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Ankit Panda is an editor at The Diplomat. He writes on security, politics, economics, and culture.

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The Trump Administration Needs a Clear South China Sea Policy
January 24, 2017
The Trump Administration Needs a Clear South China Sea Policy
The first mention of the South China Sea by the new U.S. administration in office leaves more questions than it answers.
The Trump Administration Needs a Clear South China Sea Policy
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: January 22, 2017 Edition
January 23, 2017
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 22, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 22, 2017 Edition
US, India Sharing Information on Chinese Submarines. Here's Why That Matters
January 23, 2017
US, India Sharing Information on Chinese Submarines. Here's Why That Matters
The commander of U.S. Pacific Command confirms that the two countries are peering at Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean.
US, India Sharing Information on Chinese Submarines. Here's Why That Matters
Pakistan Pledges a Hot Finish for 'Cold Start'
January 22, 2017
Pakistan Pledges a Hot Finish for 'Cold Start'
Pakistan reminds India of its pledge to use nuclear weapons in the case 'Cold Start' is activated in a crisis.
Pakistan Pledges a Hot Finish for 'Cold Start'
Top Chinese Official: China-Taiwan Ties to Grow 'Even More Complex and Grim' in 2017
January 22, 2017
Top Chinese Official: China-Taiwan Ties to Grow 'Even More Complex and Grim' in 2017
Yu Zhengsheng warns of coming cold winds in China-Taiwan relations.
Top Chinese Official: China-Taiwan Ties to Grow 'Even More Complex and Grim' in 2017
Is North Korea About to Welcome Donald Trump Into Office With Its First-Ever ICBM Flight Test?
January 19, 2017
Is North Korea About to Welcome Donald Trump Into Office With Its First-Ever ICBM Flight Test?
A North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test in early 2017 looks increasingly likely, but there's a twist.
Is North Korea About to Welcome Donald Trump Into Office With Its First-Ever ICBM Flight Test?
Japan Plans First Military Communications Satellite Launch
January 19, 2017
Japan Plans First Military Communications Satellite Launch
Japan anticipates the operationalization of a space-based X-band military communication satellite network.
Japan Plans First Military Communications Satellite Launch
At Raisina Dialogue, Modi's Blueprint for Indian Foreign Policy in 'Unsettled Times'
January 18, 2017
At Raisina Dialogue, Modi's Blueprint for Indian Foreign Policy in 'Unsettled Times'
India continues to reckon with what kind of power it wants to be, this time in acknowledgement of global shifts.
At Raisina Dialogue, Modi's Blueprint for Indian Foreign Policy in 'Unsettled Times'
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: January 15, 2017 Edition
January 17, 2017
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 15, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 15, 2017 Edition
The Future of the Asia-Pacific Security Architecture, as Seen by China
January 17, 2017
The Future of the Asia-Pacific Security Architecture, as Seen by China
A new white paper on Asia-Pacific regional security from the Chinese foreign ministry merits a close read.
The Future of the Asia-Pacific Security Architecture, as Seen by China
Chinese Envoy, Pakistani Army Chief Discuss CPEC Security
January 17, 2017
Chinese Envoy, Pakistani Army Chief Discuss CPEC Security
China's top diplomat in Pakistan meets with Pakistan's army chief to discuss the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Chinese Envoy, Pakistani Army Chief Discuss CPEC Security
Japan Pledges 6 New Patrol Boats for Vietnam Coast Guard
January 17, 2017
Japan Pledges 6 New Patrol Boats for Vietnam Coast Guard
In Hanoi, Shinzo Abe reiterates that Japan will sell Vietnam six new patrol boats.
Japan Pledges 6 New Patrol Boats for Vietnam Coast Guard
South Asian Strategic Stability and Pakistan's Babur-3 Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile
January 14, 2017
South Asian Strategic Stability and Pakistan's Babur-3 Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile
Will Pakistan's new submarine-launched cruise missile bolster or harm strategic stability?
South Asian Strategic Stability and Pakistan's Babur-3 Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile
Chinese Navy Commissions Fifth Improved <em>Dongdiao</em>-class Spy Ship
January 13, 2017
Chinese Navy Commissions Fifth Improved Dongdiao-class Spy Ship
The PLAN Kaiyangxing is the fifth Dongdiao-class AGI to enter service.
Chinese Navy Commissions Fifth Improved Dongdiao-class Spy Ship
Rex Tillerson, Trump's Secretary of State Nominee, Has a Dangerous Idea for the South China Sea
January 12, 2017
Rex Tillerson, Trump's Secretary of State Nominee, Has a Dangerous Idea for the South China Sea
During his confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson proposed an audacious move against China in the South China Sea.
Rex Tillerson, Trump's Secretary of State Nominee, Has a Dangerous Idea for the South China Sea
Taiwan Scrambles Fighters as China's Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait
January 11, 2017
Taiwan Scrambles Fighters as China's Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait
The Liaoning sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, drawing Taiwanese attention.
Taiwan Scrambles Fighters as China's Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait
Understanding Sri Lanka, Two Years After Sirisena Defeated Rajapaksa
January 11, 2017
Understanding Sri Lanka, Two Years After Sirisena Defeated Rajapaksa
Taylor Dibbert and Ankit Panda discuss Sri Lanka's domestic politics and foreign policy.
Understanding Sri Lanka, Two Years After Sirisena Defeated Rajapaksa
India, Vietnam in Talks Over Surface-to-Air Missile System
January 10, 2017
India, Vietnam in Talks Over Surface-to-Air Missile System
In another manifestation of a closer defense relationship, India and Vietnam have entered talks over a SAM platform.
India, Vietnam in Talks Over Surface-to-Air Missile System
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: January 8, 2017 Edition
January 09, 2017
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 8, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 8, 2017 Edition
Iran's Former President Rafsanjani Dies at 82
January 09, 2017
Iran's Former President Rafsanjani Dies at 82
Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dies at 82, leaving behind a controversial legacy as a revolutionary-turned-reformist.
Iran's Former President Rafsanjani Dies at 82
The 'Final and Irreversible' 2015 Japan-South Korea Comfort Women Deal Unravels
January 09, 2017
The 'Final and Irreversible' 2015 Japan-South Korea Comfort Women Deal Unravels
Despite a 2015 deal, the "comfort women" dispute between Japan and South Korea continues to have salience for bilateral ties.
The 'Final and Irreversible' 2015 Japan-South Korea Comfort Women Deal Unravels
Pakistan's Ex-Army Chief to Head Saudi-Led Islamic Military Alliance
January 09, 2017
Pakistan's Ex-Army Chief to Head Saudi-Led Islamic Military Alliance
Less than two months after his retirement, Raheel Sharif is poised to lead a global coalition against terror.
Pakistan's Ex-Army Chief to Head Saudi-Led Islamic Military Alliance
A Slip of the Tongue on India's Once-Hyped 'Cold Start' Doctrine?
January 07, 2017
A Slip of the Tongue on India's Once-Hyped 'Cold Start' Doctrine?
Is this India finally acknowledging Cold Start as sanctioned and ready for use, or something else altogether?
A Slip of the Tongue on India's Once-Hyped 'Cold Start' Doctrine?
8 Years Later: Understanding the Obama Administration's Asia-Pacific Legacy
January 06, 2017
8 Years Later: Understanding the Obama Administration's Asia-Pacific Legacy
How did the United States' foreign policy efforts in the Asia-Pacific pan out under the Obama administration?
8 Years Later: Understanding the Obama Administration's Asia-Pacific Legacy
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