Tag Archives: China

Former Aussie Diplomat: Most of Southeast Asia Looking to U.S. to Balance Beijing in Maritime Realm

Former Aussie Diplomat: Most of Southeast Asia Looking to U.S. to Balance Beijing in Maritime Realm

Former Australian Defense Secretary Dennis Richardson

Underscoring the importance of President Donald Trump’s upcoming Pacific visit, “the countries of East Asia want the United States actively engaged” as Beijing increasingly flexes its economic and military power in the Pacific, Australia’s former defense secretary and ambassador to the United States said on Monday. Read More

Zukunft: U.S. Presence in Arctic Won't Stop Chinese, Russian Encroachment Without Law of the Sea Ratification

Zukunft: U.S. Presence in Arctic Won’t Stop Chinese, Russian Encroachment Without Law of the Sea Ratification

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot Medium Icebreaker homeported in Seattle, conducts a shakedown cruise in the Puget Sound in preparation for their Summer trip to the Arctic, May 22, 2017. US Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard commandant warned that his service’s presence in the Arctic may not be enough to ward off Chinese and Russian encroachment unless the U.S. signs the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – and that even if the U.S. signed the treaty now, it might be too little, too late. Read More

Experts Wary White House Could Trade Beijing South China Sea Concessions for Help With North Korea

Experts Wary White House Could Trade Beijing South China Sea Concessions for Help With North Korea

Airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea is pictured in this April 2, 2015.

While Southeast Asian nations take comfort from the Trump administration’s stated interest in the region, a Singapore-based international security expert said they still remain wary of the president turning their territorial disputes with China as a bargaining chip to pressure Beijing to rein in North Korea. Read More