April 21, 2021

Developments at Whitson Reef: What lies before Vietnam and ASEAN?

China has been at the receiving end of International criticism after more than 200 of its fishing vessels were detected anchored in Whitsun Reef in the South China Sea. The Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended and clarified that the Chinese boats […]
March 12, 2021

Vietnam practices deft diplomacy amid strategic dilemmas

US President Biden signed the interim National Security Guidance early this month which notes that Russia “remains determined to enhance its global influence and play a disruptive role on the world stage”, and identifies China as “the only competitor potentially […]
February 25, 2021

Biden Administration’s Policy on South China Sea and Engagement with Vietnam

The South China Sea issue will remain a high priority for the Biden Administration and there is low likelihood of any letup by the US military. Despite Chinese assertiveness, Vietnam is unlikely to gravitate towards the US to counter China, […]
December 10, 2020

ASEAN Chairmanship: From Vietnam to Brunei Darussalam

In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented challenges, Vietnam handed over Chairmanship of the ASEAN for 2020 to Brunei Darussalam. The South China Sea contestations will remain a high priority for leaders in Brunei.  The year 2020 has perhaps […]
October 13, 2020

Changing Approach of Major Powers in the South China Sea

The article looks at how a unanimous approach has been evolving among the major powers in  the South China issue and the military operations by the US and its strategic partners can exacerbate tensions beyond the region. At the recent […]
September 29, 2020

European Powers Knock on UN Doors to Uphold Order at Sea

Are European attitudes towards both China and Taiwan shifting? The article attempts to shed light on this and some of the other aspects in the context of European powers approaching the United Nations over China’s expansive claims in the South […]
September 18, 2020

International Response to China’s Military Buildup and Reclamations in South China Sea

The article discusses how China’s military buildup and reclamations in the South China Sea is leading to the emergence of new coalitions and partnerships and whether the Five Eyes (Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) will work […]
August 26, 2020

Commonalities in Chinese Strategy in South China Sea and Himalayas

China appears to have drawn a leaf from its South China Sea strategy and put it to use in the Himalayas against India. Likewise, there are a few instances of Chinese intentions and operations against India and some of these […]
August 14, 2020

Aceh to Andaman: Shipping Connectivity and Security

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, through their 2018 joint statement “underlined the importance of stronger connectivity, particularly on sea links, in order to facilitate economic cooperation and people-to-people contact” and “welcomed the plan to […]
August 6, 2020

Vietnam Leads from the Front in ASEAN and at the UN

After taking over the Chairmanship of the ASEAN and being a Non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, the Vietnamese leadership has spearheaded many initiatives in the midst of challenging times emerging from the COVID-19 global pandemic. A unique opportunity […]
July 29, 2020

Indo-Pacific in a Churn: Too many Naval Exercises

The possibility of Australia joining the India-led Malabar naval exercises to be held later this year in the Bay of Bengal1 has generated an intense debate among the Indian strategic community who responded with a mixed bag of ‘excitement’ and ‘caution’. […]
July 21, 2020

Code of Conduct in South China Sea May Take a Back Seat

It has been 18 years since ASEAN and China agreed to the adoption of the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC); but up till now the first reading of the Single Draft Code […]
July 14, 2020

ADIZ over South China Sea? China May not be Inclined

Dr Vijay Sakhuja Media is rife with speculations that China may announce Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the disputed Pratas, Paracel and Spratly island chain in the South China Sea.[1] This is not the first time that ADIZ over […]
July 10, 2020

US Augments Military Bases, Revitalizes Lilly Pads and Pushes for Visiting Forces Agreements in the Pacific Ocean

Earlier this month, on 1st July, 350 paratroopers from the US 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) parachuted onto Guam to test their ability to “execute real-world missions” and demonstrate that they could be deployed “anywhere in the U.S. Indo-Pacific […]
July 2, 2020

US’ Priority: Pacific, within the Indo-Pacific

The ongoing operational maneuvers by the US military in the Pacific Ocean, establishment of the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI) in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, and a new approach towards Taipei through the Taiwan Defence Act […]

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