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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 defense and security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

Chinese Crew Enters New Space Station on 3-month Mission
June 17, 2021

Chinese Crew Enters New Space Station on 3-month Mission

By Sam McNeil
The mission is the third of 11 planned through next year to add the additional sections to the station and send up crews and supplies.

China’s Afghanistan Challenge and the Central Asian Dilemma 
June 16, 2021

China’s Afghanistan Challenge and the Central Asian Dilemma 

By Niva Yau and Raffaello Pantucci
None expect China to replace the United States in military terms, but Central Asia may hope Beijing plays a more substantial role in Afghanistan.
Good China-Russia Relations Are Here to Stay
June 14, 2021

Good China-Russia Relations Are Here to Stay

By Janko Šćepanović,
A Russia-U.S. détente is unlikely to happen any time soon.

The Promise and Peril of Technological Competition
June 12, 2021

The Promise and Peril of Technological Competition

By Jacob Parakilas
The Senate bill to increase U.S. technological competitiveness with China does not address the most important part of the competition to come.

With Focus on China, US Senate Passes Major Industrial Policy Bill 
June 12, 2021

With Focus on China, US Senate Passes Major Industrial Policy Bill 

By Robert Farley
If the bill ultimately passes both houses of Congress, it will represent a major shift in how the United States government manages its relations with the tech sector.

Look for an Increasingly Active Canada in the South China Sea
June 12, 2021

Look for an Increasingly Active Canada in the South China Sea

By Jacob Benjamin
A number of factors are pushing Ottawa to increase both its rhetoric about and naval presence in the disputed water.

5G and the Contested China-India Border
June 11, 2021

5G and the Contested China-India Border

By Tenzin Dalha
China’s rapid 5G build-up has come to Tibet. That will have security implications for India.
Pentagon Completes China Policy Review
June 11, 2021

Pentagon Completes China Policy Review

By Steven Stashwick
The internal assessment will inform ongoing strategy development.

Was Taiwan Ever Really a Part of China?
June 10, 2021

Was Taiwan Ever Really a Part of China?

By Evan Dawley
John Cena's apology is a good opportunity to look back at the historical reality of Taiwan's status and identity over the last 200 years.

The Artemis Accords and Global Lunar Governance 
June 07, 2021

The Artemis Accords and Global Lunar Governance 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
It would be useful to have spacefaring powers agree upon and comply with a common set of principles.

Why Vietnam Needs to Adopt a Biological Defense Strategy
June 07, 2021

Why Vietnam Needs to Adopt a Biological Defense Strategy

By Phuong Pham
Despite its initial success, COVID-19 has revealed Vietnam's lack of preparedness for biological threats.
The Security Challenges Facing Indonesia’s Submarine Cable Communication System
June 04, 2021

The Security Challenges Facing Indonesia’s Submarine Cable Communication System

By Dedi Dinarto
Indonesia’s telecommunications infrastructure is central to its management of the maritime domain.

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