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Re-visiting ASEAN principles amid Indo-Pacific tension

Washington, DC   /   Mon, February 26, 2018   /  12:52 pm
Re-visiting ASEAN principles amid Indo-Pacific tension An oil rig in the middle of South China Sea. (Shutterstock/File)

Just before his recent visit to Jakarta, United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis revealed the first US National Defense Strategy (NDS) in 10 years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. The 2018 NDS acknowledges the return of the great-power competition in the American strategic perspective by positioning China and Russia as strategic competitors with the US. For the US, the NDS is a wakeup call that the post-Cold War holiday from history is over. For the Indo-Pacific region, where most of the simmering tension between the great powers stems from unresolved disputes at sea, the NDS signals a future increase in the US naval presence along the Indo-Pacific sea lanes. In the 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS), the preceding document released by the White House, the Indo-Pacific region covers the west coast of India to the western shores of...

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