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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.

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Quad Summit Indicates Growing Strength
May 26, 2022

Quad Summit Indicates Growing Strength

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The latest Quad meeting underscored continued growth, but when will the four countries seriously confront the matter of direct security cooperation?
Where Does Central Asia Fit in the Quad’s Indo-Pacific Plans?
May 25, 2022

Where Does Central Asia Fit in the Quad’s Indo-Pacific Plans?

By Kei Hakata and Brendon J. Cannon
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, it’s even more critical to advance “Indo-Pacific Plus” strategies to counter a growing Pax Eurasiana.

North Korea Launches 3 Ballistic Missiles
May 25, 2022

North Korea Launches 3 Ballistic Missiles

By Mitch Shin
Hours after U.S. President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to South Korea and Japan, North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles, including a suspected ICBM.

Philippines Establishes 3 New Coast Guard Outposts in South China Sea
May 21, 2022

Philippines Establishes 3 New Coast Guard Outposts in South China Sea

By Associated Press
The new outposts reinforce the presence of Filipino troops in the hotly contested Spratly archipelago.

Evaluating China’s ‘Space-Ground Integrated Information Network’ Project
May 21, 2022

Evaluating China’s ‘Space-Ground Integrated Information Network’ Project

By Kai Lin Tay
The high-tech mega-project is still in an early stage, but will have both economic and military implications.
India vs. China in Latin America: Competing Actors or in Separate Leagues?
May 19, 2022

India vs. China in Latin America: Competing Actors or in Separate Leagues?

By Hari Seshasayee
China’s presence in the region is on another level from India’s, yet New Delhi remains an important partner for Latin America.

Beware the Himalayan Heat: China, India, and Pakistan on the Brink
May 17, 2022

Beware the Himalayan Heat: China, India, and Pakistan on the Brink

By Daniel Markey, Andrew Scobell, Vikram Singh
Even as war in Europe grinds on, Washington should not lose sight of the frightening implications of recent developments in South Asia.
North Korea Launches 3 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Shortly After Confirming 1st COVID Case
May 12, 2022

North Korea Launches 3 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Shortly After Confirming 1st COVID Case

By Mitch Shin
Five days after test-firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile, North Korea conducted its 16th missile test this year.

The Ukraine War Might Kill China’s Nuclear No First Use Policy
May 11, 2022

The Ukraine War Might Kill China’s Nuclear No First Use Policy

By Denny Roy
Putin has used nuclear threats to prevent direct NATO intervention in the Ukraine War. Could China do the same in a Taiwan conflict?

North Korea Fires Suspected SLBM
May 09, 2022

North Korea Fires Suspected SLBM

By Mitch Shin
North Korea conducted its 15th missile test this year, believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Rebooting Talks With North Korea
May 07, 2022

Rebooting Talks With North Korea

By Mark Tokola
With new administrations in Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo, and a lack of alternative ways forward, maybe it is time to consider restarting multilateral talks – starting with the Six-Party format.
China’s Xi Proposes Global Security Initiative
May 07, 2022

China’s Xi Proposes Global Security Initiative

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Despite the hypocrisy and power politics at the foundation of the GSI, it would be foolish to dismiss it or assume that it will not garner support from other countries. 

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