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A Chinese Coast Guard ship sails near a Philippine Coast Guard vessel

Philippine Coast Guard via AP

Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Affairs

China's Indo-Pacific Folly

| Jan. 31, 2023

Andrew D. Taffer and David Wallsh argue that China's effort to erode U.S. alliances has been incoherent and undisciplined, strengthening, rather than weakening, U.S. alliances in the Indo-Pacific and producing an energized U.S.-led coalition poised to constrain Beijing for years to come. 

Japanese Coast Guard vessel and Taiwanese fishing and Coast Guard vessels

Al Jazeera English

Journal Article - Asian Security

Threat and Opportunity: Chinese Wedging in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Dispute

| 2019

This article provides the first systematic analysis of China's conduct in its offshore territorial conflict with Japan to contend that Beijing has adopted a wedging strategy aimed at weakening the U.S.-Japan alliance. Building on previous scholarship, the article demonstrates that over the post–Cold War era China has consistently subordinated its territorial interests in the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute to help advance broader political and strategic goals.

U.S. Navy Capt. Greg Fenton, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington walks across the ship's flight deck after flight operations in South China Sea.

DoD/Public Domain

Analysis & Opinions - PacNet Newsletter

Matching Power with Purpose in the South China Sea: A Proposal

| Nov. 21, 2017

"Emmerson has done a service by reminding us of the critical importance of matching power with purpose.  FSOP however has an unambiguous and principled objective, one appropriate for the defense of US interests and for the provision of allied and partner-state reassurance.  The challenge is not to modify fundamental principles and objectives of US foreign policy but to formulate a strategy to effectively defend and advance them."