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One of the techniques
devised for managing China’s ascent and its destabilizing impact is the concept
of a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” This idea, embraced by the governments of
Japan, India and the United States, includes military, economic, political,
legal and diplomatic dimensions. Some argue it is a smoke screen to mask U.S. disengagement,
while others maintain it is a Japanese-inspired effort to enlist American help.
Dr. James Jay Carafano
The Baltic Sea is an unlikely place to find Chinese warships. Their presence at joint naval exercises with the Russian navy went well beyond showing the flag.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
China’s One Belt, One Road initiative aims to transform much of its complex network of bilateral relations into a single, regional system. This overarching programme will affect the country’s political and economic ties with some 65 countries and more than 4 billion people. For years to come, it will make Eurasia the central focus of China’s diplomacy and its secur...
Dr. Frank Umbach
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) operates under the motto ‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community.’ Recently, however, the bloc has not been so unified. A schism between its 10 member states is growing over China, their giant neighbour to the north. It is a divide that threatens to derail the bloc’s economic development and integration into a lar...
Bangladesh faces a host of deep-rooted social and environmental problems. With the exception of a few city-states and small island nations, it is the most densely populated country on earth. Global warming and seasonal storms threaten the livelihoods, and sometimes the lives, of much of the population in the low-lying coastal regions. A radical form of political Is...