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  • Features

    Transregional Commitments to the Indo-Pacific

    Forum Staff With deepening power competition, population shifts and growing economies in the Indo-Pacific, global stakeholders are refining, and in many cases expanding, their strategic investments and presence in the region. Many now count a Free and Open Indo-Pacific as vital to their own geopolitical and economic success.  “The vast majority of countries throughout the region have rallied around the…

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  • Northeast Asia

    PLA’s dangerous moves seek to shield North Korea from sanctions enforcement

    FORUM Staff The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) recent “unsafe and unprofessional” intercept of a Royal Australian Navy helicopter highlights a pattern of dangerous maneuvers aimed at sanctions enforcers. Beijing supported United Nations sanctions to deter North Korea’s destabilizing nuclear and weapons programs, but has undermined the international measures by allowing violators to use Chinese infrastructure and territorial waters to…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    PLA’s coordinated coercion aims to erode international law

    FORUM Staff International leaders have for years denounced China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for unsafe intercepts of military aircraft in international airspace and risky maneuvers on the high seas, as well as the Chinese coast guard and maritime militia’s aggressive tactics in the waters of sovereign nations. The coercive and dangerous moves are part of a concerted attempt to discourage…

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  • Features

    Upholding International Norms in the Skies

    FORUM Staff A People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) fighter jet intercepted a Canadian Armed Forces CP-140 Aurora aircraft multiple times in international airspace in October 2023 in a “dangerous and reckless” manner, yet another example of Beijing’s disregard for freedom of navigation and aircrew safety, officials said. Such unsafe and unprofessional activities risk midair collisions and escalation. The nonstandard intercepts…

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  • Partnerships

    Canada, Philippines sign defense cooperation agreement

    Reuters Canada and the Philippines signed a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation in January 2024, a move which Manila’s defense chief said could lead to a bilateral troop pact. “I’m glad to hear that there is a strong intention on both sides to deepen and strengthen the relationships by forging new milestones in our defense relations to culminate, perhaps,…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    Philippines joins Japan-led naval drills as encounters with PRC rise in disputed South China Sea

    The Associated Press Japan led an annual multinational naval exercise in November 2023 that included the Philippines as a first-time observer, as Philippine Coast Guard vessels are increasingly harassed by People’s Republic of China (PRC) ships in the disputed South China Sea. The Annualex exercise off Japan’s coast, which also included Australia, Canada and the United States, aims to enhance interoperability among…

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  • Free and Open Indo-Pacific/FOIP

    USINDOPACOM Office of Women, Peace & Security holds inaugural gender advisor course

    FORUM Staff The United States Indo-Pacific Command’s (USINDOPACOM) Office of Women, Peace & Security (WPS) conducted its first Indo-Pacific Regional Military Gender Advisor Course in Hawaii in late August 2023. The event marked the launch of a five-year training initiative by USINDOPACOM. The WPS Office designed the annual course to develop a trained network of gender advisors from partner nations,…

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  • Oceania

    Coalition forces training in Indo-Pacific rescue 11 people aboard vessel floundering in high seas

    Senior Airman Tiffany Del Oso/Air Mobility Command Public Affairs/U.S. Air Force Canadian, French and United States military forces deviated from training off the Northern Mariana Islands to rescue 11 people on a disabled vessel adrift in dangerous seas in early July 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The forces were participating in Mobility Guardian 23 (MG23) along with civilian and…

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  • Oceania

    Indo-Pacific military personnel learn skills, build relationships at Pacific Defender exchange

    FORUM Staff Pacific Defender exchanges improve interoperability and build relationships among military and security personnel from Indo-Pacific nations and elsewhere. The tutorials and discussions during the five-day program in early May 2023 in Honolulu, Hawaii, served to enhance regional security. The gathering at the United States military’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam involved military personnel from Canada and New Zealand. The…

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  • Northeast Asia

    G-7 diplomats reject North Korean, PRC, Russian aggression

    The Associated Press Top diplomats from the Group of Seven democracies vowed a tough stance on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) threats to Taiwan and on North Korea’s tests of long-range missiles, while discussing ways to boost support for Ukraine and punish Russia for its invasion. The envoys’ talks in Karuizawa, Japan, in mid-April 2023 were meant to pave…

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