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Security Commentaries #009
March 22nd, 2021


Asia Pacific

The Quad is Back with a Vision to Navigate Indo-Pacific Affairs: 
The Quad virtual meeting not only reaffirmed the concept of Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategies, but also accommodated crucial issues in the region. Some of the Quad initiations probably aimed at countering China, but does not necessarily pose a serious threat to China.

US-China High-Level Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska: The US and China had their first high-level talks since the new Biden administration came into office. What does the meeting mean for the two nation’s regional and global partners, and will the two great powers create lasting change to the current tense situation brewing in the Indo-Pacific?  

Around the World

Troubles in the Eastern Mediterranean – A Look Into Western Asia’s Maritime Woes: Tensions continue to rise over the past weeks as Turkey’s maritime doctrine sheds light on its territorial claims in the disputed waters of the Mediterranean, “Mavi Vatan”. The actions that follow indicate further observation to this recent development is necessary, not just for stakeholders in the region, but also for the international community at large.

The Quad is Back with a Vision to Navigate Indo-Pacific Affairs

- Elpeni Fitrah, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, an informal strategic forum of four nations: The US, India, Japan, and Australia, has successfully organized a virtual summit last Friday. This was the first official meeting of the four leaders, currently along with US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

The US under the new Biden administration proposed this summit since the first week of Biden moving into the White House earlier this year. In the past, the highest level of this bloc meeting was among the foreign ministers of the four countries and has conducted semi-regular summits and information exchanges since 2007. Acting as the initiator and host of this meeting, the US obviously demonstrated its leadership in directing Indo-Pacific affairs... Read more

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US-China High-Level Meeting in Anchorage
- Evgenii Iastrubinskii, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

The US and China’s officials held the first senior-level meeting since the inauguration of President Joe Biden in Anchorage, Alaska. The US side included Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Their Chinese counterpart envoy included Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chinese Central Foreign Affairs Commission Director Yang Jiechi... Read more

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Troubles in the Eastern Mediterranean: A Look Into Western Asia’s Maritime Woes
- Harun Talha Ayanoglu, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

The tension in the Eastern Mediterranean (EastMed) increased following the exploration of gas fields and Turkey’s recent maritime doctrine, Blue Homeland, referring to territorial waters, continental shelves, and EEZs as part of its motherland. As part of this doctrine, Ankara has constantly been declaring NAVTEX (Navigational Telex) to inform Greece and other states near designated gas exploration areas in the EastMed, and despite the EU’s protests, Turkey deployed research/survey vessels and drillships escorted with frigates, corvettes as well as drones.

Moreover, EastMed has become home to numerous large-scale naval drills launched by Turkey; and other coastal states as a response to Turkish naval activities. Similar to the eastern flank of Asia, the western waters of the continent are heated as well
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