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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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‘Choppy Waters’ Await US Navy as Virus Strikes Aircraft Carrier
March 31, 2020

‘Choppy Waters’ Await US Navy as Virus Strikes Aircraft Carrier

By Associated Press
 The U.S. Navy is scrambling to contain its first at-sea outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
North Korea Lashes out at Pompeo, With New Foreign Ministry Department
March 31, 2020

North Korea Lashes out at Pompeo, With New Foreign Ministry Department

By Ankit Panda
North Korea has threatened the United States with “payback.”

Japanese Naval Ship Involved in Collision With Chinese Fishing Vessel in East China Sea
March 31, 2020

Japanese Naval Ship Involved in Collision With Chinese Fishing Vessel in East China Sea

By Ankit Panda
The incident resulted in damage to JS Shimakaze.

COVID-19 Cases Reported on Both US Aircraft Carriers in Western Pacific
March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Reported on Both US Aircraft Carriers in Western Pacific

By Steven Stashwick
Coronavirus cases have been found on USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Ronald Reagan as well as a U.S. base in Japan.

The Islamic State’s Increasing Focus on India
March 30, 2020

The Islamic State’s Increasing Focus on India

By Saurav Sarkar
Amid religious polarization in India, Islamic State is renewing efforts to expand its presence in the country.
North Korea Conducts 4th Missile Test in March 2020
March 30, 2020

North Korea Conducts 4th Missile Test in March 2020

By Ankit Panda
Without Kim Jong Un’s apparent guidance, North Korea once again tested short-range missiles.

The China-Pakistan Nuclear Nexus: How Can India Respond?
March 27, 2020

The China-Pakistan Nuclear Nexus: How Can India Respond?

By Sanjana Gogna and Nasima Khatoon
Pakistan has been rapidly advancing its nuclear weapons capabilities with China’s help. What can India do about it?
South Korea Commemorates 10 Years Since Sinking of Cheonan
March 27, 2020

South Korea Commemorates 10 Years Since Sinking of Cheonan

By Ankit Panda
2010 marked one of the most dangerous years on the Korean Peninsula in recent history.

Going to ‘War’ Against Coronavirus
March 25, 2020

Going to ‘War’ Against Coronavirus

By Paul Kreitman
Lessons in home front mobilization from war-time East Asia.

Remembering the ‘Spanish Flu’ in Asia
March 25, 2020

Remembering the ‘Spanish Flu’ in Asia

By Robert Farley
As Asia weathers COVID-19, it's worth recalling that the 1918 influenza pandemic did not spare Asia.

As Pompeo Leaves Kabul, No Word on Political Power-Sharing Deal
March 24, 2020

As Pompeo Leaves Kabul, No Word on Political Power-Sharing Deal

By Associated Press
The U.S. had said it wouldn't get involved in the political tussle, but with a fragile peace at risk Pompeo undertook an urgent visit to Afghanistan.
Taiwan Coast Guard Reports Chinese Speed Boat Harassment Near Kinmen
March 23, 2020

Taiwan Coast Guard Reports Chinese Speed Boat Harassment Near Kinmen

By Ankit Panda
One Taiwanese coast guard cutter suffered damage in the incident.

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