Philippines Bets Brahmos Will Keep China At Bay

In a bid to reinforce its weak defenses in the South China Sea, the Philippines has issued a notice of award to India to acquire the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile in an approximate US$375 million deal. The procurement aims to provide the Philippines with three missile batteries and bolster India’s push to become a major arms exporter, including to […]

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Australia’s South China Sea Challenges

Australia’s current South China Sea policies are under strain from two sides. On the China side, Beijing will not agree to any Code of Conduct that is consistent with the arbitral tribunal ruling it rejects. If the ASEAN member states agree to such a Code of Conduct, Australia cannot support it. Read Here | Lowy […]

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Beijing Has A Navy It Doesn’t Even Admit Exists

They’ve been dubbed China’s “Little Blue Men,” an allegedly Beijing-controlled maritime militia that analysts say could be hundreds of boats and thousands of crew members strong.China doesn’t acknowledge their existence and when questioned, refers to them as a “so-called maritime militia.” Read Here | CNN

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China’s Himalayan Salami Tactics

China is applying the same strategy on the roof of the world that has driven its expansion in the South China Sea: gradual territorial encroachments followed by militarised construction. So far, this slice-by-slice approach is proving just as effective on land as it has been at sea. Read Here | Project Syndicate

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The Great Fishing Competition

The People’s Republic of China operates the largest state-subsidized fishing fleet in the world. The questionable practices of the hundreds of Chinese vessels operating off the west coast of South America illustrate the extent to which competition with an ascendant China is already underway in the maritime domain — and far beyond the South China Sea. […]

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