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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.

Yes, Japan Will Defend Taiwan 

Yes, Japan Will Defend Taiwan 

By Ryan C. Bercaw
For Japan, peace in the Taiwan Strait is a matter of national survival. A proper discussion of Japanese intervention should thus ask “how” not “if.” 

The Indo-Pacific Could Be Within Europe’s Reach 

The Indo-Pacific Could Be Within Europe’s Reach 

By Francis Shin
The U.K.-led Joint Expeditionary Force could potentially provide a framework to grow Europe’s security presence in the Indo-Pacific. 
China Coast Guard Shadows Filipino Activists Sailing Toward Disputed Shoal

China Coast Guard Shadows Filipino Activists Sailing Toward Disputed Shoal

By Jim Gomez
About 100 Filipinos are sailing to Scarborough Shoal to assert the Philippines' sovereignty, while being trailed by at least two Chinese ships.

China and Russia Disagree on North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons

China and Russia Disagree on North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons

By Wooyeal Paik
Beijing and Moscow have different perspectives on – and different appetites for – Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

The China Coast Guard and Beijing’s Strategic Ambiguity

The China Coast Guard and Beijing’s Strategic Ambiguity

By TSURUTA Jun
Chinese law is creating ambiguity at sea. Other coastal states need to respond.

The Squad: Adding an ‘S’ for Security

The Squad: Adding an ‘S’ for Security

By Oorja Tapan
The Philippines is not replacing India in the Quad, but India’s hesitancy on the security agenda in the region in hopes of not triggering China dilutes the Quad’s focus.

25 Years Later: How a US Stealth Bomber Strike on China’s Belgrade Embassy Shook the World

25 Years Later: How a US Stealth Bomber Strike on China’s Belgrade Embassy Shook the World

By A. B. Abrams
The strike symbolized the height of the unipolar moment of the post-Cold War era – and forced potential U.S. adversaries to shore up their defenses.
Russia Defends Veto of UN Resolution to Prohibit Nukes in Outer Space

Russia Defends Veto of UN Resolution to Prohibit Nukes in Outer Space

By Edith M. Lederer
Instead, Russia urged the U.S., Japan, and their Western allies to vote to ban all weapons in space.

US and Philippine Forces Stage Combat Drills Near Strategic Bashi Channel off Southern Taiwan

US and Philippine Forces Stage Combat Drills Near Strategic Bashi Channel off Southern Taiwan

By Jim Gomez and Aaron Favila
This year’s Balikatan exercises focus on territorial defense in two of the most sensitive fault lines in the China-U.S. rivalry: the disputed South China Sea and the Bashi Channel.

The Data Arms Race in China-US Technological Competition

The Data Arms Race in China-US Technological Competition

By Sunny Cheung
The restrictive strategies adopted by both nations are setting precedents for data governance, cybersecurity, and international trade protocols in the digital age.

What a Rising India and a New Japan Could Mean for the Indo-Pacific

What a Rising India and a New Japan Could Mean for the Indo-Pacific

By Anuraag Khaund
As the Japan-U.S. relationship continues to evolve, there emerge distinct synergies between U.S.-Japan and India-Japan initiatives. 
Europe and Deterrence in East Asia

Europe and Deterrence in East Asia

By Frans-Paul van der Putten
In order to help prevent a crisis, the EU needs to support the status quo not only between China and Taiwan, but also between China and the United States.

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