Today, 95 percent of all trade is conducted via sea routes. Alongside the military expansion of China and Russia arises a threat to international trade routes. Ravdeep Sandal of the NATO Association of Canada explores the implications of the military expansion from China and Russia on international trade security.
As the shipping industry continues to mature, it is turning to technology to handle the large amounts of information, data, and goods flowing through its supply chains. However, as Program Editor Amaliah Reiskind explains, these tools have been implemented without proper concern for the vulnerabilities they open the industry up to.
The publication of the Chairman’s Statement at the 32nd ASEAN Summit notably deleted points on the South China Sea from its initial draft. With ASEAN being the region’s best chance to hedge against China’s military dominance, this raises key questions about the future possibility of conflict in the region.