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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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Would China Use Nuclear Weapons First in a War With the United States?
April 27, 2020

Would China Use Nuclear Weapons First in a War With the United States?

By Gregory Kulacki
Recent American statements on Chinese nuclear weapons policy merit closer scrutiny.
Offensive Cyber Capabilities and Public Health Intelligence: Vietnam, APT32, and COVID-19
April 24, 2020

Offensive Cyber Capabilities and Public Health Intelligence: Vietnam, APT32, and COVID-19

By Ankit Panda
A suspected Vietnamese state-backed cyber campaign targeted Chinese health authorities.

Iran Successfully Launches Military Satellite
April 23, 2020

Iran Successfully Launches Military Satellite

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The launch this week is likely to increase not just regional tensions but deepen existing difficulties with the United States.

A Nine Carrier US Navy? In 2020?
April 22, 2020

A Nine Carrier US Navy? In 2020?

By Robert Farley
Should the U.S. Navy downsize its carrier force?

Making Sense of China’s Latest Bid to Administer Sovereignty in the South China Sea
April 21, 2020

Making Sense of China’s Latest Bid to Administer Sovereignty in the South China Sea

By Ankit Panda
New additions to ‘Sansha’ City and a naming exercise for submerged features are the latest in Beijing’s sovereignty-seeking toolkit.
Maritime Flashpoints and the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 20, 2020

Maritime Flashpoints and the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Sumathy Permal
Southeast Asian states like Malaysia are having to both deal with a global health crisis and step up defense of their South China Sea claims.

Allies and the Challenge of a Long-Term US Innovation Strategy
April 20, 2020

Allies and the Challenge of a Long-Term US Innovation Strategy

By Robert Farley
There are difficult trade-offs that U.S. policymakers need to consider.
Can the US Practice Knowledge Statecraft Again?
April 17, 2020

Can the US Practice Knowledge Statecraft Again?

By Robert Farley
Knowledge statecraft, technology sharing, and intellectual property are are intertwined.

China’s Worrying Military Exercises Near Taiwan 
April 17, 2020

China’s Worrying Military Exercises Near Taiwan 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
China’s moves in the region, despite the pandemic, are only likely to generate fear and inspire greater cooperation with Washington.  

What’s Behind US ‘Concerns’ About Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing?
April 17, 2020

What’s Behind US ‘Concerns’ About Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing?

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. State Department has raised concerns about possible Chinese nuclear testing activity. What’s really going on?

Why Philippine Solidarity With Vietnam in South China Sea Fishing Row Matters
April 16, 2020

Why Philippine Solidarity With Vietnam in South China Sea Fishing Row Matters

By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Philippines expresses concern and solidarity with Vietnam over a fishing row with China in the South China Sea. 
COVID-19 Will Make the US-China Great Power Dynamics More Confrontational
April 15, 2020

COVID-19 Will Make the US-China Great Power Dynamics More Confrontational

By Monish Tourangbam and Hamsini Hariharan
The pandemic induced bilateral spat between the two most powerful countries in the world comes amid the unfinished business of the trade war. 

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