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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 July 2015 ~ 1 Comment

People’s Daily Online: China’s new generation 12000 ton coast guard ship can “destroy a 5000 ton ship and sink it to the sea floor”

China’s New Generation of Coast Guard Ship is Powerful
By Jiaxin Li (People’s Daily Online)    01:14, July 29, 2015

China’s new generation of the 12,000 ton coast guard ship is designed to be used for law enforcement at sea and preventing foreign vessels from getting closer to our ship. The design of the main body of this vessel is […]

27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Right Over Might: Keeping the South China Sea a Peaceful Part of the Global Commons

Andrew S. Erickson, “Keeping the South China Sea a Peaceful Part of the Global Commons,” The National Interest, 27 July 2015.
Andrew S. Erickson is an associate professor at the Naval War College and an associate in research at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. This article is based on Dr. Erickson’s oral Testimony before […]

27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China SignPost™ (洞察中国) #92: “Peaking Prematurely? China Commodity Peaks May Emerge Sooner Than Expected”

Gabriel B. Collins and Andrew S. Erickson, “Peaking Prematurely? China Commodity Peaks May Emerge Sooner Than Expected,” China SignPost™ (洞察中国) 92 (27 July 2015).

 

Peak China? Not yet. Peak Party? No. Peaks in demand for, and production of, specific commodities? You bet! Here’s our take…
For much of the period since 2000, China-centric commodity analysis focused like […]

27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

NWC Expert Warns U.S. House of South China Sea Challenges

Daniel L. Kuester, “NWC Expert Warns U.S. House of South China Sea Challenges,” Naval War College Public Affairs Office, 27 July 2015.
Similar version published in Seapower Magazine.

Andrew S. Erickson, associate professor at NWC in the China Maritime Studies Institute testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific during its hearing on […]

25 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Chairman Salmon’s Opening Statement—Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Hearing: “America’s Role in Ensuring Stability and Security in the South China Sea”

Chairman Salmon’s Opening Statement, As Prepared for Delivery
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
“America’s Role in Ensuring Stability and Security in the South China Sea”
Thursday, July 23, 2015 | 2:00 pm
Overlapping territorial claims of the South China Sea have been a source of international friction since 2009, and it’s no secret that China’s claims […]

24 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

12:00 Noon, Capitol Hill Forum 24 July (Today): “Follow the Dragon Tracks: China’s Emerging Presence from the South China Sea to Facilities Access in the Indian Ocean”

July 24, 12:00 Noon, Capitol Hill Forum featuring Dr. Andrew Erickson
Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s
Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum
 
From:
Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II                        Suzanne Scholte
Chairman, Defense Forum Foundation                            President, DFF
 
Luncheon Topic:
“Follow the Dragon Tracks: China’s Emerging Presence
from the South China Sea to Facilities Access in the Indian Ocean”
Speaker: Dr. Andrew Erickson, Associate Professor, Naval War College 
When: Friday, July 24, 2015, […]

23 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

My Testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Hearing on “America’s Security Role in the South China Sea”

Andrew S. Erickson, Testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Hearing on “America’s Security Role in the South China Sea,” Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 23 July 2015.
Click here to download testimony.
Full text of testimony appended below:
 
23 July 2015
Andrew S. Erickson
Associate Professor
China Maritime Studies Institute
U.S. Naval War […]

23 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia-Pacific Hearing: “America’s Security Role in the South ‪China‬ Sea”

Click here for live webcast and witness statements and bios. 
“America’s Security Role in the South ‪China Sea,” hearing by House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific | 2172 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 | Jul 23, 2015 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Witnesse
Patrick M. Cronin, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor and Senior Director
Asia-Pacific Security Program
Center for […]

19 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Trolling for History from China’s New Purpose-Built Ship: Archaeology and the South China Sea

Andrew S. Erickson and Kevin Bond, “Archaeology and the South China Sea,” The Diplomat, 20 July 2015.
A new maritime archaeology vessel is another component in China’s strategy for the South China Sea.
Recently, Vietnamese and Western media resumed reporting on China’s HD-981 oil rig, after it was redeployed to disputed waters, dredging up memories of the […]

19 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Six Years at Sea… and Counting: Gulf of Aden Anti-Piracy and China’s Maritime Commons Presence

Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange, Six Years at Sea… and Counting: Gulf of Aden Anti-Piracy and China’s Maritime Commons Presence (Washington, DC: Jamestown Foundation, 2015).
SUMMARY
Well over six years of Chinese anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden have directly supported People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) modernization goals and provided invaluable experience operating in distant waters. […]

19 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Michael Raska Reviews “Rebalancing U.S. Forces” in Contemporary Southeast Asia

Michael Raska, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University; 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); Contemporary Southeast Asia 37.1 (2015): 146-49.
Can the United States rely on its land bases, major naval surface combatants, and above all, its […]

11 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China SignPost™ (洞察中国) #91: “Djibouti Likely to Become China’s First Indian Ocean Outpost”

Gabriel B. Collins and Andrew S. Erickson, “Djibouti Likely to Become China’s First Indian Ocean Outpost,” China SignPost™ (洞察中国) 91 (11 July 2015).

 

China is now laying the diplomatic and legal foundations for a long-term naval presence in Djibouti, with a range of recent media reports alleging that Beijing is negotiating for naval access in the country. […]

09 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

CMSI Conference—“China’s Naval Shipbuilding: Progress and Challenges”—My Personal Summary of Discussion

Andrew S. Erickson, Personal summary of discussion at “China’s Naval Shipbuilding: Progress and Challenges,” conference held by China Maritime Studies Institute at U.S. Naval War College, Newport, RI, 19-20 May 2015.
CHINA MARITIME STUDIES INSTITUTE (CMSI) CONFERENCE
“CHINA’S NAVAL SHIPBUILDING: PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES”
PERSONAL SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION BY ANDREW S. ERICKSON
THIS IS A COMPILATION OF MY OBSERVATIONS FROM THIS CONFERENCE […]