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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.

China Warns Vietnam to Not ‘Complicate’ South China Sea Dispute By Seeking Legal Arbitration
November 09, 2019

China Warns Vietnam to Not ‘Complicate’ South China Sea Dispute By Seeking Legal Arbitration

By Ankit Panda
Beijing warned Hanoi to not “complicate matters.”

Is India Ready to the Play the Role in Asian Geopolitics That the US Has Long Sought?
November 08, 2019

Is India Ready to the Play the Role in Asian Geopolitics That the US Has Long Sought?

By Robert Farley
In what ways will India's capabilities benefit the strategic interests of the United States and its allies and partners?
How Ulysses S. Grant Helped Solidify the American Position in East Asia
November 07, 2019

How Ulysses S. Grant Helped Solidify the American Position in East Asia

By Robert Farley
Grant's efforts may have changed the course of America's engagement with Asia.

Report: Chinese Warship Warned Commercial Vessel Away From Scarborough Shoal
November 05, 2019

Report: Chinese Warship Warned Commercial Vessel Away From Scarborough Shoal

By Ankit Panda
A late-September incident underscores threats to commercial free navigation in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.

History’s First Seaborne Airstrike Took Place in East Asia
November 02, 2019

History’s First Seaborne Airstrike Took Place in East Asia

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The world’s first naval-launched air raid took place during the siege of Tsingtao in the first year of World War I.

Security Firm Says Chinese Hackers Intercepted Text Messages
November 01, 2019

Security Firm Says Chinese Hackers Intercepted Text Messages

By Associated Press
FireEye did not specify the victims of the espionage, but said some were “high-value” targets.

Norea Korea Fires 2 Missiles in the Sea Amid Stalled Talks
October 31, 2019

Norea Korea Fires 2 Missiles in the Sea Amid Stalled Talks

By Associated Press
The launches followed statements of displeasure by top North Korean officials over the slow pace of nuclear negotiations with the United States.
Is the US Losing the Artificial Intelligence Arms Race?
October 30, 2019

Is the US Losing the Artificial Intelligence Arms Race?

By James Johnson
As Chinese and Russian technologies become more sophisticated, they threaten U.S. domination of technological innovation and development.

Indian Nuclear Power Facility Denies Unverified Reports of a Cyber Attack
October 29, 2019

Indian Nuclear Power Facility Denies Unverified Reports of a Cyber Attack

By Ankit Panda
Authorities at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant pushed back on reports of a cyber intrusion.

2 Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct Night Flight Over Indian Ocean
October 27, 2019

2 Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct Night Flight Over Indian Ocean

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The two nuclear-capable aircraft were en route to South Africa as part of an effort to deepen military ties between the Russian and South African air forces.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf’s Limited Tactical Legacy
October 25, 2019

The Battle of Leyte Gulf’s Limited Tactical Legacy

By Robert Farley
What lessons do we take from the Battle of Leyte Gulf?
Russia’s Northern Sea Route Faces Setbacks, Low Interest
October 24, 2019

Russia’s Northern Sea Route Faces Setbacks, Low Interest

By Steven Stashwick
Despite warming Arctic, competition among great powers remains cool.

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