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Russian President Vladimir Putin points at a map while inspecting the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, linking Russia and the Crimean peninsula, while aboard a helicopter on March 18, 2016. (Mikhail Klimenty/AFP/Getty Images)

Goodbye Grotius, Hello Putin

Russia’s provocations in the Kerch Strait aren’t just a challenge to Ukraine. Like Beijing in the South China Sea, Moscow is seeking to undermine international maritime law.

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

Trump’s Plan to Leave a Major Arms Treaty With Russia Might Actually Be About China

Leaving the agreement clears the way for the U.S. to boost its conventional forces in the Pacific.

A Japanese soldier walks past amphibious assault vehicles during an amphibious landing exercise at the beach of the navy training center in Zambales province, north of Manila, as a part of a joint military exercise with the United States and the Philippines on Oct. 6. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

The Quad Is Not Enough

Trump has revived a four-way security dialogue among the United States, India, Australia, and Japan, but if it's going to make China pay attention, it will need some new members.

Japanese soldiers storm a beach in the Philippines on the South China Sea in joint military exercises with U.S. and Filipino troops on Oct. 6. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is on China

The military’s funding boost is aimed at deterring Beijing, but a budget fight could jeopardize the strategy.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy

Food Fight

Why the next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish.

KINMEN COUNTY, TAIWAN - APRIL 20:  A concrete bunker overlooks the Chinese city of Xamen from the Taiwanese island of Little Kinmen which, at points lies only a few miles from China, on April 20, 2018 in Kinmen, Taiwan. China recently carried out live-fire military drills in the Taiwan Strait involving its Liaoning aircraft carrier, an exercise interpreted as a show of force and a message to self-governed Taiwan which China claims as its territory. The naval exercise was the first in the Taiwan Strait since 2016 and was held just over 100 miles off the coast of Taiwan. Following the defeat of the ruling Kuomintang party by the Chinese Communist Party and their retreat to Taiwan in 1949, cross-strait relations have varied from open conflict to diplomatic war. China's President, Xi Jinping, recently emphasised China's sovereignty over Taiwan by stating that 'We have sufficient abilities to thwart any form of Taiwan independence attempts'. Beijing has also imposed financial restrictions by significantly limiting the number of Chinese tour groups allowed to visit Taiwan and imposed trade sanctions on the island.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

China’s Taiwan Strait Provocations Need a U.S. Response

The United States should respond to Beijing's aggression by upholding freedom of navigation.

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on July 7, 2017. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s New Aircraft Carrier Is Already Obsolete

But it's still a powerful signal of Beijing's ambitions in a post-U.S. Asia.

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.

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