The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
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The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative is an interactive, regularly-updated source for information, analysis, and policy exchange on maritime security issues in Asia. It was launched by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
A recent visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo clarified the US position on defending the Philippines, but questions remain over the longstanding security alliance.
China may be expanding its surveillance state to its disputed claims in the South China Sea.
The Philippines, privately frustrated with Beijing, is expanding its defense cooperation with the US.
Large segments of Philippines society, not least the defense establishment, have issues with Duterte's pro-China stance.
Only 13 percent of the planet’s oceans are untouched by human activity, according to a recent study by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The early days of Quad cooperation suggest it could serve as a useful framework for maintaining rule-based order in the Indo-Pacific.