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14 May 2016

Obama Pentagon’s Last China Report: Covers Most Bases Commendably, But Misses Maritime Militia

Andrew S. Erickson, “Obama Pentagon’s Last China Report: Covers Most Bases Commendably, But Misses Maritime Militia,” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国, 14 May 2016.
The end of an era… Friday’s Department of Defense (DoD) report to Congress on Chinese military and security developments is the last issued under the Obama Administration. Amid geopolitical uncertainty, it was a respectable […]

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13 May 2016

Key Quotes, Data & Themes from 2016 U.S. Department of Defense Report on China’s Military & Security Developments

A hefty report at 145 pages! Highly informative, well worth a read. It documents a rapidly developing Chinese military and paramilitary, inspired by a far-reaching “China Dream,” in the throes of ambitious reforms.
Major missed opportunity: no mention of Maritime Militia whatsoever. On that vital topic, you’re still stuck with this next-best analysis.
Key Quotations from text […]

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13 May 2016

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Briefs the Media—Watch Abraham Denmark unveil 2016 DoD China report:

Click here to watch the live webcast.

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11 May 2016

PLA Recruiting Ad: The Rap Video—Annotated Translations by Dr. Kevin Jensen & Prof. Mark Metcalf

PLA Recruiting Ad: The Rap Video
中国军网发布2016征兵宣传片:战斗宣言
Click here to watch on YouTube
酷炫的征兵宣传片一部满足不了你?我们给你一打!征兵宣传片混剪,最精彩的画面、最具血性的镜头都在这里,看完它,你就是下一位军营男神!
Background and summary from South China Morning Post:
‘Just waiting for the order to kill, kill, kill’: China’s military tries to woo young recruits with slick video featuring rock and rap soundtrack

Excerpts from video translated by Kevin A. Jensen, Ph.D., former Assistant Professor of Chinese, United […]

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09 May 2016

Managing the U.S.-Philippine Alliance under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte Will Require Understanding “Ambivalent Alignment”: The Complex Politics of American Security Ties in Post-Authoritarian East Asia

In the Philippines, America’s colonial legacy casts a long shadow. The military-basing agreement between the United States and the Philippines following its independence, due to expire in 1991, drew increasing Filipino elite opposition in the 1980s. In June 1991, Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption destroyed Clark Air Base. U.S. and Filipino negotiators could not agree on a […]

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06 May 2016

Water Resource Competition in the Brahmaputra River Basin: China, India, and Bangladesh

Nilanthi Samaranayake, Satu Limaye, and Joel Wuthnow, Water Resource Competition in the Brahmaputra River Basin: China, India, and Bangladesh (Arlington, VA: CNA, May 2016).
Abstract
The Brahmaputra River originates in China and runs through India and Bangladesh. China and India have fought a war over contested territory through which the river flows, and Bangladesh faces human […]

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03 May 2016

Want Cutting-Edge China Maritime Insights? Then Take a Read through The Complete Ryan Martinson Bookshelf!

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:
 
Ryan D. Martinson, “The 13th Five-Year Plan: A New Chapter in China’s Maritime Transformation,” Jamestown China Brief, 12 January 2016. 
Ryan D. Martinson, “Deciphering China’s Armed Intrusion Near […]

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28 April 2016

Does China Have an Aging Problem? Yes, a China-sized One! Staggering Specifics from Dr. Huang Yanzhong & CSIS’s ChinaPower Project

China’s rapid aging and increasingly-imbalanced demographics will increasingly represent a headwind and downside risk on major aspects of its development and accretion of national power.
Read this seminal multimedia report to learn more about these pivotal population trends:
“Does China Have an Aging Problem?” ChinaPower, Center for Strategic & International Studies, 21 April 2016.
Does China have an […]

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16 April 2016

Chinese Economic Statecraft: Commercial Actors, Grand Strategy, and State Control

Great scholarship, intriguing and timely read!
William J. Norris, Chinese Economic Statecraft: Commercial Actors, Grand Strategy, and State Control (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2016).

In Chinese Economic Statecraft, William J. Norris introduces an innovative theory that pinpoints how states employ economic tools of national power to pursue their strategic objectives. Norris shows what Chinese economic statecraft is, how […]

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07 April 2016

FMPRC Spokesperson Lu Kang Apparently Denies Maritime Militia’s Role in “Rights Protection”—But China Daily Has Already Confirmed It, and China Military Online Republished Confirmation

This is an instance in which the saying “You can’t un-ring the bell” would appear to apply…
During Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang’s Regular Press Conference on 7 April 2016, the following exchange occurred (key quotations underlined):
Q: Over the past few years, there have been frequent confrontations between fishing boats from China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam […]

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05 April 2016

China’s Goldwater-Nichols? Assessing PLA Organizational Reforms

Phillip C. Saunders and Joel Wuthnow, China’s Goldwater-Nichols? Assessing PLA Organizational Reforms (Washington, DC: Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University, April 2016).
The Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSCMA), part of National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies, has just published INSS Strategic Forum 294—“China’s Goldwater-Nichols? Assessing PLA Organizational Reforms.” […]

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07 March 2016

China Expands Land Filling at North Island in the Paracels—Satellite Images Also Show Dredging of a New Harbor Basin

Victor Robert Lee, “China Expands Land Filling at North Island in the Paracels—Satellite Images Also Show Dredging of a New Harbor Basin,” The Diplomat, 7 March 2016.
Posted with the author’s permission.

Satellite imagery from March 2nd, 2016 shows a marked expansion of China’s dredging and land filling at North Island in the Paracels. The newly manufactured […]

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04 March 2016

China Announces 7.6% Budget Increase to $146.67 Billion (954.35 Billion Yuan): Comprehensive Context & Analysis

At the National People’s Congress (NPC), Beijing announced a 2016 military budget of $146.67 billion (954.35 billion yuan), an increase of 7.6% from last year’s budget.
Regardless of what other Chinese defense spending is not reflected in these figures, China clearly has the world’s second largest economy and the world’s second largest military budget.
Balanced, sustainable […]

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