June 24, 2019

What’s the difference between Indo Pacific and Asia-Pacific? Regional control for the US or China

Featuring Elbridge Colby

Source: South China Morning Post

Journalist Tashny Sukumaran

Indo Pacific? Asia-Pacific? Asean Indo Pacific?

The ongoing debate on diplomatic nomenclature was in sharp focus on Monday as leading geopolitical researchers waded into the debate on how the region should style itself.

The topic has been hotly discussed amid America’s push to call it the “Indo Pacific” – a move some have said is a means to entrench the so-called quadrilateral security dialogue consisting of the United States, Japan, Australia and India to counter China’s rise.

The four democracies have not formally convened as a group for a decade, and the bloc is viewed by Beijing with a degree of suspicion, due to perceptions that it is a check on China’s increasing influence in the region.

Read the full article and more in the South China Morning Post.

  • Elbridge Colby

    Former Director, Defense Program

    Elbridge Colby is the former Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, where he led CNAS’ work on defense issues. Previously, Colby served as ...