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1914 Redux? Growing Asia-Pacific Tensions Demand New US Strategy

Posted by Maj. Paul Smith on


American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is paying his first visit to Asia this week. Just before he left, Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton told reporters the Trump Administration “will have its own formulation” of the Pacific pivot, or the rebalance to Asia declared by the Obama Administration. “Pivot, rebalance, etcetera — that was a word that was… Keep reading →

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US Pacific Commitments Will Survive Duterte, Trump: Adm. Harris

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Neither President Trump’s transition in DC nor President Duterte’s eruptions in Manila will derail America’s 70-year military commitment to the Pacific, Adm. Harry Harris said today. US-Philippine cooperation continues unabated despite Duterte’s denunciation of the alliance, the head of Pacific Command said. (The senior State Department official for the Pacific, Daniel Russel, recently dismissed… Keep reading →

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Don’t Push China Too Hard After SCS Ruling

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with Chinese Ambassador, Sen. Sullivan, & CSIS conference WASHINGTON: “To a surrounded enemy, you must leave a way of escape,” Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago. It’s a stratagem – often called the “golden bridge” – that the US and its allies would do well to remember tomorrow morning, when a UN tribunal will almost… Keep reading →

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Chinese Jet Buzzes Japanese Destroyer

Posted by Colin Clark on


Chinese get aggro all over again. First, they push Phillipinos around over fishermen; now they buzz Japanese ship. bit.ly/HGFzQF colinclarkaol

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