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Andrew S. Erickson China's rapid development is reshaping the world in all dimensions. Chinese language open sources offer insights into these critical trends. While such materials are increasing constantly in number, diversity, and sophistication, only a fraction is available in English. The analyses available here, many based on sources not previously considered outside China, are designed to help bridge that gap--and thereby increase understanding of the most dynamic great power in the international system today.

23 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

China’s Naval Modernization: The Implications of Seapower

Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Naval Modernization: The Implications of Seapower,” World Politics Review, 23 September 2014.
This month, the heads of the world’s navies and coast guards converged on the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, for the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). ISS assembles distinguished international naval leaders to enhance common bonds of friendship and to [...]

23 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Now Published in Chinese by China’s Top Maritime Press: “China, the United States, and 21st Century Sea Power” (CMSI Vol. 4) 中国, 美国与21世纪海权

Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and Nan Li, eds., China, the United States, and 21st Century Sea Power: Defining a Maritime Security Partnership (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2010).
[美] 安德鲁·S·埃里克森 [Andrew S. Erickson], 莱尔·J·戈尔茨坦 [Lyle J. Goldstein], 李楠 [Li Nan], 主编 [Editors]; 徐胜 [Xu Sheng], 范晓婷 [Fan Xiaoting], 王琦 [Wang Qi], 万芳芳 [Wan Fangfang], 黄南艳 [Huang Nanyan], [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. to become Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

“Harris tapped to lead PACOM,” Navy Times, 22 September 2014.
Adm. Harry Harris is the president’s pick for the next head of U.S. Pacific Command, according to a Monday release from the Defense Department.
Harris, who commands the Pacific Fleet, has been nominated to relieve current PACOM boss Adm. Samuel Locklear as head of American forces from [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Military Basing Scholar Dr. Robert Harkavy Reviews “Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific”

Robert E. Harkavy, “Basing and the Pivot,” Review Essay, Naval War College Review 67.4 (Autumn 2014): 147-50.
Dr. Harkavy is currently emeritus professor of political science at Pennsylvania State University and visiting research professor at the University of Kiel, Germany.
This excellently edited volume of essays, most contributed by Naval War College faculty, is devoted to the [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Should America Fear China’s “Carrier-Killer” Missile?

Robert Farley, “Should America Fear China’s ‘Carrier-Killer’ Missile?” The National Interest, 22 September 2014.
The DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) has generated a tremendous amount of interest over the past five years. If it works, it poses a very serious threat to U.S. Navy (USN) carriers, as well as to the other advanced warships of the USN, of the [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Naval War College Museum Book Lecture: “Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific”

Andrew S. Erickson, “Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific,” Eight Bells Book Lecture, Naval War College Museum, Newport, RI, 4 September 2014.
A cornerstone of American sea power and force projection is the maintenance of basing and access agreements that are presently in place in the Pacific region. Often taken for granted, [...]

17 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Making History in Newport: Head of China’s Navy Admiral Wu Shengli Leads First-Ever Delegation to Naval War College’s International Seapower Symposium

Yao Jianning, ed., “Wu Shengli Flies to US for International Seapower Symposium,” Liberation Army Daily, 16 September 2014.
At the invitation of Jonathan Greenert, chief of the Naval Operations of the U.S., Wu Shengli, member of the China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) and commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), left Beijing on September [...]

11 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Summary Report from Latest Carlisle PLA Conference: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025

Excellent conference report from Lincoln Hines! It was an honor for me to serve as a discussant at the conference, and I can attest that he has summarized the key points well. For anyone who hasn’t yet had a chance to read them, I highly recommend the other conference reports and books in this series.
Mr. [...]

11 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Power to the Provinces: The Devolution of China’s Maritime Rights Protection

Keep an eye out for more great publications from Ryan Martinson! I can personally attest to his exquisite Chinese language and analysis ability.
This time, Ryan offers timely insights on a vital yet curiously-understudied topic. Check out the table he’s compiled here of the latest additions to China’s rapidly-strengthening and -expanding civil maritime forces!
Ryan Martinson, “Power [...]

11 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Challenge of Responding to Maritime Coercion

What is the nature of China’s “tailored coercion”? What sort of a “gray zone” challenge does this “cabbage strategy” pose? How should the U.S. respond? This report offers a wealth of useful ideas.
Particularly valuable excerpts:
“incremental changes could fundamentally alter the balance of power and regional order, and vastly diminish the U.S. ability to undergird an [...]

09 September 2014 ~ 3 Comments

Fascinating Photos & Videos of Chinese Island Building in South China Sea from BBC

Be sure to view all the accompanying photos and videos. This is precisely the sort of substantive first-hand reporting that makes following BBC productions so worthwhile!
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, “China’s Island Factory,” BBC News, 9 September 2014.
New islands are being made in the disputed South China Sea by the might of the Chinese state. But a group [...]

05 September 2014 ~ 1 Comment

“Rebalancing U.S. Forces” Reviewed by Nathan Albright, Naval Historical Foundation

Nathan Albright; review of  Carnes Lord and Andrew S. Erickson, eds., Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014); Naval Historical Foundation, 5 September 2014.
For those readers who have an interest in reading the plans of the U.S. Navy in addressing the complicated concerns of logistics, tactical and strategic concerns, and [...]

04 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Review of “Rebalancing U.S. Forces” in Proceedings by Dr. Patrick Cullen, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Patrick Cullen, review of  Carnes Lord and Andrew S. Erickson, eds., Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014); U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 140 (September 2014): 74.
With this well-crafted edited volume, Lord and Erickson have put together an excellent team to provide us with a valuable and much needed discussion of the [...]