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The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf maneuvers during a joint search and rescue operation with the Philippine coast guard near the disputed Scarborough Shoal on May 14, 2019.

Pompeo Draws a Line Against Beijing in the South China Sea

The United States has aligned itself on the side of international law, but backing up a tough statement will be hard.

This aerial photo taken on January 2, 2017 shows a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea.

The U.S. Declared China’s South China Sea Claims ‘Unlawful.’ Now What?

The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brings the United States in line with international law and opens the door for sanctions and a more unified response to Chinese “bullying” in the key waterway.

A U.S. F/A-18 hornet fighter prepares to land while other fighter jets fly behind during a routine training aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Sea

U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea

“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”

Chinese soldiers march during a military parade on Oct. 1, 2019 in Beijing.

China’s Superpower Dreams Are Running Out of Money

When the coronavirus crisis is over, China will be forced to embrace a less ambitious future.

(From L) European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference in Paris on March 26, 2019.

Europe Must Stand Up to China Before It’s Too Late

The EU must defend its values rather than caving to economic pressure from Beijing.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy aircraft carrier Liaoning participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China's PLA Navy in the sea near Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province, on April 23, 2019.

U.S. Naval Standoff With China Fails to Reassure Regional Allies

The tense encounter around a Malaysian drillship drew in five navies.

Filipinos wearing face masks attend Sunday Mass at a church in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on Feb. 9.

Filipinos Turn on Duterte as Coronavirus Fears Spread

Anti-Chinese and anti-American conspiracy theories have followed the first death.

U.S. Navy Capt. David Bretz shakes hands with Vietnamese military officials

Vietnam Draws Lines in the Sea

Hanoi’s new defense white paper reflects fears of Chinese encroachment.

A U.S.-made helicopter takes off from a frigate.

Taiwan Needs a Maoist Military

Beijing can always outspend Taipei. It’s time to think small and mean.

A soldier launches a Javelin missile during a military drill in southern Taiwan's Pingtung county on May 30, 2019.

Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan

China’s salami-slicing tactics can be countered—if Taipei stays smart.

Activists burn Chinese flags and display anti-China placards during a protest at a park in Manila on June 18, 2019.

China’s South China Sea Militarization Has Peaked

Artificial islands are becoming more trouble than they’re worth.

Russian navy warships sail during the parade of the Russian fleet as part of the Navy Day celebration in St. Petersburg on July 28.

Vietnam’s Strange Ally in Its Fight With China

The Russian oil giant Rosneft is quietly backing Hanoi in its clash with Beijing.

Filipinos protest in response to China's actions in the South China Sea and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's public statements in Manila on June 21.

Filipinos Don’t Trust Duterte to Handle China

A maritime clash has left the public wondering why their president won’t stand up to Beijing.

A fleet of Taiwan's F-16 fighter jets fly in formation over the eastern Hualien air base, Aug. 17, 2004.

Trump’s Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan Advances Despite China’s Protests

The news comes as Washington and Beijing agree to resume trade talks.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy aircraft carrier Liaoning participates in a naval parade near Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province, on April 23, 2019.

China’s Hidden Navy

The evidence shows that supposed fishing boats around contested islands are part of an extensive maritime militia.

A domestic constructed guided missile corvette ship launches flares during a drill at sea near the naval port in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Jan. 27, 2016. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Scare Tactics Prompt U.S. Fears of a Clash Over Taiwan

American military officials in the Pacific worry that U.S. and Chinese interests could collide in the island democracy.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) leaves after an inspection of a mock-up F35A fighter  during a review ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Hyakuri air base Ibaraki prefecture on Oct. 26, 2014.

The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade

Faced with China’s increasing aggression, Japan must invest in fifth-generation fighter jets to deter Beijing’s expansion.

Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York on Oct. 19, 2018. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Britannia Helps Rule the Waves

The Royal Navy’s return to Asia can guarantee the freedom of the seas.

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