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
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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

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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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Cary Huang
Cary Huang
Opinion

SCMP Columnist

Sino File by Cary Huang

China’s National Day show of military muscle risks backfiring

  • The sheer amount of weaponry on display was meant to strengthen nationalism at home, while sending a message to the US and Taiwan
  • But in doing so, Beijing has undermined its efforts to improve relations internationally, and could spark an arms race among its regional rivals

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