America's Doomed China Strategy

Two developments in the past month indicate that Washington’s mixed policy of engagement and containment (or “congagement”) toward China has begun to tilt more toward containment. The first development was the visit of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to India in mid-April and the signing of a bilateral cooperation agreement on military logistics. The other episode is President Obama’s just-completed trip to Vietnam and the announced lifting of the long-standing arms embargo on that country.

Moving the U.S-Vietnam Relationship into the Future

With China looming large in the background, it is easy to characterize the recent warming in relations between the U.S and Vietnam, which culminated in President Obama's latest visit to Vietnam, as a marriage of convenience. While this is undoubtedly true to a certain extent, such characterization fails to capture the full essence of U.S-Vietnam relations and where this relationship is heading in the near future.

Watch Out, China: Taiwan and Japan Are Teaming Up

In office less than a week, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has already defused a potential conflictual situation in the East China Sea. Her administration has decided to leave the resolution of a dispute with Japan over the status of Okinotori as a rock or island to the discretion of the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf.

The U.S. Navy’s Underwater Robots Patrol the Arctic

The Navy is analyzing research findings from efforts to deploy underwater drones beneath the ice in the Arctic Ocean to assess how quickly the ice is melting and understand how soon the U.S. and Russia will be competing for new strategic waterways in the region.

The drones had been measuring the temperature and salt content to help scientists develop more accurate computer models with which to predict the anticipated future pace of melting ice, Martin Jeffries, science advisor to the Office of Naval Research, or ONR, told Scout Warrior.