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Nikkei Asia – U.S.-China rivalry flares undersea with Australia submarine deal

The crux of the AUKUS defense pact announced by the U.S., the U.K. and Australia is an arrangement that will give Canberra its first nuclear-powered submarines and boost the naval power of another American ally in the Pacific.

South China Morning Post – EU unveils Indo-Pacific strategy, and admits US’ new ‘Aukus’ alliance came as a surprise

Top EU diplomat ‘regrets’ not being part of arrangement between Australia, UK and US, but says effect on relations with Washington should not be ‘dramatised’.

The Diplomat – What Does the New AUKUS Alliance Mean for Southeast Asia?

The newly announced military partnership between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia – the so-called AUKUS pact – is set to have unclear but likely far-reaching implications for the future strategic balance in Asia.

The Diplomat – Australia-India 2+2 Dialogue: Converging Interests

New Delhi and Canberra have had to bear the brunt of increasingly belligerent Chinese behavior in the Indo-Pacific, pushing their bilateral relationship to new heights.

South China Morning Post – Beijing slams South China Sea ‘provocation’ after turning away German warship

Beijing said other countries’ patrols in the South China Sea were “provoking incidents” and “creating contradictions” as it rejected a German warship’s port call request.

Asia Times – In Philippines, Dutertes star in their own ‘Game of Thrones’

One of Rodrigo Duterte’s central appeals back in 2016, when he was elected president, was that he didn’t hail from a dynasty. Yet Duterte is now angling to create his own dominion.

South China Morning Post – US, UK, Australia announce ‘historic’ military partnership in move likely to anger China

The move extends Washington’s drive for military cooperation that has angered China.

Focus Taiwan – U.S. stands with Lithuania against Chinese coercion: Blinken tells Lithuanian FM

Secretary Blinken’s remarks were made as the Baltic state is facing increased pressure from Beijing following its decision to soon open reciprocal representative offices with Taiwan.

The Straits Times – Malaysia’s King applauds political truce but MPs ask for more reforms

Several MPs say the promised reforms under the agreement need to be expedited and widened.

Nikkei Asia – North Korea fires two ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s military said, raising regional tensions just days after the isolated nation said it tested a cruise missile.