Pacific

Trump's Statecraft To-Do List: Deter Duterte

Trần Đại Quang Rodrigo Duterte

Can American statecraft sway Manila’s support for China?
Richard Javad Heydarian

“We cannot stop China from doing its thing. Even the Americans were not able to stop them,” remarked Philippine resident Rodrigo Duterte in response to reports that China could soon move ahead with building facilities on the hotly contested Scarborough Shoal. His comments provoked a firestorm, with leading political figures and intellectuals calling for the president to refrain from such blatantly defeatist pronouncements, while others threatened impeachment against Duterte.

More warships in the South China Sea: Testing the diplomatic waters

Warships South China Sea


By Michael Brady
Reports last week said Japan will send a helicopter carrier into the hotly contested South China Sea in May. The carrier Izumo is based in Yokosuka and its mission is primarily anti-submarine warfare.

Is the United States Really a Pacific Power?

Pacific power


Hunter Marston

Washington has failed to demonstrate that it has the stomach to remain a resident power in Asia.
Recognizing the geostrategic significance of Asia for the twenty-first century, President Obama told an Australian Parliament in 2011, “The United States is a Pacific power and we are here to stay.” 

Duterte’s Double Play with China and the US

Duterte

 
Scott N. Romaniuk, Amparo Pamela H. Fabe, Tobias J. Burgers

A new dawn for Philippine-China relations was said to have taken place nearly six months ago when Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte met with China’s Zhang Jianhua in Davao in early June 2016.

China Ups the Game in the South China Sea

South China sea

By Pepe Escobar

"Information Clearing House" - "Sputnik" - The Joint Sea-2016 started this Monday; that’s the fifth annual China-Russia naval drill, featuring stalwarts from both navies in action at the eastern waters of Zhanjiang, in Guangdong province, the HQ of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Nanhai Fleet.

The Foundations of Pacific Stability

  

Project Syndicate, Eric Fanning
WASHINGTON, DC – This month, I completed a two-week, six-stop tour of the Pacific, beginning with a visit to the United States Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. It was a fitting way to start the trip, a reminder that the US Army is critical to forming the foundation for security in the Pacific.

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