the Etymology of the Phrase ‘Iron-Ass’

A theory on where former President George H.W. Bush discovered the phrase "iron-ass."

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The Maldives in Meltdown

Past the white sand beaches, the country's human rights situation has gone from bad to worse — and this paradise has become anything but.

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Watch FP’s U.S.-Japan Forum: A New Architecture for the Asia-Pacific Region

FP is convening top-level experts, diplomats, and government officials to discuss the importance of one of the Pacific’s most important bilateral relationships: the United States and Japan.

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Obama Finally Gets His Pacific Trade Deal

In a potentially massive win for the White House, negotiators agree on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Australia’s Mr. China

Canberra's new prime minister has a plan to shake up the country's balancing act between the United States and China. And Washington might not like it.

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