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Will China’s military rival the United States’ in the Pacific? Will Japan abandon the constitutional fetters on its own military? How will India respond to the String of Pearls strategy? The Diplomat has put together a team of leading analysts to offer must-read, regular commentary on the big defence and security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

It Is Time for Space Governance Talks
May 21, 2020

It Is Time for Space Governance Talks

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The window of opportunity for such talks is shrinking, and delay could see space emerge as an active domain for conflict.

Assessing China’s Assertiveness at Commodore Reef
May 18, 2020

Assessing China’s Assertiveness at Commodore Reef

By Christian Vicedo
Implications for the future of international law and good order at sea in the South China Sea.
Fistfighting in the Himalayas: India and China Go Another Round
May 15, 2020

Fistfighting in the Himalayas: India and China Go Another Round

By Jeff Smith
The Indo-Chinese borderlands are rumbling again.

India’s Defense Chief Opposes Aircraft Carrier Plans
May 14, 2020

India’s Defense Chief Opposes Aircraft Carrier Plans

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
CDS General Bipin Rawat reiterated doubts about acquiring a third carrier in a recent interview.

COVID-19 Could Spark a New Era of Piracy in Southeast Asia
May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Could Spark a New Era of Piracy in Southeast Asia

By Drake Long
Amid the impending economic disaster from the pandemic, increased crime in Southeast Asian seas is inevitable.

Why China’s Technology Theft Poses a Bigger Challenge Than That of the Soviet Union
May 13, 2020

Why China’s Technology Theft Poses a Bigger Challenge Than That of the Soviet Union

By Robert Farley
China can better incorporate what it takes to “catch up.”

US B-1B Bombers Conduct Indo-Pacific Activities
May 12, 2020

US B-1B Bombers Conduct Indo-Pacific Activities

By Ankit Panda
American B-1Bs conducted flights through the East and South China Seas in recent weeks.
Does a US Presidential Military Experience Gap Really Matter?
May 12, 2020

Does a US Presidential Military Experience Gap Really Matter?

By Robert Farley
What are the strategic consequences of leadership that lacks direct military experience?

China’s Chance to Demonstrate Leadership in the South China Sea
May 12, 2020

China’s Chance to Demonstrate Leadership in the South China Sea

By Harrison Prétat
It’s not too late for Beijing to flip the script in the South China Sea—should it choose to.

Japan Protests China Coast Guard Harassment of Fishing Vessel Near Senkaku Islands
May 11, 2020

Japan Protests China Coast Guard Harassment of Fishing Vessel Near Senkaku Islands

By Ankit Panda
China Coast Guard ships chased a Japanese fishing vessel, Japanese authorities said.

Taiwan’s Medical Diplomacy in the Caribbean: A Final Stand Against Beijing?
May 11, 2020

Taiwan’s Medical Diplomacy in the Caribbean: A Final Stand Against Beijing?

By Jared Ward
Taiwan’s aid in the COVID-19 fight could be its best chance at keeping its remaining diplomatic allies.
Should China Worry About the Russia-US Reset?
May 08, 2020

Should China Worry About the Russia-US Reset?

By (Frank) Ka-Ho Wong
It's unlikely even the coronavirus will be enough to thaw U.S.-Russia ties -- and break China-Russia bonds.

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