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.

They were disorganised, chaotic, did not express a clear foreign policy viewpoint and began aggressively rather than morphing from peaceful expressions. Most important, in Binh Duong, the damage was far worse for non-Chinese operations, limiting any potential signal it might have sent to Chinese authorities. As a result, a number of analysts have point out that the violence in the southern industrial zones may have been more about labour dissatisfaction and economic inequality than the Paracels.

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.