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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 Navy Official Apologizes for Calling Fired Captain ‘Stupid’
April 07, 2020

US Navy Official Apologizes for Calling Fired Captain ‘Stupid’

By Associated Press
Thomas Modly was forced to apologize after a broadside against the fired commander of a coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier.

China Takes Aim at Calls for Taiwanese Membership of WHO in India
April 07, 2020

China Takes Aim at Calls for Taiwanese Membership of WHO in India

By Ankit Panda
The contrasts between China and Taiwan are becoming more apparent during this pandemic.
South China Sea: US State Department Criticizes China for Reported Ramming, Sinking of Vietnamese Fishing Boat
April 07, 2020

South China Sea: US State Department Criticizes China for Reported Ramming, Sinking of Vietnamese Fishing Boat

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. State Department said it was “seriously concerned” by the incident.

Taliban Warn Peace Deal With US Near Breaking Point
April 07, 2020

Taliban Warn Peace Deal With US Near Breaking Point

By Associated Press
A Taliban statement warned of more violence if the U.S. and Afghan government continue alleged violations of the Feb. 29 deal.

South China Sea and the Coronavirus: New Vietnam-China Incident Spotlights Old Realities
April 06, 2020

South China Sea and the Coronavirus: New Vietnam-China Incident Spotlights Old Realities

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The sinking of a Vietnamese vessel last week is a tangible remainder of the need to pay attention to the South China Sea flashpoint even amid the focus on COVID-19.

How the Vietnam War Fused the Modern American Right
April 06, 2020

How the Vietnam War Fused the Modern American Right

By Robert Farley
The domestic political effects of the Vietnam War have been far-reaching.

France’s Innovative Maritime Security Engagement in the Indo-Pacific
April 03, 2020

France’s Innovative Maritime Security Engagement in the Indo-Pacific

By Nicolas Regaud
With a wide range of activities and capabilities, France is making contributions to maritime security throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
US Navy Fires Captain Who Sought Help for Virus-Stricken Ship
April 03, 2020

US Navy Fires Captain Who Sought Help for Virus-Stricken Ship

By Associated Press
The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was fired by Navy leaders.

Nearly 3,000 Sailors to Leave US Navy Carrier Amid Virus Outbreak
April 03, 2020

Nearly 3,000 Sailors to Leave US Navy Carrier Amid Virus Outbreak

By Associated Press
Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday, according to U.S. Navy officials.

US Aircraft Carrier Captain Seeks Crew Isolation as Virus Spreads
April 01, 2020

US Aircraft Carrier Captain Seeks Crew Isolation as Virus Spreads

By Associated Press
The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt is asking for permission to isolate the bulk of his roughly 5,000 crew members on shore.

‘Choppy Waters’ Await US Navy as Virus Strikes Aircraft Carrier
March 31, 2020

‘Choppy Waters’ Await US Navy as Virus Strikes Aircraft Carrier

By Associated Press
 The U.S. Navy is scrambling to contain its first at-sea outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
North Korea Lashes out at Pompeo, With New Foreign Ministry Department
March 31, 2020

North Korea Lashes out at Pompeo, With New Foreign Ministry Department

By Ankit Panda
North Korea has threatened the United States with “payback.”

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