Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress
Oct 18, 2021
The AUKUS defense agreement continues to shake up relations in Southeast Asia, as the nations caught between Australia and China move to protect stability in the region as the staredown between the U.S. and China intensifies.
Aug 24, 2021
Japan’s strong ties to the West have benefited its economy and global standing in the Pacific Rim for the better part of a century. Now, as China gains power and grows bolder, Japan’s next moves will test the stability of China-Japan relations.
Jun 22, 2021
China recently initiated a wave of diplomatic courtship of ASEAN nations, as both sides work to navigate the reality of China’s resurgent gravity in the Pacfic region.
Apr 29, 2021
With the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) expected to take effect next year, China steps up building its first free trade port in Hainan. It shows how Beijing is preparing to capitalize and contribute to the success of the world’s largest free trade agreement (FTA).
Apr 08, 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic unleashed opportunistic and nationalistic impulses on the part of countries and biomedical companies, but it also rekindled the global cooperative spirit.
Mar 03, 2021
China’s actions in challenged waters has seen it take brazen maneuvering to a new level, often stopping just short of igniting a direct confrontation. A new law giving their Coast Guard authority to exercise force within its claimed seas could escalate the situation further.
Nov 03, 2020
The stakes for the coming US election have never been higher for America and its place in the world. Whether Trump or Biden secure the win for the US Presidency will determine the course of American foreign policy for the next four years and beyond.
Oct 13, 2020
US-China relations are widely touted as the most important bilateral interaction in the world today. While this is true, it doesn’t mean that smaller nations and other regional powers aren’t making their own plays within the dynamic.
Jul 29, 2020
China has been taking exception to the US’s long-running freedom of navigation operations in recent years. But as a rising maritime power, it is in China’s best interests to adhere to an enduring and stable order at sea.
Jul 02, 2020
While the Pompeo-Yang summit was a welcome respite in an otherwise escalating great power conflict, the summit seems little more than a chance for each side to probe the other’s redlines on the myriad of issues on which they disagree.