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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.

China’s Emerging Subsurface Presence in the Indian Ocean
December 03, 2022

China’s Emerging Subsurface Presence in the Indian Ocean

By Prakash Pannerselvam
From manned submarines to underwater drones, China’s stepped-up deployments in the region are concerning to India.

US Dismisses China Objections to South China Sea Mission
November 30, 2022

US Dismisses China Objections to South China Sea Mission

By Associated Press
In an unusual move, the Navy's 7th Fleet issued a rebuttal to China's objections to Tuesday's mission in the South China Sea.
Japan, Quad 3.0, and the Thucydides Trap in the Indo-Pacific
November 29, 2022

Japan, Quad 3.0, and the Thucydides Trap in the Indo-Pacific

By Daisuke Akimoto
The Thucydides trap cannot be overlooked in considering Japan’s national security strategy in conjunction with the Quad as well as the Japan-U.S. alliance.

G20 Can’t Avoid the Elephant in the Room: Ukraine War
November 17, 2022

G20 Can’t Avoid the Elephant in the Room: Ukraine War

By Kamal Uddin Ahmed
Despite pleas to keep the focus on economic recovery, the war remained a major topic of discussion at the Bali Summit.

Following South Korea-US-Japan Trilateral Summit, North Korea Launches an SRBM
November 17, 2022

Following South Korea-US-Japan Trilateral Summit, North Korea Launches an SRBM

By Mitch Shin
Hours after KCNA published a belligerent statement from its foreign minister, the North launched a short-range ballistic missile toward its east coast on Thursday. 

North Korea Launches 1 Ballistic Missile
November 09, 2022

North Korea Launches 1 Ballistic Missile

By Mitch Shin
Four days after it launched four SRBMs, North Korea again fired a missile into the sea to its east.

North Korea Releases Details on ‘Corresponding’ Military Operations
November 07, 2022

North Korea Releases Details on ‘Corresponding’ Military Operations

By Mitch Shin
Pyongyang said it launched dozens of missiles and hundreds of artillery shells as corresponding military operations against the South Korea-U.S. joint military air drill.
North Korea Launches 3 SRBMs and 80 Artillery Shells
November 04, 2022

North Korea Launches 3 SRBMs and 80 Artillery Shells

By Mitch Shin
Following the South Korean and U.S. militaries’ decision to extend their joint military air drill, North Korea launched another barrage of missiles and artillery on Thursday. 

How Committed Are China and Russia to Their Strategic Partnership?
November 04, 2022

How Committed Are China and Russia to Their Strategic Partnership?

By Kevin Modlin and Zenel Garcia
Neither Beijing nor Moscow is willing to incur costs for the other; that puts clear limits their strategic partnership.

North Korea Launches Suspected Hwasong-17 ICBM
November 03, 2022

North Korea Launches Suspected Hwasong-17 ICBM

By Mitch Shin
A day after it tested more than 25 missiles, North Korea launched three ballistic missiles toward its east coast – including a likely ICBM.

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile Toward South Korean Island
November 02, 2022

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile Toward South Korean Island

By Mitch Shin
Following up on a statement from its military official, North Korea launched at least more than 25 missiles and 100 artillery shells in a day.
Russia Recruiting US-trained Afghan Commandos, Vets Say
November 01, 2022

Russia Recruiting US-trained Afghan Commandos, Vets Say

By Bernard Condon
"We didn't get these individuals out as we promised, and now it's coming home to roost," said Michael Mulroy, a retired CIA officer who served in Afghanistan.

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