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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 Ambitious ‘5G-A’ Plans in Tibet: Strategic Implications for India

China’s Ambitious ‘5G-A’ Plans in Tibet: Strategic Implications for India

By Tenzin Younten
China’s expansion of the “low-altitude economy” with cutting-edge tech has deep implications for its surveillance capabilities along the disputed border.

Rethinking the South China Sea in Indian Maritime Security Strategy

Rethinking the South China Sea in Indian Maritime Security Strategy

By Araudra Singh
New Delhi's strategic and economic interests in the region will only grow, but there are high barriers to increasing the Indian Navy's role in the South China Sea.
There Is No ‘Secret Agreement’ Between China and the Philippines on Second Thomas Shoal

There Is No ‘Secret Agreement’ Between China and the Philippines on Second Thomas Shoal

By Christian Schultheiss
The diplomatic charade masks the key question: Would China refrain from seizing Second Thomas Shoal if the Philippines was forced to withdraw?

China and Equatorial Guinea: Why Their New ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ Matters

China and Equatorial Guinea: Why Their New ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ Matters

By Ovigwe Eguegu
Is Beijing’s rumored plan for a base in the African country moving closer to fruition?

What to Make of Biden’s Latest Promise to Defend Taiwan

What to Make of Biden’s Latest Promise to Defend Taiwan

By Dean P. Chen
A range of intertwined international and domestic factors are driving Washington’s current policy toward the Taiwan Strait. 

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

China-India Name War Intensifies in the Himalayas

China-India Name War Intensifies in the Himalayas

By Subir Bhaumik and Pratyusha Mukherjee
New Delhi’s plan to rename sites in Tibet – a response to China’s own renaming blitz in Arunachal Pradesh – is “tantamount to India reopening the Tibetan question.”

Zelenskyy Finally Calls out China’s Role in Russia’s War on Ukraine

Zelenskyy Finally Calls out China’s Role in Russia’s War on Ukraine

By Rakshith Shetty
Zelenskyy’s unusually direct comments in Singapore marked a significant shift in Kyiv’s stance and a long-overdue reckoning with China's role in the war. 
In the New Cold War, Europe’s Approach to China Is Already Outdated

In the New Cold War, Europe’s Approach to China Is Already Outdated

By Maximilian Mayer and Emilian Kavalski
The hope that Beijing would distance itself, however minimally, from Moscow has finally been extinguished. Europe needs to adjust its approach accordingly.

Top US and Chinese Defense Officials Seek to Restore Communications as Tensions Rise in Indo-Pacific

Top US and Chinese Defense Officials Seek to Restore Communications as Tensions Rise in Indo-Pacific

By David Rising
A closed-door meeting Friday was the first in person contact between the top Chinese and U.S. defense officials since 2022.

The Challenges of a North Korea Breakthrough

The Challenges of a North Korea Breakthrough

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
Reaching an agreement with Pyongyang is hard enough; implementing it would be even tougher.

How Will the Lai Government Handle Taiwan’s Maritime Disputes?

How Will the Lai Government Handle Taiwan’s Maritime Disputes?

By Brandon Tran
Like Beijing, Taipei officially maintains claims over islands in the East and South China Seas disputed with Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
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. 

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