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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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Russia Says It's Building Naval Bases in Asia, Latin America
February 28, 2014

Russia Says It's Building Naval Bases in Asia, Latin America

By Zachary Keck
Russia’s defense minister says the country will soon build military bases everywhere from Vietnam to Cuba.
North Korea Launches Four Short-Range Missiles
February 28, 2014

North Korea Launches Four Short-Range Missiles

By Ankit Panda
The missile launch follows a naval provocation earlier this week.

China Could Come Around On International IP Law
February 28, 2014

China Could Come Around On International IP Law

By Robert Farley
Compliance with international intellectual property law may be on the horizon for China.

How History Can Save China-Japan Relations
February 26, 2014

How History Can Save China-Japan Relations

By Mira Rapp-Hooper
Leaders across Asia should use the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII to build a more peaceful future.

North Korean Naval Patrol Boat Enters South Korean Waters
February 26, 2014

North Korean Naval Patrol Boat Enters South Korean Waters

By Ankit Panda
A North Korea patrol boat briefly trespassed into South Korea waters across the Northern Limit Line.
The Return of Gangster Politics in Taiwan
February 26, 2014

The Return of Gangster Politics in Taiwan

By J. Michael Cole
The return to Taiwan, after 17 years in exile, of the most-wanted fugitive-turned-politician has kept things interesting.

Israel’s Asian Defense Presence
February 25, 2014

Israel’s Asian Defense Presence

By Alvite Singh Ningthoujam
Two recent events highlight Israel’s potential role as an arms supplier to South and Southeast Asia.
China Fires Water Cannons at Philippine Fishermen
February 25, 2014

China Fires Water Cannons at Philippine Fishermen

By Zachary Keck
A top Philippines military officer said China's Coast Guard fired water cannons at fishermen in the Scarborough Shoal.

US Army To Be Reduced To Pre-World War II Levels
February 25, 2014

US Army To Be Reduced To Pre-World War II Levels

By Ankit Panda
Chuck Hagel's new proposed budget would cut the U.S. Army to pre-World War II levels.

The Dangers of Economic Proximity with China
February 24, 2014

The Dangers of Economic Proximity with China

By J. Michael Cole
In a U.S.-China trade war, Taiwan faces the risk of getting caught up in the crossfire.

Demographics, Technology and Defense in South Korea
February 22, 2014

Demographics, Technology and Defense in South Korea

By Andrew Kwon
Demographics pose a challenge to the ROK’s security. Fortunately, an answer may be at hand.
PLA Officer: China Must Establish South China Sea ADIZ
February 22, 2014

PLA Officer: China Must Establish South China Sea ADIZ

By Zachary Keck
A Chinese military officer has said that establishing a South China Sea ADIZ is necessary to China's national interest.

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