The Indo-Pacific is a strategic system encompassing the Indian and Pacific oceans, reflecting the expanding interests and reach of China and India as well as the enduring role of the US. The Lowy Institute's International Security program presents a weekly selection of links illuminating the changing security picture in this increasingly connected super-region.
- China will increase its defence budget by 12.2% this year.
- Raja Menon looks into the recent submarine disasters that led to the resignation of the Indian naval chief, and argues that 'the Navy must now speak with one voice in favour of nuclear submarines'.
- Is China really preparing for a 'short, sharp war' against Japan? Jonathan Pollack and Dennis Blasko don't think so.
- William J Parker III looks at the role of the US Navy in protecting and advancing a broad range of US interests.
- Last month, China's nine-dash line claim to the South China Sea came under fire from the US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Danny Russel. What are US interests in the South China Sea and what should it do to protect them?
- How a Narendra Modi win in the upcoming Indian elections might benefit India-Japan relations.
- Japan's Ministry of Defence has just published an interactive webpage detailing Chinese activities in its airspace.
- On the Ukraine crisis: Harry Kazianis offers four lessons for Asia watchers, Joel Wuthnow asks whether China will play a stabilising role, and Rory Medcalf discusses the global strategic implications of Russia's intervention in this podcast:
The Lowy Institute International Security Program's work on Indo-Pacific security is supported by two grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.