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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.

26 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China’s New “Bling Dynasty” Portrayed in 1 Article & 2 Videos (Warning: Major Conspicuous Consumption)

Wonder what Mao would have thought of all this lavishing vast personal wealth on the most decadent of foreign brands…
Devin Friedman, “The Bling Dynasty,” GQ (January 2015).
You probably know that people are getting rich in China. They lag only behind America in sheer number of billionaires. And you probably know that all of that money […]

26 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Jinglue Haiyang: The Naval Implications of Xi Jinping’s New Strategic Concept

Yet again, CMSI’s Ryan Martinson demonstrates why his publications are always mandatory reading for anyone trying to understand China’s maritime policies and actions. I really cannot commend his work to you more highly. If you haven’t already done so, go back and read his previous articles published over the past few months. You’ll be glad […]

26 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China SignPost™ (洞察中国) #88: “China’s Public Hospital Governance Reforms are Setting the Stage for Corporatization”

Gabriel B. Collins and Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Public Hospital Governance Reforms are Setting the Stage for Corporatization,” China SignPost™ (洞察中国) 88 (26 January 2015).

 

With appropriate legal and policy support, corporatization could begin within the next 2-3 years.
Key Points:
–China’s public hospital reform experiments thus far have laid a foundation for corporatization that is stronger than […]

25 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

“Sino-Japanese Crisis (In)Stability in the East China Sea” Seminar at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Tues. 10 February 12:30-2:00 pm

Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson, “Sino-Japanese Crisis (In)Stability in the East China Sea,” to present in Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 10 February 2015.

Date:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location:

Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), 2nd Floor, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA

Adam P. Liff
Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton-Harvard China and […]

17 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

New Edition of Ron O’Rourke’s Congressional Research Service Report China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress

Ronald O’Rourke, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 23 December 2014), RL33153.
Summary
China is building a modern and regionally powerful Navy with a modest but growing capability for conducting operations beyond China’s near-seas region. The question of how the United States should respond to China’s military modernization effort, including its […]

11 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Directory of Foreign Aviation Companies in China: Commercial and Defense

Defense News Asia Bureau Chief Wendell Minnick has published an 800-page directory on foreign aviation companies doing business in China (commercial and defense). The book includes the names of Chinese agents handling the company account, press releases, chronologies, speeches, and index. Directory of Foreign Aviation Companies in China: Commercial and Defense is available via Amazon.
Wendell […]

10 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

“Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific” Assessed in Warships: International Fleet Review

Peter Hore; 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); Warships: International Fleet Review (December 2014).
… Its meat and potatoes is the strategic pivot being carried out by the USA, which will see 60 percent of the US Navy’s operational effort […]

09 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Work Boat World Reviews “Rebalancing U.S. Forces”

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); Work Boat World (October 2014): 45.
Our world continues to change very rapidly. The rise of China… led to much re-thinking among America’s defense intelligentsia.
At the forefront of this, as usual, is the Naval […]

18 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Beijing Projects Power through Cooperation, Intimidation

Andrew S. Erickson, “Beijing Projects Power through Cooperation, Intimidation,” Nikkei Asian Review, 18 December 2014.
China’s military development offers costs and benefits for its neighbors and the world. To understand why, look at two factors: technology and geography.
     In the contested “near seas” off China’s coast (the Yellow, East China, and South China seas), Beijing is […]

18 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

China SignPost™ (洞察中国) #87: “Volkswagen’s China Dealership Expansions Suggest Substantial Upside for Continued Growth in Car Sales—and Gasoline Consumption”

Gabriel B. Collins and Andrew S. Erickson, “Volkswagen’s China Dealership Expansions Suggest Substantial Upside for Continued Growth in Car Sales—and Gasoline Consumption,” China SignPost™ (洞察中国) 87 (17 December 2014).

 

China’s passenger car sales volumes have been strong thus far in 2014, with roughly 15% YoY growth between January and November 2014. Gasoline demand has followed suit, […]

18 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

CMSI’s Ryan Martinson & Lowy Institute’s Linda Jakobson Debate the Agency of China’s Civil Maritime (Coast Guard) Agencies

A great debate whose time has come. Personally, I think Martinson strikes the right balance, but both experts have made useful contributions to the open source literature on this important yet understudied topic!
China’s consolidating Coast Guard is certainly acting in aggregate to further a larger national strategy of some sort; the question is, precisely how, […]

17 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The World Hot Spots You’ve Never Heard of That Could Ruin 2015

Gregory Viscusi and Nicole Gaouette, “The World Hot Spots You’ve Never Heard of That Could Ruin 2015,” Bloomberg, 16 December 2014.
The Spratlys. Narva. Fezzan.
These places risk becoming household names in 2015. Can’t locate them on a map? Well, a lot of people couldn’t have found Donetsk in Ukraine or Raqqa in Syria as 2014 got under […]

13 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

China SignPost™ (洞察中国) #86: “Gasoline, Natural Gas, and Aluminum are Bright Spots for China Commodity Demand in 2014 as Steel and Coal Weaken”

Gabriel B. Collins and Andrew S. Erickson, “Gasoline, Natural Gas, and Aluminum are Bright Spots for China Commodity Demand in 2014 as Steel and Coal Weaken,” China SignPost™ (洞察中国) 86 (12 December 2014).

 

Gasoline, natural gas, and aluminum are China’s commodity demand bright spots so far in 2014—amidst a significant downturn in consumption of key basic […]