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Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) sits down with former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) to discuss the security challenge China’s military modernization and expansion pose to the United States and its allies.

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Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech during a news conference in Taipei April 15, 2015. Reuters

When Taiwan’s DPP presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, visits the US, she must make the case that the current cross-Strait status quo is not as stable as it looks, but the onus is on the Obama administration to value its democratic partner.

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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Rohingya migrants, who arrived in Indonesia this week by boat, listen to government and non-governmental representatives speak at a temporary shelter in Aceh Timur regency, near Langsa in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 24, 2015. Reuters

There is no easy solution in sight for Asia’s newest boat people. The lack of an effective political community in the region only ensures that their suffering will continue.

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You can’t pivot to Asia if the Middle East is on fire. Europe can’t pivot during a refugee crisis.

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A discussion on John Kerry’s recent trip to Asia, where little was accomplished regarding escalating tensions in the South China Sea. Since Kerry’s return the Chinese Military has threatened United States presence in the region.

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Beijing and Washington are each laying down redlines in the South China Sea, making the upholding of their claims a priority.

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President Barack Obama walks with President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China on the grounds of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., June 8, 2013.

It is time for a major diplomatic effort in Southeast Asia. The US should take the lead in getting the key Southeast Asian claimants to agree on what belongs to whom in the South China Sea. It can then be clear on exactly what it is ready to back up with military power.

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In the last two years, China has expanded the Spratly Islands by creating man-made islands totaling over 2,000 acres of land mass. This action — viewed by many as an attempt to build military installations in what are considered international waters — is perceived to be a direct challenge by China to its neighbors and to the American presence in the region.

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U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore ships steam through the South China Sea for the second of two combined Republic of Singapore and United States naval formations during a division tactics exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2008.

Beijing has asserted repeatedly that it wishes to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. One three-minute CNN segment has put the lie to that claim.

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