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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.

North Korea Reaffirms ‘Nuke for Nuke’ Stance Against US
February 02, 2023

North Korea Reaffirms ‘Nuke for Nuke’ Stance Against US

By Mitch Shin
Two days after the U.S. defense secretary’s visit to Seoul, the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson published a statement to denounce Washington’s moves.

Perception of Corruption Stagnates Across Asia
January 31, 2023

Perception of Corruption Stagnates Across Asia

By Catherine Putz
Governments in Asia are perceived to be as corrupt as ever.
How China Uses Geoengineering to Pursue a Hybrid Warfare Strategy
January 31, 2023

How China Uses Geoengineering to Pursue a Hybrid Warfare Strategy

By Kunal Sharma
China's growing ability to alter and manipulate the physical environment could help advance its geopolitical ambitions.

Why Is North Korea Supporting Russia on Ukraine?
January 30, 2023

Why Is North Korea Supporting Russia on Ukraine?

By Mitch Shin
In her latest statement, Kim Yo Jong blamed the United States for “escalating the war” by sending tanks to Ukraine.  

China’s Navy, the West Pacific and the Role of Okinotorishima
January 30, 2023

China’s Navy, the West Pacific and the Role of Okinotorishima

By TSURUTA Jun

Diversification Isn’t Enough to Cure Europe’s Economic Dependence on China
January 27, 2023

Diversification Isn’t Enough to Cure Europe’s Economic Dependence on China

By Francesca Ghiretti and Hanns W. Maull
In wrestling with its economic vulnerability to China, the EU is betting on diversification to solve its problems. It’s not the panacea it is made out to be.

Where Does South Asia Fit Now in US Security and Defense Strategies?
January 26, 2023

Where Does South Asia Fit Now in US Security and Defense Strategies?

By Monish Tourangbam and Vasu Sharma
A changing geopolitical landscape requires the U.S. to re-evaluate its South Asia policy and how it positions the region within its larger strategic calculus. 
Is South Korea Considering Nuclear Weapons? 
January 23, 2023

Is South Korea Considering Nuclear Weapons? 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Whether South Korea builds a nuclear bomb on its own or not, nuclear weapons are gaining greater importance in the national security thinking of many states in the Indo-Pacific. 

The True Significance of the China-India Yangtse Clash 
January 21, 2023

The True Significance of the China-India Yangtse Clash 

By Ivan Lidarev
The clash in late 2022 revealed much about the future direction of Sino-Indian relations.

10 Reasons Xi Won’t Attack Taiwan Anytime Soon  
January 20, 2023

10 Reasons Xi Won’t Attack Taiwan Anytime Soon  

By Hemant Adlakha
Yes, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has ambitions for absorbing Taiwan. But so did all his predecessors. 

Space Is Going Commercial in Asia, but There’s a Rocky Road Ahead
January 20, 2023

Space Is Going Commercial in Asia, but There’s a Rocky Road Ahead

By Arpit Raswant , Jiye Kim, and Tim Mahlberg
Space commercialization is creating opportunities for businesses, headaches for governments, and confusion for Asia-Pacific consumers.
Russia’s Irrational War in Ukraine Should Be a Warning for Predicting China’s Behavior 
January 19, 2023

Russia’s Irrational War in Ukraine Should Be a Warning for Predicting China’s Behavior 

By Jan Švec
Many of the factors that led to Putin’s disastrous decision are also present in China’s authoritarian system.

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