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.
You can’t pivot to Asia if the Middle East is on fire. Europe can’t pivot during a refugee crisis.
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.
Beijing and Washington are each laying down redlines in the South China Sea, making the upholding of their claims a priority.
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.
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.
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.
Asking Beijing to justify its actions in the South China Sea does little more than provide Washington with reason to delay responding to those actions in a meaningful way.
The normalization of Japan’s security role, in concert with its American ally and new partners, is the best path forward to ease Japan into a more responsible and productive leadership role in Asia.
The balance of power in the South China Sea is shifting towards the Chinese. Meanwhile, the US government has been dismantling the deterrent power on which the stability of the region depends.
A new willingness to stand up to Beijing in a meaningful way—a readiness that has been noticeably absent over the past year—would calm nerves in allied capitals.