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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.

08 August 2017

The Ryan Martinson Bookshelf–A Treasure Trove of China Civil Maritime Insights

For analysis of Chinese maritime policy and China Coast Guard development, it simply doesn’t get any better than this. Enjoy this one-stop library of my colleague Ryan Martinson’s work. It’s well worth reading all 19 of these superb publications!
Ryan D. Martinson and Katsuya Yamamoto, “How China’s Navy Is Preparing to Fight in the ‘Far Seas’,” The National Interest, […]

02 August 2017

Worth Reviewing: Harvard’s Vast Resources for China Research

Research Guide for Chinese Studies



Reference Tools
Maps/ Images
Harvard-Yenching Library Archival Materials
Useful Links

This guide provides an introduction to selected electronic resources for Chinese studies.  Any suggestions, questions or comments, please contact Xiao-he Ma  or Sharon Li-shiuan Yang .  Thanks!

Harvard-Yenching Library Homepage
Harvard-Yenching Library Collections 
Harvard-Yenching Library Newspaper Collection
Harvard College Library Homepage
Harvard Library Portal
Harvard Mobile

Fong Prize

 2017 Fong […]

30 July 2017

China Parades New Missile in Warning to Rivals Abroad—and at Home

Jeremy Page, “China Parades New Missile in Warning to Rivals Abroad—and at Home,” Wall Street Journal, 30 July 2017.
Military display is latest effort by President Xi Jinping to improve standing as party leadership shuffle looms
China unveiled a new, more mobile intercontinental ballistic missile at a parade of advanced weaponry and combat troops, in President Xi […]

24 July 2017

Whither China’s Nuclear Submarine Production Capacity? Retired Naval Officer/Intelligence Analyst Offers Exquisite Assessment (Text, Photos, Open Source Lessons)

Christopher Carlson, “Why Everyone Is Wrong about China’s Next-Gen Submarines,” The National Interest, 23 July 2017.
Christopher Carlson is a retired naval officer and scientific and technical intelligence analyst specializing in naval warfare issues. He retired from the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2010 as a senior intelligence officer overseeing the production of technical intelligence products and […]

24 July 2017

Chinese Navy Article Suggests “Far Seas” Ambitions, Reasons for Rapid Construction of Large Warships (Like Type 055 Cruiser)

A thought-provoking analysis of China’s potential ambitions regarding distant waters and rationale for its recent spate of large warship construction. As the authors rightly imply: While warships may be used in practice for many purposes, including humanitarian cooperation, they are extremely expensive and challenging to acquire, maintain, and ultimately retire. National leaders typically make the […]

24 July 2017

Read Now If You Haven’t Already: “Three PLAN Officers May Have Just Revealed What China Wants in the South China Sea”

If you haven’t yet read this fascinating and revealing analysis, I strongly recommend that you do so immediately!
Ryan Martinson and Katsuya Yamamoto, “Three PLAN Officers May Have Just Revealed What China Wants in the South China Sea,” The National Interest, 9 July 2017.
Chinese strategy in the South China Sea is expansionary in aim, incremental by […]

20 July 2017

Naval War College Seeks Two Assistant/Associate/Full Professors: Security Studies & Naval Warfare Analysis

Here’s a great opportunity for two scholars to join a world-class research community in a prime location. Do you (or someone you know) have years of experience in warfare analysis, excellent critical thinking skills, and a desire to work closely with the best in the field? Getting tired of a Beltway commute or working from […]

18 July 2017

Featured in Latest Issue of Survival: “Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course”

Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course
Andrew S. Erickson, ed. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2016. $39.95. 357 pp.
“According to the editor, China’s naval shipbuilding industry is an overlooked element in the country’s overall growth strategy and policy goals. The contributors – comprising sailors, scholars and industry professionals – seek to assess China’s prospects […]

11 July 2017

From Management Crisis to Crisis Management? Japan’s Post-2012 Institutional Reforms and Sino-Japanese Crisis (In)Stability

My latest peer-reviewed article has just been published in the newest print issue of Journal of Strategic Studies. I coauthored it with Professor Adam P. Liff of Indiana University. We address the important but under-studied subjects of Japan’s National Security Council (NSC), its post-2012 institutional reforms, and Sino-Japanese crisis (in)stability. In doing so, we analyze the […]

03 July 2017

In Loving Memory: The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report

Through June 2017, the China Real Time Report (中国实时报) website offered pithy insights from Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones reporters as well as from a team of specialized “expert contributor” commentators knowledgeable about the latest developments in such fields as Chinese law, policy, economics, and culture. It was my great honor to be a member […]

03 July 2017

Full Text of National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) 2017 “Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat” Report

National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, 2017).
Click here to read the full text of the report. 
Issued four years after the previous iteration, this detailed report is to be welcomed. Perhaps due to the vagaries of bureaucratic processes, it may not mesh perfectly with other official statements, but […]

15 June 2017

“Chinese Naval Shipbuilding” Reviewed in Ausmarine Magazine

Review of Andrew S. Erickson, ed., Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2016), Ausmarine (May/June 2017): 60.
For nearly two centuries until recently, China went mostly backwards in terms of maritime activity. However, since around 2000, it has powered ahead to the point that it has become the world’s biggest […]

07 June 2017

New Pentagon China Report Highlights the Rise of Beijing’s Maritime Militia

Andrew S. Erickson, “New Pentagon China Report Highlights the Rise of Beijing’s Maritime Militia,” The National Interest, 7 June 2017.
Pentagon experts have finally keyed in on one of the most important aspects of China’s strategy to dominate the waterways of the Asia-Pacific.
Issued yesterday, the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on China’s military and security developments contains a […]

07 June 2017

China Attacks Pentagon Report, Laments U.S. “Cold War Mentality”

Josh Chin, “China Attacks Pentagon Report, Laments U.S. ‘Cold War Mentality’,” Wall Street Journal, 7 June 2017.
Beijing dismisses Defense Department warning about Chinese military’s ambitions outside Asia
… The Pentagon report… for the first time examined China’s “maritime militia,” a growing civilian fleet staffed by military-trained fishermen that Beijing uses for “low-intensity coercion” in defending its […]

06 June 2017

Pentagon Releases 2017 China Military Report—First Official U.S. Government Public Assessment to Cover China’s Maritime Militia

In a long-overdue and welcome breakthrough, the Pentagon’s latest report on China’s Military and Security Developments contains substantial content on China’s Maritime Militia.
Previously, China’s Maritime Militia was mentioned by Ronald O’Rourke in his Congressional Research Service report and by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which recommended that the Department of Defense address this […]

06 June 2017

U.S. Department of Defense Annual Reports to Congress on China’s Military Power—2002-17—Download Complete Set Here

Since I couldn’t find a single-source location on the Internet, I decided to make my own. Now you can download PDFs of the Department of Defense’s China reports directly by year:
Additionally, here are some highlights from, and analysis of, several of the most recent reports:
Andrew S. Erickson, “How Good Are They? The Latest Insights Into […]

06 June 2017

U.S. Department of Defense Annual Report to Congress—“Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2017”—Click here to read the full text report

Click here to read the full text of the 2017 report.
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2017 (Arlington, VA: Department of Defense, 6 June 2017).

05 June 2017

Coming Later in 2017: Harvard University Press to Publish Fairbank Center Volume on “The China Questions”

This volume commemorates the 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, forthcoming December 2017).
From the Publisher:
About the Editors
Jennifer Rudolph is Associate Professor of modern Chinese political history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Michael Szonyi is Professor of Chinese History at Harvard University.
About the Book
Many books […]

04 June 2017

China’s Resource Drive into the South China Sea

Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange, “China’s Resource Drive into the South China Sea,” in Timothy C. Lehmann, ed., The Geopolitics of Global Energy: The New Cost of Plenty (New York: Lynne Rienner, 2017), 131-52.
China’s consistently high economic growth in the postreform era has been accompanied by burgeoning energy demands that make Beijing […]