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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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US Prompt Global Strike Missiles Prompt Russian Rail-Mounted ICBMs
December 19, 2013

US Prompt Global Strike Missiles Prompt Russian Rail-Mounted ICBMs

By Ankit Panda
Russia will move ahead with an updated rail-mounted missile system for Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles.
F-35, Osprey Enhanced by Japan’s National Security Strategy
December 18, 2013

F-35, Osprey Enhanced by Japan’s National Security Strategy

By Zachary Keck
Japan’s first national security strategy outlines goals that U.S. defense technology will be crucial for achieving.

US Warns China Against a South China Sea ADIZ
December 18, 2013

US Warns China Against a South China Sea ADIZ

By Zachary Keck
The warning was part of a broader criticism of China's actions in the South China Sea.

USS Cowpens Incident Reveals Strategic Mistrust Between U.S. and China
December 17, 2013

USS Cowpens Incident Reveals Strategic Mistrust Between U.S. and China

By Carl Thayer
The potential remains for mishaps involving naval vessels and military aircraft in the South China Sea.

Did Canada Just Claim the North Pole?
December 17, 2013

Did Canada Just Claim the North Pole?

By Ankit Panda
Canada submitted a science-based claim to a large swathe of the Arctic seabed, including the North Pole.
China’s Arunachal Pradesh Fixation
December 16, 2013

China’s Arunachal Pradesh Fixation

By Aakriti Bachhawat
China’s expanded claims and a likely change of government in India could raise tensions in a strategic region.

Jang Song Taek’s Execution: An Ominous Omen?
December 14, 2013

Jang Song Taek’s Execution: An Ominous Omen?

By Nah Liang Tuang
The execution of the second most powerful man in Pyongyang, could portend further instability on the Korean peninsula.
The Devastating Effects of Nuclear War in South Asia
December 14, 2013

The Devastating Effects of Nuclear War in South Asia

By Ankit Panda
A few security and defense links to kick off the weekend.

Taiwan Showcases AH-64E Apache Guardian Helicopters
December 14, 2013

Taiwan Showcases AH-64E Apache Guardian Helicopters

By J. Michael Cole
Taiwan received the first six of 30 Boeing AH-64E Apache “Guardian” attack helicopters ordered from the U.S.

Rationalist Explanations for War in the East China Sea
December 12, 2013

Rationalist Explanations for War in the East China Sea

By Ankit Panda
China and Japan could go to war over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, even if it meant economic ruin.

China’s Unmanned Carrier-Based J-20 is a Pipedream (For Now)
December 12, 2013

China’s Unmanned Carrier-Based J-20 is a Pipedream (For Now)

By Harry Kazianis
For years to come an unmanned, carrier-based 5th generation stealth fighter will remain a fantasy in Beijing.
Japan to Approve New China-Centric Defense Posture
December 11, 2013

Japan to Approve New China-Centric Defense Posture

By Zachary Keck
Tokyo showed reporters drafts of the new National Defense Program Guidelines and National Security Strategy.

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