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Joint Freedom of Navigation Patrols in the South China Sea

By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-21 17:02:00

[By Shashank Joshi and Euan Graham] During a trip to Australia this month, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that HMS Sutherland, a British frigate currently deployed to Australia and the Western Pacific, would return from its tour via the South China Sea,...

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The Indian Ocean Base Race

By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-14 21:40:00

[By David Brewster] It seems that we are in the middle of a base race across the Indian Ocean. The latest move, reported on Tuesday, involves an agreement to give India access to naval facilities in Oman, close to the Strait of...

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Sanctions Busting, North Korean-Style

By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-12 16:53:00

[By Justin Hastings] A recent report from the UN sanctions committee suggests that North Korea has been able to generate an estimated $200 million from illicit dealings in the past year. Coal is being exported to China, Malaysia, Russia, and Vietnam in violation...

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Subsea Cables in a Thawing Arctic

By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-02 20:01:00

[By Elizabeth Buchanan] China has made a significant foray into the Arctic with the creation of a data “silk road." Preliminary planning of a Chinese and Finnish–led trans-Arctic cable along the Arctic’s Northeast Passage in partnership with Japan and Norway...

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China's New Network of Indian Ocean Bases

By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-01-31 18:52:00

[By David Brewster] According to recent reports, China may be about to construct a naval and air base near Gwadar, in west Pakistan. This would be China’s second base in the Indian Ocean and indicates that it may be moving...

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Conserving the Pacific's Fish Stocks

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-12-08 20:20:43

[By Dr. Quentin Hanich] The western and central Pacific Ocean is home to the world’s most productive tuna fisheries, supplying global markets with canned tuna, sashimi and other tuna products. Industrial catches of skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye, and albacore are collectively...

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Oman's Smugglers Await the Return of Iranian Sanctions

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-11-15 21:35:37

[By Alexander Balas] In 2017 the waters of the Persian Gulf are still choppy. There is U.S. President Donald Trump's choice to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, Iran's bluster under President Hassan Rouhani and the ongoing U.S. efforts to end the dispute between several Gulf states and...

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China Charts a More Assertive Foreign Policy

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-10-27 22:04:19

[By Bonnie Glaser and Matthew P. Funaiole] In a landmark address that kicked off the 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping articulated his vision for China's future. The three-and-a-half-hour reading of the work report saw Xi wax poetic about the priorities of...

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After Marawi, Abu Sayyaf Could Return to Kidnapping

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-10-20 21:31:24

[By Sidney Jones] Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the “liberation of Marawi,” and the Philippines military says Isnilon Hapilon, the Abu Sayyaf militant seen as Islamic State group's leader in southeast Asia, and Omar Maute, another senior militant, are dead. But...

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Hard Questions for the Future of the Royal Navy

By The Lowy Interpreter 2017-10-11 20:34:19

[By James Goldrick] In the last few days, the British press and social media have been rife with reports that the Royal Marines are to be reduced by 1000 from their present establishment of 6500. In addition, the amphibious fleet may be...

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