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03 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

East Asian Security in the Age of the Chinese Mega-Cutter

Yet another must-read by Ryan Martinson. It is quite significant that China has formed the world’s largest blue-water coast guard fleet, and added to it the world’s largest constabulary vessel by far.
Ryan D. Martinson, “East Asian Security in the Age of the Chinese Mega-Cutter,” Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), 3 July 2015.
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27 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China’s New Military Strategy: “Winning Informationized Local Wars”

In this extremely instructive article, Prof. Taylor Fravel explains that “terminology in the 2015 defense white paper indicates that China has officially changed its national military strategy. The goal of the new strategy is ‘winning informationized local wars,’ with an emphasis on the maritime domain.”
Click here to check out Taylor’s website for more more important […]

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24 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China’s New Kid on the (M&A) Block: The Chinese Insurance Sector Has the Potential to Become a Major Driver of Outbound Investment

Marc Szepan, “China’s New Kid on the (M&A) Block: The Chinese Insurance Sector Has the Potential to Become a Major Driver of Outbound Investment,” The Diplomat, 25 June 2015.
Chinese companies continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the global market for corporate control. Chinese acquirers completed cross-border deals with a total volume […]

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23 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

So You Want to Be an Indian Armed Forces Expert?

Shashank Joshi, “So You Want to Be an Indian Armed Forces Expert?” War on the Rocks, 23 June 2015.
Peter Mattis’ explanation of what one should read to be an expert on China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) made me wonder: What might a similar list look like for India-watchers? …
Each service has its own doctrine and/or strategy […]

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16 June 2015 ~ 3 Comments

Luconia Breakers: China’s New “Southernmost Territory” in the South China Sea?

Andrew Chubb, “Luconia Breakers: China’s New ‘Southernmost Territory’ in the South China Sea?” South Sea Conversations, 16 June 2015.
In a vivid illustration of how dynamic the status quo in the South China Sea can be, an apparently new Spratly island, formed by the forces of nature, has become a source of tension between China and Malaysia.
Luconia Breakers (Hempasan Bantin / 琼台礁) […]

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09 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Two-part Excerpt from Thomas Christensen’s New Book “The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power”

Be sure to read both articles, as well as Christensen’s book. They offer needed nuance regarding key dynamics concerning a vital subject in a troubling time.
Thomas J. Christensen, “China’s Military Might: The Good News,” Japan Times, 8 June 2015.
…While China’s buildup indeed creates security challenges for the U.S. and its Asian allies, the consequences are more […]

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04 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Top White House Asia Policy Adviser–NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs Evan Medeiros–to Step Down; Daniel Kritenbrink Will Replace

Evan deserves a good rest after years of tireless service!
David Nakamura, “Top White House adviser on Asia policy is stepping down,” Washington Post, 4 June 2015.
President Obama’s top adviser on Asia policy is leaving his post at a time of growing uncertainty over China’s assertive behavior in the region, raising questions over the administration’s strategy […]

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04 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Elizabeth Economy Surveys China’s Multifarious Explanations for its Actions in the South China Sea

Elizabeth C. Economy, “China’s Muddled Message on the South China Sea,” Asia Unbound, Council on Foreign Relations, 3 July 2015.
If the recent Shangri-La Dialogue demonstrated one thing—aside from the fact that Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can deliver an important speech that is both strong and subtle—it is that mitigating tensions in the South China Sea […]

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03 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A Salt Water Perspective on China’s New Military Strategy

This is truly a brilliant analysis. In just a few hundred words, it explains cogently why and how Beijing’s maritime strategy has evolved under Xi Jinping, and suggests what the future may hold for China’s efforts at sea.
Ryan Martinson, “A Salt Water Perspective on China’s New Military Strategy,” RealClearDefense, 2 June 2015.
Seasoned PLA watcher Dennis […]

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02 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

Thomas J. Christensen, The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2015).
FROM THE PUBLISHER
This compelling assessment of U.S.-China relations is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of the globalized world.
Many see China as a rival superpower to the United States and imagine the country’s […]

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01 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China’s Missed Opportunity at the Shangri-La Dialogue

Trenchant analysis by the ever-sharp Bonnie Glaser. She highlights what was indeed a missed opportunity for Beijing: Admiral Sun Jianguo’s “unwillingness to respond to any of the questions posed left the impression that China could care less about others’ concerns and will stay the course in the South China Sea regardless.” To me, the real […]

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31 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Speech by Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of PLA General Staff Department, at Shangri-La Dialogue–Full English & Chinese Texts Here

孙建国上将 [Admiral Sun Jianguo], 中国人民解放军副总参谋长 [Deputy Chief of PLA General Staff Department], “携手同护和平 共建安全亚太” [***Rough Translation***: Work Together With Care to Build a Peaceful and Secure Asia-Pacific], 在第十四届香格里拉对话会上的发言 [Speech at 14th Shangri-La Dialogue], Singapore, 国防部网 [China Ministry of National Defense Website], 31 May 2015.

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30 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The 2015 Chinese Defense White Paper on Strategy in Perspective: Maritime Missions Require a Change in the PLA Mindset

Superb analysis from Dennis Blasko on China’s recently released defense white paper on strategy. A disciplined adherent to what might be termed a strict “zero-based budgeting” approach to analysis, Blasko never makes statements that cannot be supported with extremely specific, contextualized, well-documented evidence. When he makes the bold, underlined statements below, therefore, everyone should pay […]

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