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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.

30 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Hong Kong Protests: Live Blogging & Latest Reports via Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report (中国实时报)

Serious multimedia coverage from serious journalists of these important events.
“Hong Kong Democracy Protests: CRT’s Live Blog,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 1 October 2014.
Welcome to China Real Time’s live feed of what’s happening as tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters take to the streets of Hong Kong.
The city-wide protests entered their fourth day [...]

30 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Hong Kong Protests: Who’s Who

Information on some key actors in the current events: Leung Chun-ying, Andy Tsang, Zhang Xiaoming, Benny Tai, and Joshua Wong.
“Hong Kong Protests: Who’s Who,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 30 September 2014.
The main characters in the tussle over Hong Kong democracy:
Leung Chun-ying
Hong Kong’s chief executive, 60
Mr. Leung, the son of a policeman, became Hong [...]

30 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A Drone’s-Eye View of Teeming Hong Kong Protests

Incredible footage! If a picture is worth 1,000 words, this clip is worth at least 10,000…
Nero Chan, “Drone Shows Thousands Filling Hong Kong Streets,” YouTube, 29 September 2014.
Thousands of demonstrators turned out in downtown Hong Kong on September 29 to support a protest over Beijing’s decision to reject calls for open nominations for the election [...]

29 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Hong Kong Protests: Latest News, Images & Maps

“Hong Kong Democracy Protests: CRT’s Live Blog,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 29 September 2014.
Welcome to China Real Time’s live feed of what’s happening as pro-democracy protests kick off the week in Hong Kong, which was rocked over the weekend by tens of thousands of protesters massing in the streets and volleys of tear gas fired [...]

29 September 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Asahi Shimbun Profiles CMSI and its Four Core Scholars

“中国軍の台頭どう分析” [How to Analyze the Rise of China’s Military], 朝日新聞 [Asahi Shimbun], 26 August 2014, 10.

28 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Hong Kong—Now What?

Thanks to Xiaoyu Pu for leading me to this prescient piece. 
David Schlesinger, Mei Fong, and Nicholas Bequelin, “Hong Kong—Now What?” A ChinaFile Conversation, 2 September 2014. 
David Schlesinger:
Hong Kong’s tragedy is that its political consciousness began to awaken precisely at the time when its leverage with China was at its lowest ebb. 
Where once China needed Hong [...]

28 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Does Global Times/环球时报 Provide Reliable Coverage of Hong Kong Protest Issues?

On 29 September, Global Times published an article (pasted partially below here, and in full still further below) citing subject matter expert(s) as stating that, should the Hong Kong Police prove unable to control the protests, there would be no legal obstacles to People’s Armed Police crossing the border from the Mainland to stabilize the situation. [...]

28 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Hong Kong’s Unprecedented Protests and Police Crackdown, Explained

Thanks to Xiaoyu Pu for directing me to these sources.
Max Fisher, “Hong Kong’s Unprecedented Protests and Police Crackdown, Explained,” Vox, 28 September 2014.
Protest marches and vigils are fairly common in Hong Kong, but what began on Friday and escalated dramatically on Sunday is unprecedented. Mass acts of civil disobedience were met by a shocking and swift [...]

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 [...]