Having gone unchallenged for decades, and facing budget cuts, the U.S. Navy is in danger of losing its capability to challenge the PLA in its near seas.
Chen Guancheng's quest to leave China, China bears, a Pakistani missile test and the country's improving ties with India feature in this week's news roundup.
The world would be a worse place if Iran constructs a nuclear weapon. But engaging it on broader Middle East issues might make it rethink.
The Chen Guangcheng case, Cambodian landmines and some unusual teaching props in Indian schools. The Week in Asia rounds up the news you might have missed.