The Lowy Interpreter

The South China Sea Map That Wasn't

[By Khang Vu] On 9 September, the US embassy in Hanoi published on Facebook a map of Vietnam on a poster to commemora...

Op-Ed: A Deal With Mauritius Over Diego Garcia Would Benefit the U.S.

[Amb. Jagdish Koonjul, representative of Mauritius to the UN] Mauritius is the legitimate sovereign over the Chagos Archipelago...

Chinese Trawlers and the Galapagos: The Protection Challenge

[By Mélodie Ruwet] The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) covers about 40,000 square nautical miles, and it was establi...

China's Giant Three Gorges Dam Faces Major Test

[By Peter McCawley] To understand China, it’s not a bad idea to keep an eye on what is happening inside the country. Much...

Could India Blockade Chinese Trade in the Indian Ocean?

[By Dr. David Brewster] Last month’s clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh was the most significant conflict...

Op-Ed: ASEAN Sends Muddled Message on South China Sea

[By Dr Mark J. Valencia] On June 26, the leaders of the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held the...

Diego Garcia: India’s Conundrum

[By Abhijit Singh] The tug-of-war between the United Kingdom and Mauritius over the Chagos archipelago – and the US milit...

As Jakarta Trims Defense, Beijing Makes Waves in the South China Sea

[By Aristyo Rizka Darmawan] The Covid-19 outbreak has hit hard for Southeast Asian economies. Anticipating more shocks to...

Gwadar Port: New Dubai or Pie in the Sky?

[By Adnan Amir] The small port town of Gwadar, in the south-west of Pakistan, is the center stage of the $50 billion China-Paki...

Safety of Life at Sea: COVID-19 and Naval Operations

[By Dr. Sam Bateman] The potential impact of COVID-19 on naval operations has been highlighted by reports that over half of the...

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