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Why US hegemony is incompatible with a ‘rules-based international order’

A bad argument for invading the Solomon Islands reflects the inherent conflict between America’s dominance and its purported liberal values.


Solomon Islands-China deal punctures US complacency

But instead of threats of retaliation, Washington must end strategy of coercion and become more competitive economically.


The misbegotten notion that the South Pacific is a US sphere of influence

The speed at which Washington officials rushed to the Solomon Islands after news of a Chinese security pact is all you need to know.