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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.

Why Is Beijing Micromanaging Its Technology Sector?
August 02, 2021

Why Is Beijing Micromanaging Its Technology Sector?

By Robert Farley
Micromanaging a technology ecosystem is enormously complex and difficult, even for a bureaucracy the size of the Chinese government.

Britain Returns to Asia, to China’s Dismay
July 30, 2021

Britain Returns to Asia, to China’s Dismay

By Bonnie Girard
The U.K.’s naval presence in East Asia has provoked an angry response from China.
Authoritarianism Can’t Beat Climate Change 
July 30, 2021

Authoritarianism Can’t Beat Climate Change 

By Alexander Butler
If indeed there does exist a pathway out of global climate governance gridlock, the answer does not lie at the feet of authoritarian monoliths.

Japan, the US, and the Quest for Secure Supply Chains
July 30, 2021

Japan, the US, and the Quest for Secure Supply Chains

By Akihiro Furusho
Japan-U.S. cooperation is crucial for ensuring supply chain resilience and thus economic security.

US Stepping up Airstrikes This Week to Support Afghan Forces
July 29, 2021

US Stepping up Airstrikes This Week to Support Afghan Forces

By Robert Burns
The strikes, which include several conducted last week, indicate stepped up U.S. support after weeks of battlefield gains by the Taliban as U.S. troops complete their withdrawal. 

Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?
July 28, 2021

Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?

By Catherine Putz
The consensus is that negotiation is the only way out of the conflict for Afghanistan, but that only holds true if the international community is united. It’s not.

Hotels and Free Wi-Fi Are Sitting Ducks for North Korean Cybercriminals
July 27, 2021

Hotels and Free Wi-Fi Are Sitting Ducks for North Korean Cybercriminals

By Jason Bartlett
North Korea has a track record of conducting sophisticated cyberattacks from unexpected locations through highly creative means.
The Difficulty of Sino-American Economic Disentanglement
July 26, 2021

The Difficulty of Sino-American Economic Disentanglement

By Robert Farley
Disentanglement may hurt China more than the United States, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. would benefit. 

Innovation Offense vs. Defense
July 24, 2021

Innovation Offense vs. Defense

By Robert Farley
Should the U.S. focus on enhancing innovation or protecting the products of innovation from theft?

Can China’s Economy Overtake the United States?
July 23, 2021

Can China’s Economy Overtake the United States?

By Robert Farley
Chinese economic growth has been the dominant fact of 21st century international relations, and will continue to shape global politics for the rest of the century.

A Fateful Moment for the CSTO on the Afghan Border
July 19, 2021

A Fateful Moment for the CSTO on the Afghan Border

By Shuhrat Baratov
The Taliban’s recent lightning offensive in northern Afghanistan may be a litmus test for the relevance of the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization.
Russia’s Disturbing Actions on Innocent Passage in the Black Sea
July 17, 2021

Russia’s Disturbing Actions on Innocent Passage in the Black Sea

By KOTANI Tetsuo
A dangerous incident has repercussions in Asian waters.

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