Beyond Competition: Why the U.S. Must Cooperate with China and Russia for Maritime Stability

By Jan Stockbruegger and Christian Bueger Great power competition with China and Russia dominates debates in Washington. Few analysts therefore paid attention when U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders at the UN Security Council for a high-level debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security — A Case for International … Continue reading Beyond Competition: Why the U.S. Must Cooperate with China and Russia for Maritime Stability

Countering China’s Maritime Insurgency with Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces

By Lawrence Hajek Losing the green water sea control challenge in the South China Sea could sideline US-led efforts in Asia. The US Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces can step up to provide strategic support for INDOPAC command. As tensions continue to build between the United States and the People’s Republic of China/Chinese Communist Party … Continue reading Countering China’s Maritime Insurgency with Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces

No Ordinary Boats: Cracking the Code on China’s Spratly Maritime Militias

By Ryan Martinson A Chinese fishing vessel appears in a sensitive location—near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, a South China Sea reef, or just offshore from a U.S. military base. Is it an “ordinary” fishing boat, or is it maritime militia? This straightforward question seldom yields straightforward answers. China does not publish … Continue reading No Ordinary Boats: Cracking the Code on China’s Spratly Maritime Militias

Envisioning a Dystopian Future in the South China Sea

By Capt. Tuan N. Pham, USN The setting is the South China Sea (SCS) in 2035. On the Chinese island of Mischief Reef, Senior Captain Chen, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Spratly Islands Commander, considers a Philippines Navy request to conduct a quarterly search and rescue drill in the vicinity of the Chinese island … Continue reading Envisioning a Dystopian Future in the South China Sea