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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.

Equipping the Japan-US Alliance to Handle China’s Disinformation Operations

Equipping the Japan-US Alliance to Handle China’s Disinformation Operations

By Jeffrey W. Hornung and Mina Pollmann
While much of the recent analytical focus has been on its role in a crisis, disinformation can have pernicious, real-world effects in peacetime. 

Securing Submarine Cables: A Critical Imperative for Indo-Pacific Stability

Securing Submarine Cables: A Critical Imperative for Indo-Pacific Stability

By Jihoon Yu
Submarine cables are the unsung heroes of the digital age, enabling the connectivity that drives economic growth and societal development.
Can China and the US Find Common Ground on Military Use of AI?

Can China and the US Find Common Ground on Military Use of AI?

By Mathew Jie Sheng Yeo and Hyeyoon Jeong
Entrusting AI with the autonomy and power to deploy nuclear weapons is a scenario to be avoided at all costs. Time to take baby steps toward that goal.

Delayed US Arms Transfers to Taiwan: Déjà Vu?

Delayed US Arms Transfers to Taiwan: Déjà Vu?

By Jung-Ming Chang and Che-Jen Wang
The situation recalls the early 1950s, when U.S. arms sales to Taiwan were delayed by other priorities. Unfortunately, Taiwan’s need is much greater today.

India’s Arm Sales to Israel During a War Are a Political Statement

India’s Arm Sales to Israel During a War Are a Political Statement

By Omair Anas
India must seek a broader regional engagement beyond bilateral immediacies in the Middle East.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Japan Warms up to NATO 

Japan Warms up to NATO 

By Yukari Easton
Nothing can substitute Japan’s collective defense with the United States, but working with a multilateral bloc such as NATO is an important effort to bolster deterrence. 

The Folly of Interlinking NATO and US Asian Alliances

The Folly of Interlinking NATO and US Asian Alliances

By James Park and Artin DerSimonian
NATO’s drift into the Asia-Pacific could only heighten tensions in an already fraught regional environment. 
Putin Hosts India’s Modi to Deepen Ties, but Ukraine Looms Over Their Relationship

Putin Hosts India’s Modi to Deepen Ties, but Ukraine Looms Over Their Relationship

By Emma Burrows and Krutika Pathi
India has avoided condemning Russia while emphasizing the need for a peaceful settlement to the conflict. 

Japan and the Philippines Sign Defense Pact in the Face of Shared Alarm Over China

Japan and the Philippines Sign Defense Pact in the Face of Shared Alarm Over China

By Jim Gomez and Haruka Nuga
The Reciprocal Access Agreement allows Filipino and Japanese forces to enter the other’s territory for joint drills.

Why the Sino-Russian Partnership is a Nightmare for NATO

Why the Sino-Russian Partnership is a Nightmare for NATO

By Davide Borsani
The Sino-Russian strategic relationship partly led to NATO's creation, but Western leaders should avoid conflating ideological issues with strategic problems.

The Fallout of Russia’s Veto and Putin’s North Korea Visit 

The Fallout of Russia’s Veto and Putin’s North Korea Visit 

By Austin Wyatt
The impact of the fall of the UN Panel of Experts and how Australia should respond to Russia’s increasing closeness to North Korea.
Taiwan Says It Was Warned by China Not to Interfere in the Detention of Taiwanese Boat Crew

Taiwan Says It Was Warned by China Not to Interfere in the Detention of Taiwanese Boat Crew

By Christopher Bodeen
A fishing boat and its crew members were taken from waters off the Taiwanese-controlled island of Kinmen just off the Chinese coast on Tuesday night.

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