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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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Pakistan Begins Producing Block-II JF-17 Aircraft
December 27, 2013

Pakistan Begins Producing Block-II JF-17 Aircraft

By Ankit Panda
The Block-II variant of the JF-17s entered production recently, with more advanced weapon systems and avionics.
As China Rides High, a Downcast Taiwan Becomes More Vulnerable
December 27, 2013

As China Rides High, a Downcast Taiwan Becomes More Vulnerable

By J. Michael Cole
China is convinced that history is on its side and that its political system is best – what does this mean for Taiwan?

Did China Just Clone a Black Hawk Helicopter?
December 26, 2013

Did China Just Clone a Black Hawk Helicopter?

By Zachary Keck
China conducted the first flight test of its new Z-20, which has a similar exterior to the US-made Black Hawk.

USS Cowpens Incident: Rule Bending in the South China Sea
December 25, 2013

USS Cowpens Incident: Rule Bending in the South China Sea

By Robert Farley
The incident stems in part from a desire in China to push back against the United States.

Air-Sea Battle to Cost $524.5 Billion Through 2023
December 24, 2013

Air-Sea Battle to Cost $524.5 Billion Through 2023

By Zachary Keck
A new report finds the U.S. Navy and Air Force will spend more on ASB than the nuclear triad over the next decade.
An Inevitable Headache: US Allies Sell Defense Technology to China
December 24, 2013

An Inevitable Headache: US Allies Sell Defense Technology to China

By Ankit Panda
European and Israeli plans to do defense commerce with China could be a major headache for the United States.

China to Sell Bangladesh 2 Submarines
December 22, 2013

China to Sell Bangladesh 2 Submarines

By Zachary Keck
In a move certain to unnerve India, Beijing will sell Dhaka two Ming-class submarines for $203.3 million.
India and China Are Not Destined to Clash
December 21, 2013

India and China Are Not Destined to Clash

By Oliver Stuenkel
In Samudra Manthan, C. Raja Mohan predicts that Sino-Indo rivalry will extend to the maritime domain. That's questionable.

Yes, America Does Have a “China Strategy”
December 20, 2013

Yes, America Does Have a “China Strategy”

By Harry Kazianis
It's not that the U.S. lacks a China strategy, it's just that few understand or like the plan.

East China Sea ADIZ: A Turning Point in US-China Relations?
December 20, 2013

East China Sea ADIZ: A Turning Point in US-China Relations?

By Mira Rapp-Hooper
In the wake of the new ADIZ, the U.S. may have to reassess its entire approach toward China.

Can a China-Russia Axis Bankrupt the US?
December 20, 2013

Can a China-Russia Axis Bankrupt the US?

By J. Michael Cole
Russia and China have studied the end of the Cold War and how the US ultimately defeated the USSR by bankrupting it.
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.

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