Why AUKUS Alarms ASEAN
The bloc is struggling to preserve unity—and can’t decide what to do about the new U.S.-China rivalry.
The AUKUS Dominoes Are Just Starting to Fall
The world’s newest security partnership is a window into how the world works—and the unpredictable places it’s heading.
Indonesia Unprepared as Great Powers Clash in Indo-Pacific
Jakarta is Asia’s greatest geopolitical prize. But its foreign-policy reflexes are long outdated.
After 25 Years, There’s Still No South China Sea Code of Conduct
China’s reluctance has stifled diplomatic efforts—but they haven’t been futile.
Chinese-U.S. Split Is Forcing Singapore to Choose Sides
There is no sweet spot to keep both Beijing and Washington happy, but that hasn’t kept Singapore from trying.
Indonesia Is Quietly Warming Up to China
Once inching toward war, the Asian giants are getting closer—while Washington seems unserious and disengaged.
Biden Looks for Defense Hotline With China
The United States says it’s ready to call China in a crisis. Will Beijing pick up?
China Has Lost the Philippines Despite Duterte’s Best Efforts
Beijing’s growing aggressiveness is forcing Manila back into Washington’s camp.
The Summit That Can’t Fail
Japan’s prime minister visits Washington at a time when, thanks to Chinese aggressiveness, U.S.-Japan relations are critical.
Records Expose China’s Maritime Militia at Whitsun Reef
Beijing claims they are fishing vessels. The data shows otherwise.
China’s Secretive Maritime Militia May Be Gathering at Whitsun Reef
Boats designed to overwhelm civilian foes can be turned into shields in real conflict.
Biden Must Keep Challenging China on Freedom of Navigation
The dispute around the South China Sea remains the most volatile and vital in U.S.-China relations.
Beijing’s Welcome Gift to Biden: More Threats and Tensions
If China is seeking a reset of relations, it has a strange way of showing it.
China’s Monster Fishing Fleet
Though not alone in its destructive practices, Beijing’s rapacious fleet causes humanitarian disasters and has a unique military mission.
The Next Front in the India-China Conflict Could Be a Thai Canal
India is beefing up its island defenses as Beijing seeks a quicker route to the Indian Ocean.
Southeast Asia is Ground Zero in the New U.S.-China Conflict—and Beijing Is Winning
‘Under Beijing’s Shadow’ lays out in compelling detail how China is working to dominate the region.
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.
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.