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Indo Pacific USA

America’s doughnut shaped Indo-Pacific strategy (Henry Storey, The Interpreter)

With the exception of India, the common thread linking the United States’ Indo-Pacific and broader China strategy so far has been the rallying of long-standing US allies.

Early summits with President Moon Jae-in and former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga are starting to bear results. South Korea is slowly starting to step up its regional engagement. Japan is getting increasingly serious about defending Taiwan.

America’s doughnut shaped Indo-Pacific strategy (lowyinstitute.org)

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ASEAN Indo Pacific

Reformulating ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (Aristyo Rizka Darmawan, East Asia Forum)

The waters of the Indo-Pacific are heating up, with Beijing’s increasing activities in Southeast Asia pushing the United States and its allies into a flurry of political machinations to shore up their positions. Caught in the middle of these economic and security challenges, ASEAN countries need to formulate a coherent strategy that goes beyond norm-setting to actual implementation.

Reformulating ASEAN’s Outlook on the Indo-Pacific | East Asia Forum

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Angela Merkel Germany Indo Pacific

Dankeschön Frau Merkel (Ian Kemish, The Interpreter)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, 17 November 2014 (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, 17 November 2014 (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel had already been Chancellor for about six months when I commenced as Australian Ambassador to Germany in April 2006. Her tenure as Germany’s head of government has seen four further Australian heads of mission take up residence in Berlin, and the Australian prime ministership change hands seven times. Her term doesn’t actually finish with the weekend’s elections – the coalition building process could take weeks or even months, and she will continue on in the meantime. But the end is finally in view. Her retirement will require some adjustment for Germans themselves – particularly those in their early twenties or younger who have no memory of any other national leader. The international community will also need to adapt. Australia will join a long queue of countries seeking to establish a productive relationship with her successor.

Dankeschön Frau Merkel | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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China Indo Pacific QUAD

The Indo-Pacific, the Quad and the reality of Chinese power (Kerry Brown, East Asia Forum)

The idea of a coherent territory called the Indo-Pacific has been appealing to strategists for some years, but it is no coincidence that the tighter and more urgent formation of this idea has happened at the same time as China’s rising prominence. The desire to counterbalance China has driven much of the intellectual and diplomatic investment in the idea of the Indo-Pacific.

The Indo-Pacific, the Quad and the reality of Chinese power (eastasiaforum.org)

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AUKUS China CPTPP Defense Indo Pacific

AUKUS and the CPTPP: It’s all about China (Ian Hill, The Interpreter)

China’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) just hours after announcement of the new tripartite AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) security partnership may – or may not – have been coincidental. Regardless, both events illustrate the rapidly shifting geostrategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region.

AUKUS is a momentous agreement – for all three parties.

AUKUS and the CPTPP: It’s all about China (lowyinstitute.org)

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Indo Pacific

Great power competition and small state leverage in the Indo-Pacific (Hunter Marston, Akhil Ramesh, East Asia Forum)

July was a busy month for US diplomats who have been traversing the Indo-Pacific region, reinforcing US commitment to the region in light of growing concern that Southeast Asian states are moving closer to China.

Great power competition and small state leverage in the Indo-Pacific (eastasiaforum.org)