A Chinese Shenyang J-15 fighter jet, also known as Flying Shark, lands on the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, during sea trials on June 19, 2013 (source: spa)

Rift between US and Europe may pose security risk in Asia

The United States and Europe are major stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. As the centre of global influence continues to shift eastward, both of these powers share compelling interests. These include security for the massive amount of international trade in goods transiting the region and the development of a rules-based regional order. The differences between the US and Europe revolve around their geopolitical outlooks and how they go about furthering these interests. Closer alignment of strategic thinking and greater European commitment to the region’s security needs would help the transatlantic allies better secure their positions. Failure on this score would force the US to make its own arrangements with regional alli...

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 Walter Lohman
The highly visible addition of many new and advanced weapons systems, such as China’s well-publicised first aircraft carrier and the DF-21 ‘carrier killer’ missile, along with major advances in subsurface and maritime strike capabilities, directly impinge upon the US position in the region
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