William Hobart is a Lowy Institute International Security intern and an AIIA NSW Councillor.
- China's navy is conducting naval exercises in the Indian Ocean and West Pacific. Look out for a Rory Medcalf op-ed on this topic soon.
- Douglas Paal provides a worrying North Korean angle to the regional instability caused by tense relations between China, Japan and South Korea recently detailed in Northeast Asia's Turbulent Triangle.
- The chief of the Indian Navy, Admiral DK Joshi, has urged navies in the region to prepare a framework for swift and sufficient responses to natural disasters.
- In the coming weeks a Japanese government panel will recommend allowing the Japan Self-Defense Forces to participate in collective defence.
- China dismisses reports by the Asahi Shinbun that it is preparing to declare an Air Defence Identification Zone for the South China Sea.
- Lee Fuell from the US Air Force's National Air and Space Intelligence Center testifies to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, stating that recent People's Liberation Army literature demonstrates a growing confidence that China is simultaneously deterring the US and achieving mission outcomes against Taiwan.
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.