Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Dewey transits the South China Sea. (Photo: Handout/Reuters /Newscom)
Dean Cheng, Daily Signal: Trump Signals New US Approach to China With Tough Actions
Two developments in the past few weeks suggest that America’s China policy is on a cusp.
The more publicly discussed event involves the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey, which conducted a freedom of navigation operation near Mischief Reef in the Spratlys island group.
This is the first freedom of navigation action conducted by the Trump administration. It is the first true freedom of navigation conducted since at least 2012.
By contrast, the Obama administration had undertaken a handful of “innocent passage” activities in the South China Sea, which failed to demonstrate the critical issues at stake.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 29, 2017
Rethinking the Next China -- Stephen S. Roach, Project Syndicate
Explainer: how and why Islamic State-linked rebels took over part of a Philippine city -- Oliver Holmes, The Guardian
ISIS in Southeast Asia: Philippines battles growing threat -- James Griffiths, CNN
North Korean Missile Launch May Be Testing Rivals, Not Technology -- Foster Klug & Hyung-Jin Kim, AP
Why Russia Can’t End the North Korea Crisis -- Xander Snyder, Geopolitical Futures
How Islamic State clings on in Libya -- The Economist
AP Explains: Iraq’s slow grind to retake IS-held Mosul -- AP
Iran’s Islamic Evolution Through the Ballot Box -- Marc Champion and Ladane Nasseri, Bloomberg
Who are the new jihadis? -- Olivier Roy, The Guardian
How the world reacted to Merkel's pivot to Europe -- Lewis Sanders IV, DW
New world order? Angela Merkel signals doubt about global partnerships: ANALYSIS -- Greg Jennett, ABC News Online
Nato has become a loveless marriage -- Edward Lucas, CAPX
NATO Without America? -- Kori Schake, American Interest
Smartest Way to Deal With Russia? Ignore Putin -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
How Libyan crises could fuel Islamic extremism -- Jason Burke, The Guardian