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France to Dispatch <em>Mistral</em> Amphibious Assault Ship for Exercise in Western Pacific
March 20, 2017
France to Dispatch Mistral Amphibious Assault Ship for Exercise in Western Pacific
The French vessel will join Japanese, British, and U.S. ships for a multilateral exercise later this year.
France to Dispatch Mistral Amphibious Assault Ship for Exercise in Western Pacific
Modi Taps Firebrand Hindu Priest-Politician to Lead India's Most Populous State
March 20, 2017
Modi Taps Firebrand Hindu Priest-Politician to Lead India's Most Populous State
Yogi Adityanath will became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, a state with 204 million people.
Modi Taps Firebrand Hindu Priest-Politician to Lead India's Most Populous State
North Korea Tests High-Thrust Rocket Engine of 'Historic Significance'
March 20, 2017
North Korea Tests High-Thrust Rocket Engine of 'Historic Significance'
Pyongyang stages a new rocket engine test out of Sohae.
North Korea Tests High-Thrust Rocket Engine of 'Historic Significance'
South China Sea: Is China Considering Construction Work at Scarborough Shoal Again?
March 18, 2017
South China Sea: Is China Considering Construction Work at Scarborough Shoal Again?
New signs emerge that the prospect of Chinese construction at South China Sea hasn't entirely faded since 2016.
South China Sea: Is China Considering Construction Work at Scarborough Shoal Again?
Japan Holds First-Ever North Korean Ballistic Missile Attack Civilian Evacuation Drill
March 17, 2017
Japan Holds First-Ever North Korean Ballistic Missile Attack Civilian Evacuation Drill
Japanese civilians are being prepared for a potential North Korean ballistic missile attack.
Japan Holds First-Ever North Korean Ballistic Missile Attack Civilian Evacuation Drill
South China Sea: China Continues Construction Work on North Island in Paracel Group
March 16, 2017
South China Sea: China Continues Construction Work on North Island in Paracel Group
Satellite imagery shows additional Chinese work on its island possessions in the Paracel group.
South China Sea: China Continues Construction Work on North Island in Paracel Group
Straight From the US State Department: The 'Pivot' to Asia Is Over
March 14, 2017
Straight From the US State Department: The 'Pivot' to Asia Is Over
Don't hold your breath for the language of the 'pivot' or 'rebalance' to make a return anytime soon.
Straight From the US State Department: The 'Pivot' to Asia Is Over
Tillerson Goes to Asia: What's on the Agenda
March 14, 2017
Tillerson Goes to Asia: What's on the Agenda
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Asia on his first trip to the region as the top U.S. diplomat.
Tillerson Goes to Asia: What's on the Agenda
TPP Signatories to Meet in Chile to Explore the Future of the Agreement
March 13, 2017
TPP Signatories to Meet in Chile to Explore the Future of the Agreement
The meeting will be the first high-level summit between the 12 countries since the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement.
TPP Signatories to Meet in Chile to Explore the Future of the Agreement
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: March 12, 2017 Edition
March 12, 2017
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: March 12, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: March 12, 2017 Edition
North Korea, Malaysia to Enter Formal Talks Over Travel Ban
March 12, 2017
North Korea, Malaysia to Enter Formal Talks Over Travel Ban
Malaysia's foreign minister has said that the talks will take place bilaterally, without third-party mediation.
North Korea, Malaysia to Enter Formal Talks Over Travel Ban
China's Navy Will 'Intercept' and 'Follow' Military Vessels and Aircraft
March 12, 2017
China's Navy Will 'Intercept' and 'Follow' Military Vessels and Aircraft
The Chinese navy will "will intercept any intruding aircraft and follow every military vessel in areas under our responsibility."
China's Navy Will 'Intercept' and 'Follow' Military Vessels and Aircraft
What Is Japan's Regional Threat Environment and Defense Strategy?
March 10, 2017
What Is Japan's Regional Threat Environment and Defense Strategy?
How does Japan see its threat environment and what are its defense priorities?
What Is Japan's Regional Threat Environment and Defense Strategy?
South Korean Constitutional Court Unanimously Upholds Park Geun-hye Impeachment
March 10, 2017
South Korean Constitutional Court Unanimously Upholds Park Geun-hye Impeachment
The court's 8-0 decision also starts the 60-day countdown for new presidential elections.
South Korean Constitutional Court Unanimously Upholds Park Geun-hye Impeachment
THAAD and China's Nuclear Second-Strike Capability
March 08, 2017
THAAD and China's Nuclear Second-Strike Capability
China may be afraid that THAAD will degrade its own nuclear second-strike capability.
THAAD and China's Nuclear Second-Strike Capability
Indian Ocean Rim Association Concludes First-Ever Leaders' Summit
March 08, 2017
Indian Ocean Rim Association Concludes First-Ever Leaders' Summit
Is the Indian Ocean Rim Association looking to raise its profile?
Indian Ocean Rim Association Concludes First-Ever Leaders' Summit
Pyongyang Bans All Malaysian Citizens From Leaving North Korea As Diplomatic Row Reaches New Heights
March 07, 2017
Pyongyang Bans All Malaysian Citizens From Leaving North Korea As Diplomatic Row Reaches New Heights
North Korea takes the drastic step of barring all Malaysians within its borders from temporarily leaving the country.
Pyongyang Bans All Malaysian Citizens From Leaving North Korea As Diplomatic Row Reaches New Heights
For the United States, Freedom of Navigation in Asia Concerns More Than Just China
March 07, 2017
For the United States, Freedom of Navigation in Asia Concerns More Than Just China
The United States' freedom of navigation program focuses on more than just China.
For the United States, Freedom of Navigation in Asia Concerns More Than Just China
North Korea Launches Multiple Ballistic Missiles, With 3 Splashing Down in Japan's EEZ
March 06, 2017
North Korea Launches Multiple Ballistic Missiles, With 3 Splashing Down in Japan's EEZ
As the United States and South Korea continue their annual exercises, North Korea launched multiple ballistic missiles.
North Korea Launches Multiple Ballistic Missiles, With 3 Splashing Down in Japan's EEZ
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: March 5, 2017 Edition
March 06, 2017
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: March 5, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: March 5, 2017 Edition
China Slows the Pace on Its Defense Spending Growth in 2017
March 05, 2017
China Slows the Pace on Its Defense Spending Growth in 2017
Anticipating slower overall growth, China slows the pace of its year-on-year defense spending growth.
China Slows the Pace on Its Defense Spending Growth in 2017
Rex Tillerson May Be Heading to China, South Korea, and Japan Soon
March 05, 2017
Rex Tillerson May Be Heading to China, South Korea, and Japan Soon
Trump's top diplomat may be on the cusp of a major Asian tour.
Rex Tillerson May Be Heading to China, South Korea, and Japan Soon
North Korean Ambassador Expelled From Malaysia
March 05, 2017
North Korean Ambassador Expelled From Malaysia
Fallout continues for Malaysia-North Korea ties after Kim Jong-nam's assassination.
North Korean Ambassador Expelled From Malaysia
The Islamic State Just Threatened China. What Will Beijing Do?
March 04, 2017
The Islamic State Just Threatened China. What Will Beijing Do?
A recent Islamic State video featuring Uyghurs threatening China shouldn't have come as a surprise.
The Islamic State Just Threatened China. What Will Beijing Do?
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