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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.

South Korea Commemorates 10 Years Since Sinking of Cheonan
March 27, 2020

South Korea Commemorates 10 Years Since Sinking of Cheonan

By Ankit Panda
2010 marked one of the most dangerous years on the Korean Peninsula in recent history.

Going to ‘War’ Against Coronavirus
March 25, 2020

Going to ‘War’ Against Coronavirus

By Paul Kreitman
Lessons in home front mobilization from war-time East Asia.
Remembering the ‘Spanish Flu’ in Asia
March 25, 2020

Remembering the ‘Spanish Flu’ in Asia

By Robert Farley
As Asia weathers COVID-19, it's worth recalling that the 1918 influenza pandemic did not spare Asia.

As Pompeo Leaves Kabul, No Word on Political Power-Sharing Deal
March 24, 2020

As Pompeo Leaves Kabul, No Word on Political Power-Sharing Deal

By Associated Press
The U.S. had said it wouldn't get involved in the political tussle, but with a fragile peace at risk Pompeo undertook an urgent visit to Afghanistan.

Taiwan Coast Guard Reports Chinese Speed Boat Harassment Near Kinmen
March 23, 2020

Taiwan Coast Guard Reports Chinese Speed Boat Harassment Near Kinmen

By Ankit Panda
One Taiwanese coast guard cutter suffered damage in the incident.

North Korea Launches 2 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles
March 23, 2020

North Korea Launches 2 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles

By Ankit Panda
The tests featured a new type of short-range ballistic missile system known to U.S. authorities as the KN24.

China Remains Unfazed by Warming US-Vietnam Security Ties
March 19, 2020

China Remains Unfazed by Warming US-Vietnam Security Ties

By Derek Grossman
U.S.-Vietnam ties continue to advance, and Beijing doesn’t seem too concerned.
Keep an Eye on North Korean Cybercrime as COVID-19 Spreads
March 18, 2020

Keep an Eye on North Korean Cybercrime as COVID-19 Spreads

By Todd Wiesel
Will North Korea turn to cybercrime as COVID-19 crunches its economy?

Taiwanese Air Force Scrambles Jets Amid PLAAF Flyby
March 18, 2020

Taiwanese Air Force Scrambles Jets Amid PLAAF Flyby

By Ankit Panda
The Chinese drills took place shortly after the election of a new chairman for Taiwan’s opposition KMT party.

As Pandemic Spreads, China’s Ex-Epicenter Down to 1 New Case
March 17, 2020

As Pandemic Spreads, China’s Ex-Epicenter Down to 1 New Case

By Associated Press
Wuhan, where the disease originated in December, has stemmed the influx of infections even as other countries record mounting cases.

Mutual Apprehension at the India-China Border 
March 13, 2020

Mutual Apprehension at the India-China Border 

By M. S. Prathibha
Anxieties at the India-China land border must be managed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Implies US Military Brought Coronavirus to Wuhan
March 13, 2020

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Implies US Military Brought Coronavirus to Wuhan

By Ankit Panda
A firebrand Chinese spokesperson implies the U.S. “army” may have brought the virus to China.

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