U.S. Obsession with Old Dogma Facilitates a Chinese Quest for Pacific Control,” by Commodore Kazi Emdadul Haq, is the latest perspective paper for DKI APCSS’ Security Nexus journal.

Commodore Haq, a 35-year veteran of the Bangladesh Navy and a founding member of the Bangladesh Institute of Maritime Research and Development (BIMRAD), provides a unique perspective on the security dynamics between Pacific powerhouses China and the United States. In his perspective, the United States’ focus on military operations in Islamic countries has caused some of its traditional partners in the Southwest Pacific to feel abandoned. China has taken advantage of this power vacuum to assert its emerging dominance in both the Indian and Pacific oceans.

“The United States needs to include [Pacific Island nations] in its security umbrella to better compete in great power competition. Otherwise, China will gain influence by adopting a deceitful strategy over the Pacific nations and win without waging war.”

The views expressed in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the DKI APCSS or the United States Government.