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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.

Afghanistan’s Taliban, Myanmar’s Tatmadaw Denied UN Seats, For Now
December 03, 2021

Afghanistan’s Taliban, Myanmar’s Tatmadaw Denied UN Seats, For Now

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban and the junta in Myanmar will remain outside the halls of the United Nations for now.

Is China Stacking the Technology Deck by Setting International Standards?
December 02, 2021

Is China Stacking the Technology Deck by Setting International Standards?

By Danny Russel and Blake Berger
Though often overshadowed by China’s advances in technology, the state-directed strategy to set technological standards will have a lasting impact.
Even Duterte Can’t Get Around the Thorn in China-Philippine Relations
December 01, 2021

Even Duterte Can’t Get Around the Thorn in China-Philippine Relations

By Bonnie Girard
The South China Sea continues to be a perennial flashpoint, despite Duterte's best efforts to keep relations on an even keel.

Nuclear Proliferation Concerns in East Asia: Beyond North Korea
November 26, 2021

Nuclear Proliferation Concerns in East Asia: Beyond North Korea

By Hart Rapaport
The nuclear situation in East Asia is more nuanced than the actions of a single nation. 

Changing the Discourse on China’s Taiwan Policy
November 23, 2021

Changing the Discourse on China’s Taiwan Policy

By KAWASHIMA Shin
There has been much talk of an invasion. Time for a closer look.

Why Africa Should Be Concerned With Increasing Tensions in the East and South China Sea
November 20, 2021

Why Africa Should Be Concerned With Increasing Tensions in the East and South China Sea

By Tola Amusan
For African countries, tension and instability in East Asia might seem far away, but its potential to adversely affect African development ambitions is real.

Russian ASAT Test Highlights Urgent Need for Space Governance Negotiations
November 19, 2021

Russian ASAT Test Highlights Urgent Need for Space Governance Negotiations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The absence of earnest multilateral discussions could send more states down the path of space weaponization, making access to space increasingly tricky.
China Coast Guard Uses Water Cannon Against Philippine Boats
November 18, 2021

China Coast Guard Uses Water Cannon Against Philippine Boats

By Jim Gomez
Two Philippine ships headed for Second Thomas Shoal with food supplies for the Filipino forces there were blasted with water by Chinese coast guard vessels.

China and Russia Cooperate on Rival to GPS
November 18, 2021

China and Russia Cooperate on Rival to GPS

By Emily Young Carr
Integration between China and Russia’s satellite networks will have major implications for the United States.

Can a Military Be Both Accountable and Environmental?
November 16, 2021

Can a Military Be Both Accountable and Environmental?

By Jacob Parakilas
Militaries can be made greener or they can have more human control. They probably can’t be both.

Did China Create New Facts on the Ground Along the LAC With India?
November 12, 2021

Did China Create New Facts on the Ground Along the LAC With India?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Sometime in 2020, China began building a village in territory disputed with India.
China Snubs India, Backs Pakistan in Dueling Afghanistan Meetings
November 11, 2021

China Snubs India, Backs Pakistan in Dueling Afghanistan Meetings

By Shannon Tiezzi
China bowed out of security talks on Afghan in New Delhi, but will join a similar meeting in Pakistan held the next day.

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