USS Gabrielle Giffords conducts routine operations near a drill ship in South China Sea on May 12: the U.S. has been unwavering in its mission to preserve regional peace and stability. (Handout photo from the U.S. Navy)
David F. Helvey is the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs in the U.S. government.
If COVID-19 has proved anything, it is that threats that were once geographically isolated now have regional, if not global, implications. The unprecedented speed at which the virus spread across borders, impacted economies and strained governments is a testament to just how interconnected we have become, but also a stark reminder of our shared vulnerabilities.