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The Borneo Death March

The 264-kilometre hike from Lolosing to the summit of Taviu Hill in the central highlands of north Borneo has been dubbed the toughest hike in the world. But a group of 14 British soldiers have set off in the hope of becoming the first...Show More Summary

Singh Writes to Anna Hazare

Anna Hazare and the United Progressive Alliance government took their first but significant steps toward breaking the impasse over the activist’s latest fast, which has entered its eighth day. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wrote aShow More Summary

Biden ‘Understands One-Child’

US Vice President Joe Biden has provoked outrage in some quarters in the United States after saying that he ‘fully understands’ China’s one-child policy. ‘Your policy has been one which I fully understand – I’m not second-guessing...Show More Summary

China and Southeast Asia

Next Tuesday, my colleague Pete Martin and I will be interviewing a Chinese expert on Southeast Asia, Tang Qifang, for our series of interviews with Chinese academics for the Lowy Interpreter. The interview will also be reposted here at China Power. Show More Summary

Earthquake Hits Washington

Standing across the street from the Pentagon when a highly unusual 5.9 earthquake hit the region, The Diplomat's Washington DC Correspondent Eddie Walsh reports on the situation on the ground.   It was clear that something significant had occurred. Show More Summary

General Giap Reaches 100

In 1954, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap masterminded the crushing defeat of the French empire in Indochina at the battle of Dien Bien Phu. It was a victory that changed history. For a start, it destroyed the assumption of Western invincibility....Show More Summary

Mass Grave Found in Kashmir?

The Human Rights Commission of the Indian-controlled portion of the state of Jammu and Kashmir has just reported that it has found 38 unmarked sites with thousands of bodies. Several hundred of these it is believed are of civilians who...Show More Summary

Terrorism in Southeast Asia

The arrest and extradition to Indonesia of Umar Patek, the man behind the 2002 Bali bombing who was seized in Pakistan in January, is a major accomplishment by the international community in the fight against terrorism. For almost aShow More Summary

China in Syria Series (II)

This week, The Diplomat has been providing coverage of the Syrian crisis from an Asia-Pacific perspective. China has featured prominently, as any escalation against the Assad regime could threaten Chinese national interests. Given the...Show More Summary

North Korea Gets Military Trucks

North Korea purchased thousands of military vehicles from China that have been transported into the country over the course of the past month, according to the Chosun Ilbo. The South Korean paper says that between 3,000 and 4,000 Chinese-made...Show More Summary

Anna Hazare Meet Disappoints

There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel of Anna Hazare’s confrontation with the government. The much-hyped all-party meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh proved to be an ambush for Team Anna and a success for...Show More Summary

Marshall Islands Weapons Tests

The Marshall Islands, a cluster of atolls and islands in the Pacific, continues to express its concern about the impact of US military activities around its air and maritime space. Within the last two weeks, there have been two US weapons...Show More Summary

The Pentagon on China

The Pentagon sent its annual report (PDF) on China’s military to Congress Wednesday, highlighting American areas of concern about China’s growing military power.  The main points come as no surprise – the Pentagon is wary of China’s...Show More Summary

Govt Softening Over Hazare?

A breakthrough looked possible on the 10th day of Anna Hazare’s fast as the government decided to discuss all formats of the Lokpal Bill in parliament on Friday, including the one proposed by Hazare. But this major concession on the...Show More Summary

Japan as Belgium

‘Our country has become just like Belgium,’ a Japanese academic and former government official lamented to me recently. On the surface it might seem an eccentric comparison. But the resignation of yet another prime minister in Japan...Show More Summary

Sand and Singapore

The politics of sand is a dirty business, and there’s plenty of it around – particularly in the tiny island-state of Singapore. Its voracious appetite for constructing mega-buildings and expanding its borders by filling in the sea...Show More Summary

The Importance of Borders

A recent news story about how Pakistani rangers returned livestock belonging to a man from Katiyal Kalai village in the Jammu region of India that had been swept away in flash floods to the Pakistani side underscores how political barriers...Show More Summary

India’s New Strike Corps

The news that the Indian Army is preparing to set up a new strike corps tasked with attacking targets in China in the event of a war between the two neighbours marks a bold escalation in India’s attempts to balance against China militarily...Show More Summary

Anna Hazare Ends Latest Fast

The United Progressive Alliance government heaved a huge sigh of relief Sunday as Anna Hazare ended his 288-hour-long fast. Still, this may just be a lull before the next Hazare storm gathers. The 74-year-old anti-corruption crusader announced his roadmap for the near future, saying: ‘I have only suspended my agitation. Show More Summary

US Navy Girds for Sea Control

Maybe the US Navy surface fleet is getting serious about commanding the sea—at last. Exhibit A: the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has fast-tracked development of the navy’s first anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM)...Show More Summary

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