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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/Minilaterals

Explaining the Rise of Minilaterals in the Indo-Pacific (Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan, ORF)

Heightening great-power rivalry has impeded consensus-making in multilateral institutions. This has given rise, in recent years, to minilaterals especially in the Indo-Pacific. Even as there are criticisms that minilaterals are too informal and lacking in structures that are required for focused debates, China’s belligerence has galvanised support for, and focus within minilateral groupings in the region. Over the past year, the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed the vulnerabilities of existing multilateral institutions, further driving the emergence of both strategic minilaterals and more targeted ones focused on various issues, including supply chain resilience. This brief weighs the potential of minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific, and argues that in the foreseeable future, it will endure.

Explaining the Rise of Minilaterals in the Indo-Pacific | ORF (orfonline.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)

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Europe/Indo Pacific. Connecting Distant Geographies: The EU in the Indo-Pacific (Pratnashree Basu, Roshan Saha, Soumya Bhowmick, ORF)

Although Europe is not geographically proximate to the Indo-Pacific, it has a clear interest in the stability of the region that has become a pivot for global economic and strategic interactions in recent years. This paper analyses the prospects for increased partnerships between the European Union (EU) and the countries of the Indo-Pacific. It examines current engagements of the EU, as an institution and as individual countries, in the region, and makes a game-theoretic assessment of the future of economic and political integration between the two amidst global and localised shifts in power equations.

Connecting Distant Geographies: The EU in the Indo-Pacific | ORF (orfonline.org)

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Fisheries Policies/Indo Pacific/China/Europe. Fish and ships: Chinese fishing and Europe’s Indo-Pacific strategy (ECFR)

Frédéric Grare

The fisheries sector has gradually become a central geopolitical issue in the Indo-Pacific. Out of the 84.4m tonnes of fish caught in seas across the world in 2018, around 61.4m tonnes came from the Indian and Pacific oceans. Although the intensity of fishing varies across regions, the depletion of fishery resources is a growing problem everywhere. China, which catches more fish than any other nation, vastly contributes to this problem with not only its fleet size and the tonnage of its catches, but also its fishing practices – which include illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing – and, above all, a fisheries policy that exports its environmental problems and thereby protects its own national marine areas. Moreover, China instrumentalises fishing to serve its revisionist agenda and its strategic interests more broadly, signalling its willingness to use traditional economic activities for geopolitical gain.

Fish and ships: Chinese fishing and Europe’s Indo-Pacific strategy – European Council on Foreign Relations (ecfr.eu)

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Analysis

QUAD/Indo Pacific – The Quad in the Indo-Pacific: Purpose, Policies and Perspectives (RUSI)

Veerle Nouwens

In this episode, Veerle and Dr Tanvi Madan, Director and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, discuss what brings the members of the Quad together, how their cooperation and activities may evolve, whether there are any significant divergences between the members, and whether a Quad+ could be seen in the future. One conclusion is clear: don’t call it Asian NATO.

Episode 22: The Quad in the Indo-Pacific: Purpose, Policies and Perspectives | Royal United Services Institute (rusi.org)

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Analysis

UK/Indo Pacific – UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt – not just for the good times (The Interpreter)

BEN BLAND

The United Kingdom’s proposed “tilt” to the Indo-Pacific was met with plenty of scepticism, including from this author, when it was unveiled in March as part of a broader Integrated Review of defence and foreign policy. Politicians and foreign policy analysts tend to obsess about nomenclature. But catchy buzzwords can obscure as much as they elucidate. My first principle of analysis is to ignore the rhetoric and look at the reality.

UK’s Indo-Pacific tilt – not just for the good times (lowyinstitute.org)

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Analysis

USA/Indo Pacific/Defense – Pentagon chief calls for new regional order in Indo-Pacific (Defense News)

writes for Defense News: The U.S. defense secretary has called on allies in the Indo-Pacific to force a new regional order, during his first visit to the area since taking up his post under the Biden administration.

go to Defense News: Pentagon chief calls for new regional order in Indo-Pacific (defensenews.com)

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Analysis

What’s in a Name? India’s Role in the Indo-Pacific (Carnegie Moscow Center)

Manoj Joshi writes: For now, India’s role in the Western Pacific region remains symbolic, and in the Indo-Pacific context, confined to the Indian Ocean Region.

go to Carnegie Moscow Center: What’s in a Name? India’s Role in the Indo-Pacific – Carnegie Moscow Center – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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