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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.

September 20, 2019

As US-Taliban Peace Process Collapses, an Opportunity for Russia?

By Samuel Ramani
An expansion of Russia’s diplomatic involvement could help non-Western powers expand their say over Afghanistan’s political future.

September 20, 2019

After a China-Vietnam Standoff, Expect a Turn to the US

By Christopher Sharman
Coercive Chinese tactics to settle South China Sea disputes serve as a catalyst for enhanced Vietnam-U.S. security cooperation.
September 19, 2019

Making Sense of 'Cyber-Restraint': The Australia-China Case

By Robert Farley
Why did Australia react to an apparent Chinese hack the way it did?

September 19, 2019

The US, Japan and South Korea Should Shelve GSOMIA (For Now)

By DongJoon Park
Insisting that Seoul rejoin GSOMIA may make South Korea more skeptical about Washington’s ability to arbitrate impartially.

September 19, 2019

Chinese Bombers Conduct Air Strikes During Military Exercise in Russia

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Chinese military aircraft will practice an attack on ground targets during this year’s Central-19 strategic exercise in Western Russia.

September 18, 2019

Japan Will Get F-35Bs on a Flattop With US Cooperation. Will South Korea Follow?

By Robert Farley
It remains to be seen whether South Korea will benefit from the same kind of cooperation.
September 17, 2019

China Sends Strategic Bombers, Tanks and 1,600 Troops to Russia for Large Military Drill

By Franz-Stefan Gady
China, Russia and six other countries are conducting a 5-day military exercise in western Russia and the Central Asian region.

September 15, 2019

Why China's Military Wants to Control These 2 Waterways in East Asia

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait constitute critical chokepoints for Chinese military operations both along and beyond the so-called first island chain.

September 15, 2019

South China Sea: US Navy Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Near Paracel Islands

By Ankit Panda
A U.S. Navy warship sailed near China-held features in the Paracel Islands.

September 13, 2019

US Ohio-Class Nuclear Sub Test Fires 4 Ballistic Missiles

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy conducted ballistic missile launches from a submerged submarine off the Californian coast earlier this month.

September 12, 2019

India’s Reach in Maritime Domain Awareness: A Hit or Miss for Sri Lanka?

By Natasha Fernando
Given fears of Indian hegemonic designs, Sri Lanka has been cautious in engaging India for assistance in maritime security.
September 06, 2019

Is Asia Ready for an Indo-Russian Order?

By Carl Jaison
India and Russia could generate a “third order” -- outside the constraints of either the United States or China.

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