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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.

US Congressman ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Ongoing India-China Crisis
September 18, 2020

US Congressman ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Ongoing India-China Crisis

By Abhijnan Rej
The United States and India are in touch about the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh.

US Defense Secretary’s Recent Speech: Familiar Themes and Unfamiliar Problems
September 18, 2020

US Defense Secretary’s Recent Speech: Familiar Themes and Unfamiliar Problems

By Abhijnan Rej
The Trump administration’s strategy for the Indo-Pacific could end up working in unpredictable ways for the U.S.
Rise of the Minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia Trilateral
September 17, 2020

Rise of the Minilaterals: Examining the India-France-Australia Trilateral

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The India-France-Australia trilateral is only the latest of the many minilaterals that are taking shape in the Indo-Pacific region.

Germany’s Indo-Pacific Vision: A New Reckoning With China or More Strategic Drift?
September 15, 2020

Germany’s Indo-Pacific Vision: A New Reckoning With China or More Strategic Drift?

By Coby Goldberg
Like Monday’s summit, Berlin’s regional strategy tinkers around the edges of trade policy without risking the cost of a full-fledged strategic reckoning with China.

Indian Defense Minister Blames China for Ongoing Crisis, Suggesting India’s Military Option Remains Open
September 15, 2020

Indian Defense Minister Blames China for Ongoing Crisis, Suggesting India’s Military Option Remains Open

By Abhijnan Rej
Rajnath Singh’s statement before the Indian Parliament stood out for its blunt tone.

Too Old to Fight? Will Demographic Shifts Alter Asia’s Geostrategic Landscape? 
September 14, 2020

Too Old to Fight? Will Demographic Shifts Alter Asia’s Geostrategic Landscape? 

By Robert Farley
The demographic situation in the Asia-Pacific is quite unlike that of any other epoch of geostrategic competition.

What Can India Bring to the Table as Great Power Competition Heats Up the Arctic?
September 14, 2020

What Can India Bring to the Table as Great Power Competition Heats Up the Arctic?

By Shishir Rao
India has attempted to enter the Arctic’s contested geopolitical environment despite constraints arising from geographical distance and limited material power.
China Has Built a Massive Global Database for Hybrid Warfare, International Media Reports
September 14, 2020

China Has Built a Massive Global Database for Hybrid Warfare, International Media Reports

By Abhijnan Rej
The revelations that Chinese tech firm Zhenhua has built a database of 2.4 million individuals for intelligence operations are significant though unsurprising.

The End of Strategic Ambiguity in the Taiwan Strait
September 13, 2020

The End of Strategic Ambiguity in the Taiwan Strait

By Eric Chan
The collapse of confidence in long-term advantage means the era of strategic ambiguity is over.

Indian and Chinese Foreign Ministers Fail to Achieve Breakthrough in Ladakh Crisis
September 11, 2020

Indian and Chinese Foreign Ministers Fail to Achieve Breakthrough in Ladakh Crisis

By Abhijnan Rej
The joint statement after the Moscow meeting on September 10 shows modest positive gains for India.

How Is the SCO’s ‘Shanghai Spirit’ Faring in 2020?
September 11, 2020

How Is the SCO’s ‘Shanghai Spirit’ Faring in 2020?

By Catherine Putz
With India-China tensions at a boil, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s foreign ministers are gathering in Moscow.
US-China Techno-Nationalism and the Decoupling of Innovation
September 10, 2020

US-China Techno-Nationalism and the Decoupling of Innovation

By Alex Capri
As the U.S.-China rivalry spreads into the technology sector, it threatens to change the way centers of innovation can operate.

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