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The year ahead: The Asia-Pacific region

5th January 2017 - 02:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong


Within the Asia-Pacific region the year just passed was pretty much dominated by the machinations of one country – China – and there is little likelihood of that changing in 2017.

On 15 December the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) snatched an unmanned underwater vessel (UUV) of the US Navy (USN). This occurred just 50nm from the Philippine coast, a reminder that Beijing sees the whole of the South China Sea as its own turf, to use in an inappropriate metaphor for maritime territory. 

With some behind-the-scenes diplomacy by the USN and US State Department, China quietly returned the same

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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