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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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November 12, 2013

The Battle for the Senkakus Moves to the Skies

Rather than engage in aerial brinksmanship, Japan and China would do well to keep this conflict grounded.

November 09, 2013

How 'Fat Leonard' Scammed the US Navy

Glenn Francis Leonard recruited US Naval officers as moles.

November 09, 2013

Air-Sea Battle: A Dangerous, Unaffordable Threat

ASB will heighten US-China tensions and increase the likelihood of a conflict. The U.S. can’t afford it.

November 08, 2013

India To Upgrade Submarine Capabilities

“The Indian Navy is on its way to developing a modernized and expanded submarine force.”

November 07, 2013

What’s So New About America’s New Aircraft Carriers?

Although the Ford-Class Carrier has transformational potential, it’s not as innovative as its predecessor was.

November 07, 2013

South Korea Hones Its Amphibious Assault Capabilities

South Korea launched a major amphibious assault military drill on Wednesday.

November 07, 2013

How Fake Missiles Pose Real Threats

Experts say that North Korea’s missile mock-ups are advancing rapidly. The US and its allies should be alarmed.

November 06, 2013

Vietnam Gradually Warms Up to US Military

The gradual evolution of U.S.-Vietnamese political and defense ties reflects Hanoi’s caution.

November 05, 2013

State Media Boasts of China’s Ability to Nuke US Cities

China’s state media reportedly boasted that Beijing can kill millions of Americans with its new SLBM.

November 05, 2013

To Hedge Its Bets, Russia Is Encircling China

Even as Sino-Russian relations expand, Moscow is strengthening its relationships with Beijing’s neighbors.

November 05, 2013

Does China Want a Cold War?

A new video by PLA generals suggest that some in the CCP are eager for a Cold War with Washington.

November 02, 2013

ReCAAPing Asia's Fight Against Pirates

ReCAAP is Asia’s mechanism to fight maritime piracy and an example of successful multilateralism.

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