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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.

Philippine Navy ships participate in an amphibious landing as part of the annual U.S.-Philippines joint military exercises in Zambales province, northwest of Manila, on May 9, 2018. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Freedom of Navigation Operations Are Lost at Sea

Far wider measures are needed to challenge Beijing’s maritime aggression.

Chinese sailors march during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN-China Maritime Exercise at a military port in Zhanjiang, in China's southern Guangdong province on Oct. 22, 2018. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

A New Cold War Has Begun

The United States and China will be locked in a contest for decades. But Washington can win if it stays more patient than Beijing.

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.

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