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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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August 18, 2019

Foreign Ministers of China, Japan, South Korea Set to Meet Amid Seoul-Tokyo Tensions

By Ankit Panda
Can the Northeast Asian trilateral leaders’ meeting materialize this year?
August 18, 2019

Indian Defense Minister: ‘Circumstances’ May Lead to Review of Nuclear ‘No First Use’ Policy

By Ankit Panda
Will India abandon its ‘no first use’ pledge?

August 17, 2019

After 5G, Space Opens a New Frontier in US-China Rivalry

By Nicholas Borroz
Countries must act now to preserve freedom of choice in the cosmos.

August 15, 2019

Decoding Australia’s Strange Silence Over China’s Transgressions in the South China Sea

By Tuan Anh Luc
What will it take for Canberra to pipe up?

August 14, 2019

China Rejects Request for Hong Kong Port Call of 2 US Navy Warships

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Chinese government has rejected a request to have two U.S. warships make port visits to Hong Kong in the coming weeks.
August 13, 2019

Why Are the Taliban Reluctant to Declare a Ceasefire?

By Daud Khattak
It's not only a negotiating tactic. There's real fear on the Taliban's end about what happens after the guns go silent.

August 09, 2019

US, Canadian Fighter Jets Intercept 2 Russian Strategic Bombers Off Alaska

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The two bombers entered Alaskan and Canadian air defense identification zones, according to the U.S. military.
August 07, 2019

China Issues Statement Condemning Indian Decision to Bifurcate Kashmir

By Ankit Panda
China sees its claims in Kashmir threatened by New Delhi’s move.

August 06, 2019

Australia, South Korea Say No to Deployment of US INF-Range Missiles on Their Soil

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Canberra and Seoul said that they won’t be hosting any U.S. ground-based mid-range missiles.

August 06, 2019

North Korea Accuses US, South Korea of Violating 2018 Declarations

By Ankit Panda
The statement suggested diplomacy would remain “invisible” as long as U.S.-South Korea exercises continued.

August 06, 2019

Modi-fying Kashmir: Unpacking India’s Historic Decision to Revoke Kashmir’s Autonomy

By Abhijnan Rej
What are the likely short- and long-term effects of the Modi government’s decision?
August 05, 2019

US Defense Secretary: ‘We Would Like’ New Post-INF Treaty Missile Capabilities in Asia

By Ankit Panda
Mark T. Esper made the comments shortly after the United States’ withdrawal from the Cold War-era treaty was made official.

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