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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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Russian Su-24 Makes Pass at US Warship in the Black Sea
April 16, 2014

Russian Su-24 Makes Pass at US Warship in the Black Sea

By Ankit Panda
A Russian Su-24 flew 12 passes over the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea.
Military Transparency Is Overrated
April 16, 2014

Military Transparency Is Overrated

By Dingding Chen
China has good reasons to remain secretive about its military.

US to Help Taiwan Build Attack Submarines
April 15, 2014

US to Help Taiwan Build Attack Submarines

By Zachary Keck
Taiwan’s defense chief has confirmed that Washington will help Taipei build diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK).

US Drives Down Global Defense Spending
April 15, 2014

US Drives Down Global Defense Spending

By Zachary Keck
The countries with the 15 largest military budgets in 2013 accounted for a whopping 79 percent of global defense spending.

No, India Won't Abandon Its No First-Use Nuclear Doctrine
April 15, 2014

No, India Won't Abandon Its No First-Use Nuclear Doctrine

By Ankit Panda
The BJP will not abandon India's no first-use (NFU) nuclear doctrine.
China Expands Cyber Spying
April 12, 2014

China Expands Cyber Spying

By Zachary Keck
Mandiant’s latest report concludes Chinese cyber espionage has expanded despite embarrassing public exposures.

Philippines, United States Agree on New Security Accord
April 12, 2014

Philippines, United States Agree on New Security Accord

By Ankit Panda
The agreement will be signed by President Obama when he visits the Philippines later this month.
South Korea, United States Hold Largest Ever Joint Air Drill
April 11, 2014

South Korea, United States Hold Largest Ever Joint Air Drill

By Ankit Panda
Plus, China's new Shenyang J-15 jet makes an appearance, and the U.S. Air Force's A-10 gets ready to retire.

US-ASEAN Defense Ministers Meet in Hawaii
April 11, 2014

US-ASEAN Defense Ministers Meet in Hawaii

By Carl Thayer
The meeting marks the first time ASEAN ministers have met in the United States.

Sunflowers End Occupation of Taiwan’s Legislature
April 11, 2014

Sunflowers End Occupation of Taiwan’s Legislature

By J. Michael Cole
J. Michael Cole reports from Taipei for The Diplomat.

US Promises Increase in Military Aid to Mongolia
April 11, 2014

US Promises Increase in Military Aid to Mongolia

By Shannon Tiezzi
During his stopover in Mongolia, Secretary Hagel promised increased US military aid and training to Mongolia.
Putin Approves Sale of S-400 to China
April 11, 2014

Putin Approves Sale of S-400 to China

By Zachary Keck
The advanced air and missile defense system will strengthen China vis-à-vis Taiwan, Japan and India.

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