Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.

Latest from Ankit Panda

Opinion | It’s time for Southeast Asia to stand together against China – with Indonesia leading the way

Ankit Panda writes that it’s not too late for Indonesia to lead Southeast Asia back toward institutionalised solutions as talks continue toward an Asean-China code of conduct for the South China Sea.

Ankit Panda writes that it’s not too late for Indonesia to lead Southeast Asia back toward institutionalised solutions as talks continue toward an Asean-China code of conduct for the South China Sea.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:12PM
Opinion | US-Iran crisis may help China find its voice over Middle East

Ankit Panda argues that Donald Trump’s decision to target Qassem Soleimani presents a troubling prospect but also an intriguing opportunity for Beijing.

Ankit Panda argues that Donald Trump’s decision to target Qassem Soleimani presents a troubling prospect but also an intriguing opportunity for Beijing.

17 Feb 2020 - 5:02PM
Opinion | Return of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa brothers raises fresh challenge to China’s Hambantota port deal

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election victory tapped into nationalist sentiment, including demands for the return the port seen as a cautionary tale on the dangers of ‘debt trap’ diplomacy.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s election victory tapped into nationalist sentiment, including demands for the return the port seen as a cautionary tale on the dangers of ‘debt trap’ diplomacy.

12 Jan 2020 - 5:08PM
Opinion | China, the hostage diplomacy isn’t working. It’s time to free Kovrig, Spavor and Yang

Detentions lay bare the party’s brutish approach to statecraft. If it wants to be seen as anything other than a barbarous regime, it can’t target the innocent.

Detentions lay bare the party’s brutish approach to statecraft. If it wants to be seen as anything other than a barbarous regime, it can’t target the innocent.

14 Dec 2019 - 11:09PM
Opinion | China prisoner of its own propaganda in response to the US’ Hong Kong democracy act

Welcome no more, US warships’ enforced absence denies China a barometer of its rival’s mood – all because of an insecurity seemingly gripping Beijing.

Welcome no more, US warships’ enforced absence denies China a barometer of its rival’s mood – all because of an insecurity seemingly gripping Beijing.

7 Dec 2019 - 11:48AM
Opinion | US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper seeks to balance relations on visit to Asia-Pacific

Official has work to do to keep regional allies happy against Donald Trump’s ‘myopic’ foreign policy.

Official has work to do to keep regional allies happy against Donald Trump’s ‘myopic’ foreign policy.

17 Nov 2019 - 6:08PM
Opinion | Donald Trump won’t get a grand stage for a US-China trade deal after Chile calls off Apec summit. So what now?

The cancellation of the summit due to ongoing protests has deprived the US President of a setting to seal a ‘phase one’ deal with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, writes Ankit Panda.

The cancellation of the summit due to ongoing protests has deprived the US President of a setting to seal a ‘phase one’ deal with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, writes Ankit Panda.

2 Nov 2019 - 11:15PM
Opinion | Now for the hard part: another ‘informal summit’ is over but China and India are no closer on core issues

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must address the hard questions surrounding the fundamentals of their countries’ relationship, Ankit Panda says.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must address the hard questions surrounding the fundamentals of their countries’ relationship, Ankit Panda says.

19 Oct 2019 - 10:00PM
Opinion | As Donald Trump administration enters survival mode, foreign policy moves are anyone’s guess

With impeachment and electoral survival emerging as dual threats, US President Donald Trump may escalate disputes with China, North Korea, Iran and even allies.

With impeachment and electoral survival emerging as dual threats, US President Donald Trump may escalate disputes with China, North Korea, Iran and even allies.

24 Oct 2019 - 3:42AM
Opinion | Is China’s DF-17 hypersonic missile a serious threat to the United States?

An American general warned last year that the US does not have an effective defence against such hypersonic weapons, but Ankit Panda is keen to dispel the hype.

An American general warned last year that the US does not have an effective defence against such hypersonic weapons, but Ankit Panda is keen to dispel the hype.

5 Oct 2019 - 10:40PM
Opinion | US-China relations set for more of the same under Donald Trump’s new security adviser

Robert O’Brien is not a well-known name in foreign policy circles and when it comes to Beijing, his role is likely to be marginal, Ankit Panda writes.

Robert O’Brien is not a well-known name in foreign policy circles and when it comes to Beijing, his role is likely to be marginal, Ankit Panda writes.

21 Sep 2019 - 10:37PM
Opinion | US may still get another chance of a denuclearisation deal with North Korea this year

Positive noises from Pyongyang’s foreign vice-minister and Donald Trump’s sacking of John Bolton bode well for progress – but it was a mistake for Trump to express openness to another summit with Kim Jong-un before making diplomatic progress.

Positive noises from Pyongyang’s foreign vice-minister and Donald Trump’s sacking of John Bolton bode well for progress – but it was a mistake for Trump to express openness to another summit with Kim Jong-un before making diplomatic progress.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:53PM
Can China take advantage of rift between South Korea and Japan?

Seoul’s decision not to renew agreement with Tokyo on sharing military information could provide Beijing with a golden opportunity, Ankit Panda writes.

Seoul’s decision not to renew agreement with Tokyo on sharing military information could provide Beijing with a golden opportunity, Ankit Panda writes.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:59PM
Opinion | India’s rethink on ‘no first use’ nuclear policy won’t surprise China or Pakistan

Recent comments by India’s defence minister highlight the evolution of New Delhi’s thinking and the mutual scepticism between it and its two biggest rivals.

Recent comments by India’s defence minister highlight the evolution of New Delhi’s thinking and the mutual scepticism between it and its two biggest rivals.

25 Aug 2019 - 10:01PM
Opinion | How India’s Kashmir move complicates the border issue with China

Ankit Panda writes that while New Delhi’s revoking of Kashmir’s special status pleases both supporters and opposition parties, the move has opened ‘a geopolitical Pandora’s box’.

Ankit Panda writes that while New Delhi’s revoking of Kashmir’s special status pleases both supporters and opposition parties, the move has opened ‘a geopolitical Pandora’s box’.

10 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM
Opinion | Kim Jong-un’s strategy suggests US has a choice: change stance, or talks will go nowhere

North Korean leader has sought ‘bold decision’ from Washington by the end of the year – and July’s displays of nuclear capability, following indications of support from China and Russia, suggest he is serious.

North Korean leader has sought ‘bold decision’ from Washington by the end of the year – and July’s displays of nuclear capability, following indications of support from China and Russia, suggest he is serious.

4 Aug 2019 - 4:00PM
Opinion | China’s disregard for Vietnamese sovereignty leaves region worse off

To reach agreement on how to share resources in the disputed South China Sea, all claimants need to refrain from pushing dubious entitlements – but Beijing’s actions suggest it believes ‘might makes right’.

To reach agreement on how to share resources in the disputed South China Sea, all claimants need to refrain from pushing dubious entitlements – but Beijing’s actions suggest it believes ‘might makes right’.

26 Jul 2019 - 10:08PM
Opinion | How Chinese missile tests could up the stakes for the US in the South China Sea

Recent tests of anti-ship missiles near the disputed Spratly Islands send clear message to Washington about the risks of future engagement.

Recent tests of anti-ship missiles near the disputed Spratly Islands send clear message to Washington about the risks of future engagement.

14 Jul 2019 - 9:48PM
Opinion | Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un handshake at Korean border was nice, but fundamental challenges haven’t changed

If US negotiators hope to get something for nothing from Pyongyang, they will be sorely disappointed, Ankit Panda writes.

If US negotiators hope to get something for nothing from Pyongyang, they will be sorely disappointed, Ankit Panda writes.

6 Jul 2019 - 10:51PM
Opinion | How many personal truces between Xi and Trump will it take to resolve the trade war?

Presidents used their close friendship to get the stalled talks back on track but nothing really changed in Osaka, Ankit Panda says.

Presidents used their close friendship to get the stalled talks back on track but nothing really changed in Osaka, Ankit Panda says.

24 Jan 2020 - 3:20AM
Opinion | Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to North Korea serves as a reminder that Kim Jong-un still needs friends on the world stage

The Chinese leader is visiting after Kim’s failed summit with Donald Trump and underscores importance of relationship with Beijing

The Chinese leader is visiting after Kim’s failed summit with Donald Trump and underscores importance of relationship with Beijing

20 Jun 2019 - 6:23PM
Opinion | The complex issues with China that India’s Narendra Modi carries into his second term as prime minister

There are no easy answers to the challenges the new Indian government will face in its multifaceted relationship with China, Ankit Panda writes.

There are no easy answers to the challenges the new Indian government will face in its multifaceted relationship with China, Ankit Panda writes.

4 Jun 2019 - 1:28PM
Opinion | ‘Declining’ US should reject race-based thinking and embrace innovation to compete with China

Ankit Panda writes that the prospect of a ‘civilisational clash’ with China should not underpin US foreign policy.

Ankit Panda writes that the prospect of a ‘civilisational clash’ with China should not underpin US foreign policy.

18 May 2019 - 11:29PM
Opinion | How China’s military upgrade and trade tensions are challenging the US in Indo-Pacific

Ankit Panda writes that while a bilateral clash is not inevitable, China’s military modernisation at a time of trade anxiety is challenging US goals of Indo-Pacific dominance.

Ankit Panda writes that while a bilateral clash is not inevitable, China’s military modernisation at a time of trade anxiety is challenging US goals of Indo-Pacific dominance.

12 May 2019 - 5:00PM
Opinion | No China-US cold war but visa freeze puts mutual insight on ice

Essential but non-official connections between the two countries are being pulled apart just as they are needed most, writes Ankit Panda.

Essential but non-official connections between the two countries are being pulled apart just as they are needed most, writes Ankit Panda.

27 Apr 2019 - 6:23PM
Opinion | After Hanoi debacle, US must review its North Korea negotiating strategy

Ankit Panda writes that as Kim Jong-un moves to ensure his survival, Washington will have to decide whether to keep demanding all or nothing from Pyongyang.

Ankit Panda writes that as Kim Jong-un moves to ensure his survival, Washington will have to decide whether to keep demanding all or nothing from Pyongyang.

20 Apr 2019 - 10:44PM
Opinion | How the latest South China Sea tensions could rekindle a Manila-Washington alliance

Ankit Panda writes that China may have overplayed its hand with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte by having fishing vessels swarm Thitu Island.

Ankit Panda writes that China may have overplayed its hand with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte by having fishing vessels swarm Thitu Island.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:16PM
Opinion | How India’s breakthrough as an ‘elite space power’ devalues discovery and innovation

Ankit Panda writes that India’s test of an interceptor to destroy a satellite only renders space less hospitable for peaceful, civilian use, while contributing marginal military benefit.

Ankit Panda writes that India’s test of an interceptor to destroy a satellite only renders space less hospitable for peaceful, civilian use, while contributing marginal military benefit.

7 Apr 2019 - 9:50PM
Opinion | As US-North Korea diplomacy falters, will Kim Jong-un look to boost ties with Russia?

After failure of Hanoi summit between Kim and Donald Trump relations between Pyongyang and Washington are in a perilous state, says Ankit Panda.

After failure of Hanoi summit between Kim and Donald Trump relations between Pyongyang and Washington are in a perilous state, says Ankit Panda.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:03PM
Opinion | As China builds its military muscle, it will pivot to head games

As the great-power competition with the US heats up, China’s defence spending is delivering a modern military, but the next step will be to develop the experience and knowledge base of its military personnel.

As the great-power competition with the US heats up, China’s defence spending is delivering a modern military, but the next step will be to develop the experience and knowledge base of its military personnel.

16 Mar 2019 - 10:36PM