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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.

17 December 2017

The Michael Chase Bookshelf: Leading-Edge Research on China’s Rocket Force and Strategic & Cross-Strait Security Issues

Professor Michael Chase, my former Naval War College colleague, has both extensive U.S. government experience and a set of publications that are well worth reading. It has been a great honor and pleasure to collaborate with him on multiple research and writing projects over the past decade. If you are a student at Georgetown or […]

13 December 2017

Routledge Releases 2nd Edition of Handbook of Asian Security Studies; Offers Chapters on Key Regional Issues, Including “China’s Maritime Ambitions”

Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Maritime Ambitions,” in Sumit Ganguly, Andrew Scobell, and Joseph Liow, Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies, 2nd ed. (New York: Routledge, 2017), 100-114.
Introduction
Maritime forces are on the leading edge of China’s military modernization, both programmatically and geographically. They offer vital tools for to achieve progressively diminishing ripples of control in the […]

30 November 2017

“The China Questions: Critical Insights into a Rising Power”—Published by Harvard University Press to Commemorate Fairbank Center’s 60th Anniversary

Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi, eds., The China Questions: Critical Insights into a Rising Power (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017).
Published to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies with 36 chapters contributed by its faculty and affiliates, The China Questions presents the most important issues in the fields of […]

28 November 2017

The Prof. William Murray Bookshelf: Keen Insights into China’s Military Buildup & Taiwan’s Defense Options

U.S. Naval War College Professor William Murray’s scholarship on the military development and capacities of mainland China and Taiwan is path-breaking, sobering, and thought-provoking. While others have worked hard to address these important issues, Prof. Murray’s scholarship is exemplary in its ability to distill complex and often misunderstood military operational issues to their essential dynamics […]

24 November 2017

CMSI Director Peter Dutton’s Pioneering Scholarship on China’s Maritime Legal Approaches, Sovereignty Claims, Activities, and Geostrategy

For over a decade, Naval War College professor and China Maritime Studies Institute director Peter A. Dutton has played a leading role in analyzing and interpreting China’s disputed island and maritime sovereignty claims, efforts to promote them, and broader geostrategic goals and trajectory. He has done so for the scholarly and policy communities, the U.S. […]

16 November 2017

U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission releases 2017 Annual Report

2017 Report to Congress of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, 15 November 2017.
Click here to read the full text.
Report PDFs: 
2017 Annual Report
2017 Executive Summary and Recommendations.pdf
Comprehensive List of the Commission’s Recommendations.pdf
 
Chapters: 
Chapter 1, Section 1 – Year in Review – Economics and Trade.pdf
Chapter 1, Section 2 – Chinese […]

14 November 2017

Latest & Greatest: The Complete China Maritime Militia Bookshelf

INFORMATION & ANALYSIS CONCERNING CHINA’S MARITIME MILITIA:

Tracking China’s “Little Blue Men”—A Comprehensive Maritime Militia Compendium
Rarely is a topic so little recognized and so little understood, yet so important and so amenable to research using Chinese-language open sources… To increase awareness and understanding of this important subject, here is a convenient compendium of major publications and […]

06 November 2017

Ronald O’Rourke’s Latest Congressional Research Service (CRS) 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, RL33153 (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 1 November 2017).
If you have trouble accessing the website above, please download a cached copy here.
 
Summary
China since the early to mid-1990s has been steadily building a modern and powerful navy. China’s navy in recent years has emerged as […]

06 November 2017

China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) Launches Website—Great Research Resources!

Visit CASI’s website.
Read PLA Aerospace Power: A Primer on Trends in China’s Military Air, Space, and Missile Forces.
Access useful research sources & links.
CASI’s Mission
“Everything that Flies”
CASI’s mission is to advance understanding of the capabilities, development, operating concepts, strategy, doctrine, personnel, organization, and limitations of China’s aerospace forces, which include: the PLA Air Force (PLAAF); PLA […]

01 November 2017

Japan MoD Releases White Paper: Defense of Japan 2017—Mentions China Maritime Militia, 2nd After U.S. DoD to Do So

Japan Defense White Paper mentions China Maritime Militia (p. 95):

Part of China’s Armed Forces
Xi visited
SCS ops.

FN 51-54:

Xi visited in 2013
Incidents include 2009 Impeccable & 2014 HYSY-981 oil rig
DefMin Chang visited in 2016
ADM Swift stressed w/ADM Wu

 
DEFENSE OF JAPAN 2017
Click here to download the EPUB Version.
Foreword
Special Feature 1
The 10th Anniversary of the Reorganization into Ministry of […]

31 October 2017

New CRS Report—“The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Military Options and Issues for Congress”

Kathleen J. McInnis, Andrew Feickert, Mark E. Manyin, Steven A. Hildreth, Mary Beth D. Nikitin, and Emma Chanlett-Avery, The North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Military Options and Issues for Congress R44994 (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 27 October 2017).
If you can’t access the link, click here to download a copy.
Summary
North Korea’s apparently successful July 2017 […]

29 October 2017

Full Text of Xi Jinping’s 19th National Party Congress Work Report & Related Documents

On this we should all agree: the historic Work Report that Xi Jinping delivered at China’s 19th National Party Congress on 18 October 2017 bears careful reading.
 
To that end, here’s the official Chinese-language text:
习近平, “决胜全面建成小康社会 夺取新时代中国特色社会主义伟大胜利——在中国共产党第十九次全国代表大会上的报告,” 2017年10月18日.
(In case you cannot access the link above or do not wish to do so, please scroll to […]

26 October 2017

New CSIS ChinaPower Podcast: “China’s Maritime Militia: A Conversation with Andrew Erickson”

“China’s Maritime Militia: A Conversation with Andrew Erickson,” podcast interview with Bonnie Glaser, ChinaPower Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC, 26 October 2017.
Click here to listen to the half-hour-long podcast.
In this episode, Professor Andrew Erickson joins us to discuss the origin and role of China’s maritime militia. Our conversation traces the history […]

23 October 2017

O’Rourke’s Latest CRS Report—“China’s Maritime Territorial & Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes”—Compiles Reporting on Maritime Militia

Ronald O’Rourke, Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, R42784 (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 16 October 2017).
 
KEY EXCERPTS:
1972 CONVENTION ON PREVENTING COLLISIONS AT SEA (COLREGs)………………………………… 14
p. 14
1972 Convention on Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs)
China and the United States, as well as more than 150 other countries (including all those bordering on […]

09 October 2017

Register Now for Jamestown’s 7th Annual China Defense & Security Conference: Wednesday 11 October at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

The Jamestown Foundation’s 7th Annual China Defense & Security Conference
 
DATE AND TIME
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
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LOCATION
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Root Conference Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
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ABOUT THE EVENT 
Over the past two years the Chinese Military’s activity in the East China Sea has increased dramatically. Meanwhile, the joint theater commands created […]

09 October 2017

Christopher L. Mercado Reviews “Rebalancing U.S. Forces” in Strategy Bridge/RealClearDefense

Christopher L. Mercado; 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); published originally in Strategy Bridge, republished in RealClearDefense, 2 October 2017.
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“The U.S. has lost,” President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines announced during a visit to Beijing in […]

09 October 2017

Dr. Gregory P. Gilbert Reviews “Chinese Naval Shipbuilding” for International Journal of Maritime History/Australian Naval Institute

Gregory P. Gilbert, “Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: Ambitious, Uncertain”; review of Andrew S. Erickson, ed., Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2016); prepared originally for International Journal of Maritime History, published online via the Australian Naval Institute, 23 September 2017.
“… the international security environment is undergoing a shift from the familiar post-old Cold […]

26 September 2017

Here’s Ronald O’Rourke’s Latest Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report: “China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress”

Happy to see my colleagues Peter Dutton and Ryan Martinson quoted in this recently-published report!
Ronald O’Rourke, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress, RL33153 (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 18 September 2017).
Summary
China since the early to mid-1990s has been steadily building a modern and powerful navy. China’s navy in recent years has emerged […]

26 September 2017

Read Ronald O’Rourke’s Updated Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report—“China’s Maritime Territorial & Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes”

Ronald O’Rourke, Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes Involving China: Issues for Congress, R42784 (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 15 September 2017).
 
KEY EXCERPTS:
p. 14
1972 Convention on Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs)
China and the United States, as well as more than 150 other countries (including all those bordering on the South East and South China Seas other […]