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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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Why China's Military Wants to Control These 2 Waterways in East Asia
September 15, 2019

Why China's Military Wants to Control These 2 Waterways in East Asia

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait constitute critical chokepoints for Chinese military operations both along and beyond the so-called first island chain.
South China Sea: US Navy Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Near Paracel Islands
September 15, 2019

South China Sea: US Navy Warship Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation Near Paracel Islands

By Ankit Panda
A U.S. Navy warship sailed near China-held features in the Paracel Islands.

US Ohio-Class Nuclear Sub Test Fires 4 Ballistic Missiles
September 13, 2019

US Ohio-Class Nuclear Sub Test Fires 4 Ballistic Missiles

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy conducted ballistic missile launches from a submerged submarine off the Californian coast earlier this month.

India’s Reach in Maritime Domain Awareness: A Hit or Miss for Sri Lanka?
September 12, 2019

India’s Reach in Maritime Domain Awareness: A Hit or Miss for Sri Lanka?

By Natasha Fernando
Given fears of Indian hegemonic designs, Sri Lanka has been cautious in engaging India for assistance in maritime security.

Is Asia Ready for an Indo-Russian Order?
September 06, 2019

Is Asia Ready for an Indo-Russian Order?

By Carl Jaison
India and Russia could generate a “third order” -- outside the constraints of either the United States or China.
Size vs Statecraft: How India and Japan Play the Major Power Game
September 06, 2019

Size vs Statecraft: How India and Japan Play the Major Power Game

By Bonnie Bley
Japan and India’s differences might just be what makes this unlikely partnership effective.

Is China Really About to Build J-20 Stealth Fighters for Its Carriers?
September 04, 2019

Is China Really About to Build J-20 Stealth Fighters for Its Carriers?

By Robert Farley
When exactly will the J-20 be ready for Chinese carriers?
Japan to Set Up New Police Unit for the Senkakus
September 03, 2019

Japan to Set Up New Police Unit for the Senkakus

By Ankit Panda
The new unit will be tasked with preventing illegal landings on the disputed islands.

What Exactly Did Pakistan’s Prime Minister Say About the Country’s Nuclear Weapons?
September 03, 2019

What Exactly Did Pakistan’s Prime Minister Say About the Country’s Nuclear Weapons?

By Ankit Panda
Pakistan’s nuclear policy remains unchanged.

The United States Tests a New GLCM: What Next?
August 29, 2019

The United States Tests a New GLCM: What Next?

By Robert Farley
The test of a hobbled-together ground-launched cruise missile marks a new era.

Book Review: China Ascendant: Its Rise and Implications
August 29, 2019

Book Review: China Ascendant: Its Rise and Implications

By Apurv Kumar Mishra
A new book offers a refreshing non-Western perspective on the implications of China’s rise.
China’s Dominance on Display in the South China Sea
August 28, 2019

China’s Dominance on Display in the South China Sea

By Trinh Le
Beijing’s repeated provocative actions in the South China Sea leaves the region worse off.

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