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17 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Mearsheimer’s Big Question: Can China Rise Peacefully?

Brilliant piece here by Julian Snelder. Here’s hoping that he’s able to publish more in the future!
Julian Snelder, “Mearsheimer’s Big Question: Can China Rise Peacefully?” The Lowy Interpreter, 15 April 2014.
The University of Chicago’s famed international relations theorist John Mearsheimer has generously updated, and posted free of charge, the epilogue to his legendary realist book The Tragedy [...]

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14 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

China Insights from DIA Director LtGen Flynn’s SASC Testimony

Michael T. Flynn, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, “Annual Threat Assessment,” Statement Before the Senate Armed Services Committee, United States Senate, Washington, DC, 11 February 2014.
Here are the China-relevant excerpts from Lt. Gen. Flynn’s recent testimony. I’ve bolded and underlined the ones I believe to be most interesting and important. These include:

details on China’s growing foreign military sales
confirmation that negotiations remain ongoing for Su-35 sale (I think China is especially interested in the Saturn 117S/AL-41F1A [...]

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04 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

It’s Official: China’s Official Defense Budget to Increase 12.2% in 2014 to ~$132 Billion (808.2 Billion Yuan)

“China Defense Budget to Increase 12.2% in 2014,” Xinhua, 5 March 2014.
Updated: 2014-03-05 09:18
BEIJING - China plans to raise its defense budget by 12.2 percent to 808.2 billion yuan (about $132 billion) in 2014, according to a budget report to be reviewed by the national legislature on Wednesday.
In 2013, the country spent 720.197 billion yuan on [...]

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10 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

It Changed My (Professional) Life: The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program

Andrew S. Erickson, “It Changed My (Professional) Life: The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program,” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国, 10 February 2014.
The views expressed here are solely those of the author, and do not represent the policies of any organization with which he is affiliated.
As someone well-placed to observe firsthand the tremendous [...]

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10 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Registration Open for Summer Training Workshop on the Relationship Between National Security and Technology in China, 4-10 August 2014

I can’t recommend this great event highly enough—it is an essential experience for anyone who wants to understand critical Chinese military-technological dynamics and trends. It singlehandedly validates the wisdom of establishing the Minerva Program. Be sure to register now while there’s still space available!
2014 Summer Training Workshop on the Relationship Between 
National Security and Technology [...]

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10 February 2014 ~ 1 Comment

NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs Evan Medeiros Quoted Extensively on East China Sea ADIZ & Related Issues

“U.S. ‘Could Change Military Posture’ If China Sets up Second ADIZ,” Japan Times, 1 February 2014.
… “We oppose China’s establishment of an ADIZ in other areas, including the South China Sea” where China is involved in territorial rows with Southeast Asian countries, Evan Medeiros, senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, said [...]

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10 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Full Text of Assistant Secretary Daniel Russel’s Testimony on “Maritime Disputes in East Asia”

Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, “Maritime Disputes in East Asia,” Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Washington, DC, 5 February 2014.
Noteworthy excerpts:

“we firmly oppose the use of intimidation, coercion or force to assert a territorial claim.”
East China Sea: “important to lower [...]

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10 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Jeffrey Bader: “The U.S. and China’s Nine-Dash Line: Ending the Ambiguity”

Jeffrey A. Bader, “The U.S. and China’s Nine-Dash Line: Ending the Ambiguity,” The Brookings Institution, 6 February 2014.
For the first time, the United States government has come out publicly with an explicit statement that the so-called “nine-dash line,” which the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan assert delineates their claims in the South China [...]

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29 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Remarks as Delivered by Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper on the 2014 Worldwide Threat Assessment & Full Text of Report

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Statement for the Record
Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community
Provided to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL TEXT REPORT
Download DNI Clapper’s Remarks
From pp. 21-22 of the report:
EAST ASIA
China
Chinese leaders will try to focus primarily on domestic priorities during 2014 while leveraging China’s [...]

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27 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

U.S. Navy Sees Chinese HGV as Part of Wider Threat

Bradley Perrett, Bill Sweetman, and Michael Fabey, “U.S. Navy Sees Chinese HGV as Part of Wider Threat,” Aviation Week & Space Technology, 27 January 2014.
In the view of the U.S. Navy, the Mach 10 test of a hypersonic glide vehicle that China conducted on Jan. 9 reflects its predictions of future warfare. If and when [...]

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