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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.

Has Russia Wrecked American ‘G-2’ Plans?
January 29, 2022

Has Russia Wrecked American ‘G-2’ Plans?

By Shrey Khanna and Aditya Pareek
In the mindscape of the U.S. strategic community, China now enjoys the position which the Soviet Union had during the Cold War. Moscow is keen to disrupt that emerging bipolar order.

India’s Semiconductor Pursuit
January 28, 2022

India’s Semiconductor Pursuit

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
New Delhi is clearly making a push to expand its capabilities in the critical semiconductor industry.
North Korea Conducts Its Sixth Round of Missile Tests This Month
January 27, 2022

North Korea Conducts Its Sixth Round of Missile Tests This Month

By Mitch Shin
Is North Korea trying to draw attention from the U.S. by testing missiles? 

North Korea’s Missile Tests: Biden’s Options
January 21, 2022

North Korea’s Missile Tests: Biden’s Options

By Eric Gomez
Since the collapse of the U.S.-North Korea summit at Hanoi in February 2019, North Korea and the United States have been locked in a diplomatic impasse. 

How North Korea Might Exploit New Video Games for Crypto
January 21, 2022

How North Korea Might Exploit New Video Games for Crypto

By Jason Bartlett
North Korean hackers are likely to include new play-to-earn (P2E) crypto games within their illicit cyber-enabled financial schemes.

The China-US Space Race Is a Myth
January 19, 2022

The China-US Space Race Is a Myth

By Kelly A. Grieco
The United States is not falling behind China in space – quite the contrary.

After Denouncing New US Sanctions, North Korea Fires 2 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles
January 14, 2022

After Denouncing New US Sanctions, North Korea Fires 2 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles

By Mitch Shin
After the U.S. imposed sanctions on six North Korean individuals in the wake of the recent missile launches, Pyongyang launched two short-range ballistic missiles eastward.
No Progress in China-India Military Talks
January 14, 2022

No Progress in China-India Military Talks

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A 14th round of military talks ended with a joint statement but no real progress.

US State Department Study Dismisses China’s ‘Unlawful Maritime Claims’ in South China Sea
January 14, 2022

US State Department Study Dismisses China’s ‘Unlawful Maritime Claims’ in South China Sea

By Shannon Tiezzi
The study examined the legal case for China’s South China Sea claims and found it wanting.

Making ‘Quad Plus’ a Reality
January 13, 2022

Making ‘Quad Plus’ a Reality

By Jagannath Panda
Japan’s hosting of the Quad summit this year is the perfect opportunity to bring other partners on board. But how?

North Korea Fires ‘Apparent’ Hypersonic Missile Off Its East Coast
January 11, 2022

North Korea Fires ‘Apparent’ Hypersonic Missile Off Its East Coast

By Mitch Shin
North Korea conducted a hypersonic missile test again on Tuesday, six days after it test-fired its second hypersonic missile.
China and Russia Both Benefit From the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan
January 11, 2022

China and Russia Both Benefit From the CSTO Intervention in Kazakhstan

By Luke Botting
Far from causing friction, Russia’s intervention in Kazakhstan shows the durability of the Sino-Russian relationship.

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