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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.

North Korea Fires Short-range Ballistic Missile Toward Its East Coast
September 26, 2022

North Korea Fires Short-range Ballistic Missile Toward Its East Coast

By Mitch Shin
A day before the South Korea-U.S. navy joint drills kick off, North Korea launched its first ballistic missile since June 5.

India and the Kindleberger Trap: Multipolarity Amid the Taiwan Crisis  
September 24, 2022

India and the Kindleberger Trap: Multipolarity Amid the Taiwan Crisis  

By Jagannath Panda
Amid the China-U.S. competition, how can India (and other middle powers) ensure the provision of global public goods?
South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Stance on North Korea’s Missile Threats
September 23, 2022

South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Stance on North Korea’s Missile Threats

By Mitch Shin
The top diplomats from the three countries met in New York on Thursday to coordinate the joint response over North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

US Moves Toward ‘Strategic Clarity’ Reveal Old Rifts in China-US Relations
September 22, 2022

US Moves Toward ‘Strategic Clarity’ Reveal Old Rifts in China-US Relations

By Kuan-Ting Chen and Joe Baldock
As President Biden doubles down on his commitment to defend Taiwan, the discrepancies between Chinese and U.S. interpretations of their foundational diplomatic policies are beginning to show.

What Does Iran’s Membership in the SCO Mean for the Region?
September 20, 2022

What Does Iran’s Membership in the SCO Mean for the Region?

By Aamna Khan
Iran is the newest member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Russia Seeks Closer Security Ties With China as Key Goal
September 19, 2022

Russia Seeks Closer Security Ties With China as Key Goal

By Vladimir Isachenkov
Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, described the "strengthening of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation with Beijing as an unconditional priority of Russia's foreign policy."

Japan Needs a Cyber Ministry: Former JGSDF Major General
September 19, 2022

Japan Needs a Cyber Ministry: Former JGSDF Major General

By Kosuke Takahashi
Tokyo needs to establish a cyber ministry to oversee and defend the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure against threats, says Major General Tanaka Tatsuhiro, a former commanding general of the GSDF’s Signal School.
Can the West Shake Its Dependence on China’s Rare Earths?
September 17, 2022

Can the West Shake Its Dependence on China’s Rare Earths?

By Barbara Kelemen and Alexander Stonor
Reliance on China’s rare earth elements sector limits the ability of the United States to punish Beijing economically should it pursue a military action against Taiwan.

Much Ado About Nothing: North Korea’s New Nuclear Law
September 13, 2022

Much Ado About Nothing: North Korea’s New Nuclear Law

By Nah Liang Tuang
Alarm over North Korea’s new law concerning its nuclear weapons policy is unwarranted, as the legislation does not significantly alter Pyongyang’s implied nuclear doctrine.

Will India and China Escape the Thucydides’ Trap?
September 12, 2022

Will India and China Escape the Thucydides’ Trap?

By Jagannath Panda
A Taiwan Strait conflict could also spark a Sino-Indian war in the Himalayas.

Taiwan Strait Crisis Strengthens US Resolve to Support Taiwan, Counter China
September 10, 2022

Taiwan Strait Crisis Strengthens US Resolve to Support Taiwan, Counter China

By Robert Sutter
The Washington Consensus remains united and the direction of U.S. policy is clear.
With New Law on Nuclear Forces Policy, North Korea Says Its Nuclear Status Is ‘Irreversible’
September 09, 2022

With New Law on Nuclear Forces Policy, North Korea Says Its Nuclear Status Is ‘Irreversible’

By Mitch Shin
A day before the 74th anniversary of the country’s founding, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to keep strengthening his nuclear power.

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