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Five commentaries touching on Japan’s role in the Indo-Pacific, including its territorial dispute with China:

  • “Even I can see the opportunity that Japan has to become a national security superpower,” writes Brad Glosserman. A what? Yes, you heard that right, from the pen of the author of “Peak Japan.” Making that opportunity count, he says, rests on three pillars.
  • The Quad grouping may emerge as the most significant by-product of international politics amid the pandemic, argues Yoichi Funabashi. Peace in Asia may hinge upon devising the perfect answer to an age-old question, tweaked for 2021: Quad vadis? (whither the Quad?)
Philippine Coast Guard personnel are seen onboard a rubber boat as they sail near Chinese vessels believed to be manned by Chinese 'maritime militia' personnel at Whitsun Reef earlier this month. | PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD / VIA REUTERS
Philippine Coast Guard personnel sail near Chinese vessels believed to be manned by Chinese ‘maritime militia’ personnel at Whitsun Reef earlier this month. | PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD / VIA REUTERS

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