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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.

India’s New Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Fails
August 13, 2022

India’s New Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Fails

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite the failure of the August 7 rocket launch, the ISRO appears to be taking a determined but prudent path for the future.

Which Asian Countries Support China in the Taiwan Strait Crisis – and Which Don’t?
August 13, 2022

Which Asian Countries Support China in the Taiwan Strait Crisis – and Which Don’t?

By Shannon Tiezzi
An analysis of foreign ministry statements from across the Asia-Pacific region reveals which countries are hewing close to China's line, which lean toward the U.S., and which are staying neutral.
How Things Could Have Gone Wrong – and Still Can – in the Taiwan Strait
August 12, 2022

How Things Could Have Gone Wrong – and Still Can – in the Taiwan Strait

By Todd Hall
China’s military drills are over, but the risk of escalation remains.

China-US Tensions a Moment of Reckoning for the Indo-Pacific Order
August 09, 2022

China-US Tensions a Moment of Reckoning for the Indo-Pacific Order

By Monish Tourangbam and Radhey Tambi
What do hard times in China-US relations portend for other stakeholders in a “free, open, inclusive and rules based” Indo-Pacific, such as India? 

China Extends Threatening Military Exercises Around Taiwan
August 09, 2022

China Extends Threatening Military Exercises Around Taiwan

By Associated Press
Exercises near Taiwan were scheduled to end on August 7, but China’s military has announced new drills for the next week.

Restraint May Be the Biden Administration’s Best Answer to the Taiwan Crisis
August 05, 2022

Restraint May Be the Biden Administration’s Best Answer to the Taiwan Crisis

By John Brake
A preoccupation with showing resolve has long been hard-wired into U.S. foreign policy. But conspicuous restraint would reinforce the United States’ position as a responsible power – and head off an escalating crisis.

China Conducts ‘Precision Missile Strikes’ in Taiwan Strait
August 04, 2022

China Conducts ‘Precision Missile Strikes’ in Taiwan Strait

By Johnson Lai and Huizhong Wu
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said it counted 11 Dongfeng missiles landing in the waters to Taiwan’s north, east, and south.
China-India Relations in a State of Limbo
August 02, 2022

China-India Relations in a State of Limbo

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Beijing’s statements on China-India relations should be reassuring, but China’s repeated aggressive moves do not give India much confidence that Beijing means what it says.

How Far Could the Quad Support Taiwan?
August 02, 2022

How Far Could the Quad Support Taiwan?

By Huynh Tam Sang and Trang Huynh Le
The Quad is supposed to help counterbalance China’s rise, but it remains unclear whether the bloc would intervene in the event of a Taiwan Strait conflict.

Beyond Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip: How Congress Is Shaping US China Policy
August 01, 2022

Beyond Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip: How Congress Is Shaping US China Policy

By Robert Sutter
The controversy over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reported visit to Taiwan has overshadowed major congressional achievements responding to multifaceted challenges posed by Chinese government behavior.

China Advances Into Bhutan’s Doklam; India Watches
July 30, 2022

China Advances Into Bhutan’s Doklam; India Watches

By Sudha Ramachandran
Has New Delhi accepted China’s advancing occupation of the Doklam plateau as a fait accompli?
Do the Taliban Have Transnational Ambitions?
July 29, 2022

Do the Taliban Have Transnational Ambitions?

By Maryam Baryalay and Abdul Mateen Imran
The Taliban’s Arabic-language manifesto provides a blueprint for establishing an Islamic Emirate that could be applied outside Afghanistan.

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