Can France and the UK Pivot to the Pacific? (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

Source: Ministry of Armed Forces Can France and the UK Pivot to the Pacific? – Erik Brattberg, Philippe Le Corre and Etienne Soula “Europe’s two greatest military powers, France and the UK, are currently pursuing their own versions of a Pacific pivot. At the June 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue, the French and British defense ministers outlined their ambitions and announced that both navies would sail warships through contested waters in the South China Sea to help promote the free and open rules-based order.” Read more: https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/07/05/can-france-and-uk-pivot-to-pacific-pub-76732

Beijing Pushing Taiwan and US Allies out of the Pacific Islands, Says Congressional Report (The Epoch Times)

Beijing Pushing Taiwan and US Allies out of the Pacific Islands, Says Congressional Report – Paul Huang “The Chinese regime’s increasing involvement in the Pacific Islands region is squeezing Taiwan’s already limited international space while also posing security challenges to the United States and its allies Australia and New Zealand, a Congressional report says.” Read more: https://www.theepochtimes.com/beijing-pushing-taiwan-and-u-s-allies-out-of-pacific-islands-says-congressional-report_2565368.html

India’s Strategic Expansion in the Pacific Islands (The Diplomat)

India’s Strategic Expansion in the Pacific Islands – Balaji Chandramohan “India’s maritime disposition seems to envisage having command of the sea in the Indo-Pacific, apart from securing its interests in the coastal areas.” Read more: https://thediplomat.com/2018/06/indias-strategic-expansion-in-the-pacific-islands/

Macron wants a balance against China in the Pacific (Radio New Zealand)

Macron wants a balance against China in the Pacific The French President spoke in New Caledonia: “”In this part of the globe China is building its hegemony – it’s not a question of raising fears but to look at the reality. China has to be a partner for this region. (…) But if don’t organise ourselves, it will soon be a hegemony which will reduce our liberties, our opportunities which we will suffer.”. Read more: https://bit.ly/2J0uxfD

AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific (International Journal)

AWOL: Canada’s defence policy and presence in the Asia Pacific – David Dewitt, Mary Young, Alex Brouse and Jinelle Piereder “Our focus is on Canadian defence and security activities in the Asia Pacific arena between 1990 and 2015. While governments have asserted the growing primacy of the Asia Pacific, we ask the following: What does Canada’s recent military and security record tell us about the policies and operational aspects of Canadian engagement? How might we assess these in comparison with Ottawa’s declared importance of the Asia Pacific? What might this tell us about the near-term future of Canada’s role and […]

India, France sign strategic pact on use of each other’s military bases (India)

India, France sign strategic pact on use of each other’s military bases “New Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) Reflecting a growing depth in defence ties, India and France today inked a strategic pact providing for the use of each other’s military facilities including opening naval bases to warships, an agreement that comes amid China’s growing military expansionism in the Indo-Pacific region.” Read More: http://www.india.com/news/agencies/india-france-sign-strategic-pact-on-use-of-each-others-military-bases-2936578/

Putting the ‘Pacific’ into Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy (East Asia Forum)

Putting the ‘Pacific’ into Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy – Sandra Tarte “In the face of North Korea’s nuclear program, a resurgent China, an unpredictable US president and the rise of anti-globalisation forces, Japan’s new Indo-Pacific strategy aims to improve connectivity between the Pacific and Indian Oceans and between the African and Asian continents. Tokyo intends for ‘Indo-Pacific’ to supersede ‘Asia Pacific’ as the term that describes its region.” Read more: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/15/putting-the-pacific-into-japans-indo-pacific-strategy/ Tarte, Sandra. 2018. “Putting the ‘Pacific’ into Japan’s Indo-Pacific strategy”. East Asia Forum : 1-3.

Climate change and security and why it’s so hard (The interpreter, Lowy Institute)

Climate change and security and why it’s so hard – Kumuda Simpson “Australian officials have paid increasing attention to the links between climate change and security. The 2016 Defence White Paper and the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper both clearly set out a view that climate change will contribute to insecurity in the Asia-Pacific region, and specifically for Australian interests.” Read more: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/climate-change-and-security-and-why-its-so-hard

In Fiji, India’s Pacific Presence Grows (The Diplomat)

In Fiji, India’s Pacific Presence Grows – Grant Wyeth “In a small, but symbolically significant, gesture last week, the Indian government provided the Fijian sugar industry with a grant. (…), the move seems designed to signal India’s desire for continued engagement in Fiji, and the south Pacific in general.” Read More: https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/in-fiji-indias-pacific-presence-grows/?utm_content=bufferbec4e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

2017 Foreign Policy White Paper (Australian Government)

2017 Foreign Policy White Paper “The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper sets out a comprehensive framework to advance Australia’s security and prosperity in a contested and competitive world. Informed by our values, it describes Australia’s national interests and the Government’s international engagement priorities. It is our agenda for opportunity, security and strength.” Australia. Minister for Foreign Affairs. 2017. 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Minister for Foreign Affairs.