Admiral Phil Davidson (left) relieves Admiral Harry Harris (right) as commander of US Pacific Command at Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam, Hawaii, in 2018. The command was renamed the Indo-Pacific Command. Photo: US Navy via AFP
Zhao Xiaozhuo
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Zhao Xiaozhuo

The Trump administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy is overshadowed by three dilemmas

  • How Trump can retain the US’ role as sole superpower while withdrawing from global agreements, contain China while avoiding a new cold war, and display military power while avoiding armed conflict are challenges that will not be easily resolved

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Admiral Phil Davidson (left) relieves Admiral Harry Harris (right) as commander of US Pacific Command at Joint Base Pearl Harbour-Hickam, Hawaii, in 2018. The command was renamed the Indo-Pacific Command. Photo: US Navy via AFP
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Japanese warship JS Izumo, seen here in May 2017, has been carrying out joint exercises in the South China with ships from the navies of India, the Philippines and the US. Photo: Kyodo
William Choong
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William Choong

America and Japan’s vision of an Indo-Pacific free from Chinese threat runs into deep waters

  • The ‘free and open Indo-Pacific strategy’ most stridently championed by the US is to some extent supported by members of the Quad security bloc, but Asean refuses to be drawn into any configuration which focuses on a putative China threat

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Japanese warship JS Izumo, seen here in May 2017, has been carrying out joint exercises in the South China with ships from the navies of India, the Philippines and the US. Photo: Kyodo
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