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China’s dangerous new coast guard law

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By Ryan D. Martinson* Since its October release in draft form, China’s new coastguard law has been the subject of dozens of news reports and...

Diego Garcia, the US and rules-based order

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By Blake Herzinger* In remarks delivered at the US State Department in early February, President Joe Biden championed the rule of law as part of...

How China bends rules in South China Sea

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By Oriana Skylar Mastro* Chinese exercises in the South China Sea last month, and the strong US response, show these disputed waters will not soon...

US must ensure Taiwan does not fall

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By Malcolm Davis* There are growing signs that a military crisis could erupt across the Taiwan Strait this year as China flexes its military muscle...

Australia to boost capacity in Pacific

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Australia will significantly boost its military beach landing capability by completely replacing the Army's amphibious-vehicle fleet as part of an $800 million investment aimed...

US slams Chinese flights over South China Sea but ‘they posed no threat’

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The U.S. military said on Friday that Chinese military flights in the past week in the South China Sea fit a pattern of destabilizing...

US-Australia to do large-scale exercise despite Covid

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The United States and Australia will hold a large-scale, multinational military exercise in Australia this (southern winter) this summer despite the challenges of the...

Senkaku/Diaoyu islands: US & Japan’s major worry

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US President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga discussed the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in a phone call. Here's why, according to the ABC's Liam...

China to have drills in South China Sea

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China says it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after Beijing bristled at a US aircraft carrier...

Covid-19 masks trouble in South China Sea

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By Carlyle A Thayer* COVID-19 impacted disputes in the South China Sea in two ways. First, there were no face-to-face meetings between ASEAN members and...