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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.

29 April 2016

Shifting Waters: China’s New Passive Assertiveness in Asian Maritime Security

Ashley Townshend and Prof Rory Medcalf, Shifting Waters: China’s New Passive Assertiveness in Asian Maritime Security (Sydney: Lowy Institute, 29 April 2016).
In this Report, Ashley Townshend and Lowy Institute Nonresident Fellow Professor Rory Medcalf examine China’s evolving maritime security conduct. They argue that China’s less confrontational but more strategically assertive behaviour has paradoxical implications for regional security, lowering […]

28 April 2016

Does China Have an Aging Problem? Yes, a China-sized One! Staggering Specifics from Dr. Huang Yanzhong & CSIS’s ChinaPower Project

China’s rapid aging and increasingly-imbalanced demographics will increasingly represent a headwind and downside risk on major aspects of its development and accretion of national power.
Read this seminal multimedia report to learn more about these pivotal population trends:
“Does China Have an Aging Problem?” ChinaPower, Center for Strategic & International Studies, 21 April 2016.
Does China have an […]

25 April 2016

Register Now for “Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference,” Jamestown Foundation, Thurs. 12 May 2016

“Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference,” sponsored by Jamestown Foundation, to be held at The University Club of Washington, DC, 12 May 2016.
The Jamestown Foundation, publisher of the noted China Brief, is proud to announce that the Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference will be held on May 12th. The conference will feature […]

21 April 2016

How Does China’s First Aircraft Carrier Stack Up?

I’m honored to have been interviewed on China’s deck aviation development and future prospects for CSIS’s new China Power Project, just launched under the leadership of Bonnie Glaser. Check out other China Power interviews here.
Andrew S. Erickson, “How Does China’s First Aircraft Carrier Stack Up?” interview for China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International […]

21 April 2016

“Security Challenges Facing a New Administration”—Center for International Security Studies Annual Conference 2016

Andrew S. Erickson, “Managing U.S.-China Relations in a 21st Century World,” presented on “Asia and the Pacific” panel, “Security Challenges Facing a New Administration,” Center for International Security Studies Annual Conference, Princeton University, 22 April 2016.

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to present on 22 April 2016 at the Center for International Security Studies (CISS) […]

21 April 2016

Model Maritime Militia: Tanmen’s Leading Role in the April 2012 Scarborough Shoal Incident

Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson, “Model Maritime Militia: Tanmen’s Leading Role in the April 2012 Scarborough Shoal Incident,” Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), 21 April 2016.
This series on the leading maritime militias of Hainan Province began by examining the “rights protection” efforts of Sanya City’s maritime militia, whose exploits have given them a prominent […]

19 April 2016

CFAR 2016 Presentation Updating Award-Winning Article: “China’s Daring Vanguard, Introducing Sanya City’s Maritime Militia”

Andrew S. Erickson and Conor M. Kennedy, “China’s Maritime Militia: An Update,” one of five presentations of 2015-16 top-vote-receiving Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC) articles from set selected by the think tank’s leadership at “CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR) 2016 Forum: Maritime Security, Technology, and Foreign Policy,” CIMSEC, hosted at CNA Corporation, Arlington, VA, 24 […]

16 April 2016

How China’s Fishermen Are Fighting a Covert War in the South China Sea

Simon Denyer, “How China’s Fishermen Are Fighting a Covert War in the South China Sea,” Washington Post, 12 April 2016.
TANMEN, China — In the disputed waters of the South China Sea, fishermen are the wild card.
China is using its vast fishing fleet as the advance guard to press its expansive territorial claims in the South China […]

16 April 2016

Latest in Series Available in Chinese from Ocean 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], […]

16 April 2016

Now Published in Chinese by China’s Leading Maritime Press: “China Goes to Sea” (CMSI Vol. 3) 中国走向海洋

Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and Carnes Lord, eds., China Goes to Sea: Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspective (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, July 2009).
Reprinted in Chinese as [美]  安德鲁·S.埃里克森 (Erickson A.S.) [Andrew S. Erickson], 莱尔·J.戈尔茨坦 [Lyle J. Goldstein], 卡恩斯·洛德  [Carnes Lord], 编者 [Editors]; 董绍峰  [Dong Shaofeng], 姜代超 [Jiang Daichao] (译者) [Translators]; 中国走向海洋 [China Goes to Sea], 海洋战略与海洋强国论丛 [Maritime Strategy and […]

16 April 2016

Now Available in Chinese via Top PRC Maritime Press: “China’s Energy Strategy” (CMSI Vol. 2) 中国能源战略对海洋政策的影响

Gabriel B. Collins, Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and William S. Murray, eds., China’s Energy Strategy: The Impact on Beijing’s Maritime Policies (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2008).
Reprinted in Chinese as [美] 加布里埃尔·B.柯林斯 [Gabriel B. Collins], 安德鲁·S.埃里克森 [Andrew S. Erickson], 莱尔·J.戈尔茨坦 [Lyle J. Goldstein], 威廉·S.默里 [William S. Murray], 编者 [Editors]; 李少彦 [Li Shaoyan], 姜代超 [Jiang Daichao], 薛放 [Xue Fang], 刘宏伟 [Liu Hongwei], 译者 [Translators]; 中国能源战略对海洋政策的影响 [China’s […]

16 April 2016

First Volume in Series Available in Chinese from Ocean Press: “China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force” (CMSI Vol. 1) 中国未来核潜艇力量

Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, William S. Murray, and Andrew R. Wilson, eds.,China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2007).
Reprinted in Chinese as [美] 安德鲁·S·埃里克森 [Andrew S. Erickson], 莱尔·J·戈尔茨坦 [Lyle J. Goldstein], 威廉·S·默里 [William S. Murray], 安德鲁·R·威尔逊 [Andrew R. Wilson], (编者) [Editors]; 刘宏伟 [Liu Hongwei]  (译者) [Translator]; 中国未来核潜艇力量 [China’s Future Nuclear […]

16 April 2016

Chinese Economic Statecraft: Commercial Actors, Grand Strategy, and State Control

Great scholarship, intriguing and timely read!
William J. Norris, Chinese Economic Statecraft: Commercial Actors, Grand Strategy, and State Control (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016).

In Chinese Economic Statecraft, William J. Norris introduces an innovative theory that pinpoints how states employ economic tools of national power to pursue their strategic objectives. Norris shows what Chinese economic statecraft is, how […]