The small Pacific Island nation of Palau offers some big lessons for how Washington, Tokyo and Canberra can transform common concerns about China into allied action.
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During their first in-person summit, leaders from the four Quad countries—Australia, Japan, India, and the United States—announced a new infrastructure coordination group that will resonate in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.
The Australian state of Victoria, which signed a Belt and Road MoU in 2018, has little to show from Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature foreign policy vision.
This paper discusses the geopolitical dynamics of the Indo-Pacific, including the impacts of Covid-19, and emerging foreign policy initiatives, and offers recommendations for how Japan can solidify a comprehensive leadership role in this critical, multipolar region.
The Blue Dot Network (BDN)—an effort by the United States, Japan, and Australia to promote high-quality global infrastructure—holds promise and should be encouraged, but many unanswered questions about its implementation will need to be addressed for the initiative to achieve its desired impact.