- Daily Brief
- August 21, 2019
Declining relations between Beijing and Washington signal turbulent times ahead for the Indo-Pacific.
Tokyo’s strong ties to Washington may be jeopardised by the threat of auto tariffs.
Despite warming relations with Moscow, Ulaanbaatar will maintain its ‘Third Neighbour Policy’.
The self-ruled island’s position on the international stage has been severely curtailed by Beijing.
Implementation of the US pivot to Asia remains haphazard and piecemeal.
China’s ‘president for life’ may face unexpected resistance at the Beidaihe conference.
The annual discussions occurred amid renewed questions about US commitment to the Indo-Pacific.
The use of plausibly deniable fishing militia to defend sovereign claims is an attractive option.
If China renegotiates Malaysia’s debt, it could cause a cascade of demands from other countries.
Beijing’s slow-burning ambition to control the strategic sea appears to be a nearing completion.
The president has commenced his second term with the former anticorruption tsar as his deputy.
Beijing could use civilian control techniques in the west as a template for its policies in the east.