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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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How Terrorists Use Cryptocurrency in Southeast Asia
June 30, 2020

How Terrorists Use Cryptocurrency in Southeast Asia

By V. Arianti and Kenneth Yeo Yaoren
The first transactions involving cryptocurrencies have been made recently by Islamic State-linked terrorist networks in the Philippines.
U.S. Navy ‘Dual Carrier Operations’ Send Message to China, Allies
June 30, 2020

U.S. Navy ‘Dual Carrier Operations’ Send Message to China, Allies

By Steven Stashwick
In rare move, twice this month two U.S. aircraft carriers operated together in Philippine Sea.

Trump Denies Knowledge of Intel Report on Russian Bounties for Killing Americans in Afghanistan
June 29, 2020

Trump Denies Knowledge of Intel Report on Russian Bounties for Killing Americans in Afghanistan

By Catherine Putz
A series of media reports, citing U.S. intelligence sources, allege that President Trump was briefed on an alleged Russian operation offering bounties for dead Americans in Afghanistan.

Taiwan President Asserts Sovereignty Over Disputed Islands Claimed by Japan and China
June 26, 2020

Taiwan President Asserts Sovereignty Over Disputed Islands Claimed by Japan and China

By Nick Aspinwall
Tsai Ing-wen reiterated Taiwan’s claim over the Diaoyutai/Senkakus after opposition politicians pushed her to respond to a Japanese move to change their administrative name.

The Sino-Indian Clash: Russia in the Middle
June 25, 2020

The Sino-Indian Clash: Russia in the Middle

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The Sino-Indian clash puts Russia in an awkward position.
Who Is Winning the US-China Power Battle?
June 24, 2020

Who Is Winning the US-China Power Battle?

By Monish Tourangbam and Anand. V
A global pandemic has, in a matter of months, changed the discourse on global order and U.S.-China great power competition.

The Uneven Effects of US Restrictive Immigration Policy for Chinese Nationals
June 23, 2020

The Uneven Effects of US Restrictive Immigration Policy for Chinese Nationals

By Robert Farley
The Trump administration’s immigration will have negative -- but uneven -- effects on both the United States and China.
The Big Lesson of the India-China Conflict: Borders Don’t Work at High Altitude
June 23, 2020

The Big Lesson of the India-China Conflict: Borders Don’t Work at High Altitude

By Ruth Gamble and Alexander Davis
The clash should call into question the necessity of territorializing these fragile and isolated environments in the first place.

Why a US-China Détente Is Coming in 2021: The COVID-19 Factor and the Turn Inward
June 19, 2020

Why a US-China Détente Is Coming in 2021: The COVID-19 Factor and the Turn Inward

By Dingding Chen
COVID-19 will cause the United States -- and its prospective partners -- to look inwards.

China Just Botched a Monumental Opportunity With the Philippines
June 18, 2020

China Just Botched a Monumental Opportunity With the Philippines

By Derek Grossman
Did China miss its shot at the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement?

The Galwan Valley India-China Skirmish Is a Gamechanger for New Delhi
June 18, 2020

The Galwan Valley India-China Skirmish Is a Gamechanger for New Delhi

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
This time around, it is probably fair to say that no “Wuhan spirit” can salvage bilateral relations.
Will American and Chinese Societies Support a New Type of Cold War?
June 18, 2020

Will American and Chinese Societies Support a New Type of Cold War?

By Matt Ferchen and Hanns W. Maull
Leaders on both sides are taking a more confrontational line, but are the people willing to go along?

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