Beijing could use civilian control techniques in the west as a template for its policies in the east.
Despite confessing its offensive capabilities, Australia’s cyber strategy may struggle to win favour.
Expect tension and conflict to increase within and between many Asian nations in 2018.
Asia’s middle powers are fighting a dogged defence of US trade values while Washington vacillates.
A focus on short-term gains may lead to blowback for Beijing and Russia’s state-owned oil company.
Each setback to peace in the southern Philippines has encouraged more radical insurgents.