Geopolitical Tensions Rise In Asia, East Asian Nations Entering Into New Defense Agreements And Increase Spending On Defense

US Navy 060910-N-0879R-009 Sailors aboard the Chinese Navy destroyer Qingdao (DDG 113) prepare to depart Pearl Harbor

American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is paying his first visit to Asia this week. Just before he left, Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton told reporters the Trump Administration “will have its own formulation” of the Pacific pivot, or the rebalance to Asia declared by the Obama Administration. “Pivot, rebalance, etcetera — that was…