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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 defence and security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

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2 Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct Night Flight Over Indian Ocean
October 27, 2019

2 Russian Strategic Bombers Conduct Night Flight Over Indian Ocean

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The two nuclear-capable aircraft were en route to South Africa as part of an effort to deepen military ties between the Russian and South African air forces.
The Battle of Leyte Gulf’s Limited Tactical Legacy
October 25, 2019

The Battle of Leyte Gulf’s Limited Tactical Legacy

By Robert Farley
What lessons do we take from the Battle of Leyte Gulf?

Russia’s Northern Sea Route Faces Setbacks, Low Interest
October 24, 2019

Russia’s Northern Sea Route Faces Setbacks, Low Interest

By Steven Stashwick
Despite warming Arctic, competition among great powers remains cool.

Leyte Gulf: Lost in History?
October 23, 2019

Leyte Gulf: Lost in History?

By Robert Farley
The greatest naval battle of the modern era is under-remembered.

South Korea Scrambles Fighter Jets Against Russian Bombers
October 22, 2019

South Korea Scrambles Fighter Jets Against Russian Bombers

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Six Russian military aircraft were reportedly intercepted by South Korean fighter jets after they reportedly entered South Korea’s air space identification zone.
How a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan Could Destabilize Japan
October 22, 2019

How a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan Could Destabilize Japan

By Travis Sanderson
In the event of an invasion, Taiwanese with the financial resources to do so would likely flee to Japan. Is Tokyo ready?

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Calls for Navy Upgrades Amid Growing Tensions in the South China Sea
October 21, 2019

Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Calls for Navy Upgrades Amid Growing Tensions in the South China Sea

By Marcus Tantau
Could Malaysia’s South China Sea policy be shifting?
Turkey and Asia Anew: A Foreign Policy Initiative in Passing 
October 18, 2019

Turkey and Asia Anew: A Foreign Policy Initiative in Passing 

By Ümit Alperen and Eyüp Ersoy
There are favorable conditions and arguments for Turkey to advance relations with Asia, if Ankara can overcome some existing roadblocks.

Kim Jong Un’s Horseback Stunt Is No Laughing Matter
October 17, 2019

Kim Jong Un’s Horseback Stunt Is No Laughing Matter

By Ankit Panda
Kim Jong Un's latest photo-op might inspire laughs, but it's an important sign.

Following North Korean SLBM Test, Japan Conducts Missile Interceptor Drill in Tokyo
October 10, 2019

Following North Korean SLBM Test, Japan Conducts Missile Interceptor Drill in Tokyo

By Ankit Panda
The test was the first of its kind in six years.

European States on UN Security Council Issue Statement on North Korean Missile Tests
October 09, 2019

European States on UN Security Council Issue Statement on North Korean Missile Tests

By Ankit Panda
The statement followed North Korea’s launch of the Pukguksong-3 submarine-launched ballistic missile.
Sea of Japan Collision Incident Highlights North Korean Illegal Fishing Activities
October 08, 2019

Sea of Japan Collision Incident Highlights North Korean Illegal Fishing Activities

By Ankit Panda
A collision between a Japanese patrol boat and a North Korean fishing trawler highlights the risks.

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