Brinkmanship in the South China Sea helps nobody

Brinkmanship in the South China Sea helps nobody

Recent months have seen a continuing increase in military activities in the South China Sea, particularly by the United States and China, but also by ‘bit players’ like India and Japan. These activities only serve to heighten tensions in the region at a time when the priority should be to demilitarise the area. In the […]

Disengagement Fears Put US & Asia Allies All at Sea Over China

Disengagement Fears Put US & Asia Allies All at Sea Over China

In the capitals of America’s Asia allies, two phenomena are combining to intensify already uneasy relations with Washington. The first is China’s continued assertiveness in the South China Sea. Beijing’s militarisation of these contested territories — transforming rocks and reefs into artificial islands with runways and radars — has driven already close US Asia allies […]