US Navy sailors ride in a rigid-hull inflatable from the USS Wayne E. Meyer during a drill as part of an Asean-US maritime exercise on September 5 in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power. Photo: Handout via AFP US Navy sailors ride in a rigid-hull inflatable from the USS Wayne E. Meyer during a drill as part of an Asean-US maritime exercise on September 5 in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power. Photo: Handout via AFP
US Navy sailors ride in a rigid-hull inflatable from the USS Wayne E. Meyer during a drill as part of an Asean-US maritime exercise on September 5 in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power. Photo: Handout via AFP
Emanuele Scimia
Opinion

Opinion

Emanuele Scimia

The US wants expanded partnerships in the Pacific to contain China’s rise – but do its allies agree?

  • China’s economic clout in the Pacific is clearly growing, as its recent poaching of Taiwan allies has demonstrated. The US has expanded military activity to counter this, but it’s not certain it can sustain the necessary partnerships

US Navy sailors ride in a rigid-hull inflatable from the USS Wayne E. Meyer during a drill as part of an Asean-US maritime exercise on September 5 in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power. Photo: Handout via AFP US Navy sailors ride in a rigid-hull inflatable from the USS Wayne E. Meyer during a drill as part of an Asean-US maritime exercise on September 5 in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power. Photo: Handout via AFP
US Navy sailors ride in a rigid-hull inflatable from the USS Wayne E. Meyer during a drill as part of an Asean-US maritime exercise on September 5 in the Gulf of Thailand. The Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power. Photo: Handout via AFP
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