I have started this thread for discussion of all issues pertaining to strategy and geopolitics in the Far East, especially with a maritime focus. Currently, there is a major history shift in geopolitical power underway. For the last 70 years or so, global commerce via sea routes, and thus the global economy, has been able to thrive due to the US navy’s command of the world’s oceans. This is changing today as a wealthy China builds the navy strength to rival American naval strength. What will be the consequences of this challenge to American maritime hegemony? One response has been an attempt at forming an alliance to balance growing Chinese influence, known as the Quad. This group includes the US, Japan, India and Australia. This is not a formal alliance in the tradition of NATO, as each of the participants has different goals. How relevant is it in Asia’s security architecture? From the Chinese point of view, have they done anything wrong? They argue that if America can aspire to be a great power, why can’t they? Were the Athenians correct in their speech to the Melians, as reported by Thucydides: “The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must”? There also appears to be increasing interest from European countries to get involved in the balance of power in the region. This includes Russia, the UK, as well as continental powers. Is this to gain world influence or to market weapons? Finally, there is a growing arms race among many regional countries, enabled by greater prosperity and concerns about Chinese intentions. Where will this lead?