Category Asia/Pacific Pivot

A Thucydides Fallacy: The New Model Of Power Relations For Southeast Asia, the U.S. And China

Excerpts: In response, Bonnie Glaser — an American scholar and Asia observer — warned the region to “not draw a false equivalence between U.S. and Chinese actions.” Glaser suggested “the choice that Southeast Asia must make is not between the U.S. and China,” but “between a future in which there are shared rules and norms […]

Putin And Xi Test A Budding Military Alliance In The Pacific — And Step Up Confrontation

Excerpts:   So what, exactly, were Russia and China up to with this exercise? For starters, this was a test of a nascent military alliance between Moscow and Beijing. In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the Russian Ministry of Defense said the operation was the “first joint air patrol using long-range aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region” […]

Gen. Mark Milley: China Is Main National Security Challenge For Next 50 To 100 Years

Gen. Mark Milley: China Is Main National Security Challenge for Next 50 to 100 Years 47 China Photos/Getty Images Kristina Wong 11 Jul 2019122 5:02 China is the United States’ main national security challenge for the next 50 to 100 years, the Army general picked to become the top military officer in the United States […]

Taiwan’s Status Is A Geopolitical Absurdity

Taiwan’s Status is a Geopolitical Absurdity The island is not recognized by its most important ally, faces an existential threat from territory it claims as its own and its sovereign status is being gradually erased by companies seeking to preserve access to the world’s largest market. The Atlantic · by Chris Horton · July 8, 2019 Taiwan’s President […]

Australia Planning New Port In North For Use By U.S. Marines

Australia planning new port in north for use by US Marines: report France 24 · June 24, 2019 ADVERTISING Sydney (AFP) Australia is planning to build a new deep-water port on its northern coast able to accommodate US Marine deployments as part of efforts to counter China’s growing presence in the region, the ABC reported Monday. […]

Satellite Imagery Reveals Chinese Navy’s War Games For A Possible Attack On Taiwan

David Maxwell Comment: “I would say more than just corvettes and mine layers.  But the asymmetric defense strategy is key (air land, and sea –  and the land is especially suitable for asymmetric defense concepts – the terrain of Taiwan could be a “blackhole” with the proper defenses – assuming the PLA can even get […]

Asia Times | Is U.S. Rethinking Taiwan Policy?

Asia Times | Is US rethinking Taiwan policy? | Opinion By XUAN LOC DOAN · by Asia Times In another strong signal that the United States is reconfirming its support for Taiwan – if not elevating it to a higher level – its House of Representatives unanimously made two pro-Taiwan and anti-China moves on May 7. The […]

China Has A 3rd Aircraft Carrier In The Works, And It Could Be A Really Big Deal, Pentagon Reveals

China has a 3rd aircraft carrier in the works, and it could be a really big deal, Pentagon reveals Ryan Pickrell May 3, 2019, 2:10 PM The Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier. Kin Cheung/AP China is building a third aircraft carrier, the country’s second domestically produced carrier, and it could be a major improvement over its […]

The South China Sea Needs A ‘COIN’ Toss

David Maxwell Comment:  “Interesting article and concept.     But I am not sure this strategic problem is an insurgency.  We face threats from political warfare strategies supported by hybrid military approaches. I am not sure that COIN is the appropriate strategic solution.” If the strategic problem in the South China Sea is a Chinese insurgency, […]

U.S. Will Unveil New Indo-Pacific Strategy Next Month

U.S. Will Unveil New Indo-Pacific Strategy Next Month – USNI News · by Dzirhan Mahadzir · April 30, 2019 USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), left, and the Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181), right, sail in formation with 16 other ships from the U.S. Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) during Keen Sword 19 on Nov. […]