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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.

What’s Behind the Latest India-China Border Tensions?
May 30, 2020

What’s Behind the Latest India-China Border Tensions?

By Associated Press
What’s driving tensions between Asia‘s two giants?

What Do Taiwan’s People Think About Their Relationship to China?
May 29, 2020

What Do Taiwan’s People Think About Their Relationship to China?

By Fang-Yu Chen, Austin Wang, Charles K.S. Wu, and Yao-Yuan Yeh
A new survey delves more deeply into Taiwanese public opinion toward the ROC, China, and the nation’s future.
Implications of the US Withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty
May 29, 2020

Implications of the US Withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
It is difficult to say what the future of arms control might be given the increasingly contentious nature of major power relations.

Flashpoints on the Periphery: Understanding China’s Neighborhood Opportunism
May 28, 2020

Flashpoints on the Periphery: Understanding China’s Neighborhood Opportunism

By Suyash Desai
How is China taking advantage of the pandemic to pursue its foreign policy goals?

China Calls Charges of Pandemic Opportunism in South China Sea ‘Sheer Nonsense’
May 27, 2020

China Calls Charges of Pandemic Opportunism in South China Sea ‘Sheer Nonsense’

By Ankit Panda
Have China’s ways in the South China Sea changed at all?

Afghan Government to Free 900 Prisoners; Taliban May Extend Truce
May 26, 2020

Afghan Government to Free 900 Prisoners; Taliban May Extend Truce

By Associated Press
There are hopes that the prisoner release could lead to new reductions in violence.

It Is Time for Space Governance Talks
May 21, 2020

It Is Time for Space Governance Talks

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The window of opportunity for such talks is shrinking, and delay could see space emerge as an active domain for conflict.
Assessing China’s Assertiveness at Commodore Reef
May 18, 2020

Assessing China’s Assertiveness at Commodore Reef

By Christian Vicedo
Implications for the future of international law and good order at sea in the South China Sea.

Fistfighting in the Himalayas: India and China Go Another Round
May 15, 2020

Fistfighting in the Himalayas: India and China Go Another Round

By Jeff Smith
The Indo-Chinese borderlands are rumbling again.

India’s Defense Chief Opposes Aircraft Carrier Plans
May 14, 2020

India’s Defense Chief Opposes Aircraft Carrier Plans

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
CDS General Bipin Rawat reiterated doubts about acquiring a third carrier in a recent interview.

COVID-19 Could Spark a New Era of Piracy in Southeast Asia
May 13, 2020

COVID-19 Could Spark a New Era of Piracy in Southeast Asia

By Drake Long
Amid the impending economic disaster from the pandemic, increased crime in Southeast Asian seas is inevitable.
Why China’s Technology Theft Poses a Bigger Challenge Than That of the Soviet Union
May 13, 2020

Why China’s Technology Theft Poses a Bigger Challenge Than That of the Soviet Union

By Robert Farley
China can better incorporate what it takes to “catch up.”

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