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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.
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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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04 March 2016

Xinhua reports China to raise 2016 defense budget by 7-8%: announced by spokesperson Fu Ying at 12th NPC

At the National People’s Congress last March, Beijing announced a 2015 military budget of 886.9 billion yuan (~$144.2 billion), a 10.1% increase from the previous year. This year, the projected military budget increase will reportedly be lower, around 7-8%. Regardless of what other Chinese defense spending is not reflected in these figures, China clearly has […]

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25 February 2016

Kenneth Allen, Dennis Blasko & John Corbett on “The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown & Speculation” (Parts 1 & 2)

A sweeping PLA reorganization is underway, with vast, far-reaching implications! Here’s what to read on this vital subject—analysis that’s most reliable and precise.
All content posted here with explicit written permission from the publisher.
Kenneth Allen, Dennis J. Blasko, and John F. Corbett, “The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown and Speculation (Part 2),” Jamestown China Brief 16.4 […]

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17 February 2016

Tensions Ramp Up as China Deploys Missiles on Contested South China Sea Island

A modern mobile strategic SAM system, the 100-km-range HQ-9 is similar to Russia’s S-300PMU. Based on the information available, and resemblance to satellite imagery of an HQ-9 production facility near Beijing, it appears that China indeed moved two firing batteries of four launchers each to Woody Island within the past several weeks.

Please note: the HQ-9 […]

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15 February 2016

Must Watch, Don’t Be Deterred! The Official PLA Rocket Force Music Video

RAND Senior Political Scientist Dr. Michael Chase has just called a most interesting item to my attention: the PLA Rocket Force (PLARF)’s official music video (further details in Global Times article appended below). In it, the PLARF showcases its official song, in which it bills itself as “The Long Sword of a Great Power.”
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12 February 2016

Satellite Images: China Manufactures Land at New Sites in the Paracel Islands

Victor Robert Lee, “Satellite Images: China Manufactures Land at New Sites in the Paracel Islands,” The Diplomat, 13 February 2016.
Posted with author’s explicit permission.

Image Credit: Victor Robert Lee, Digital Globe & ImageSat International
Satellite images show dredging and land filling by China at two new sites in the South China Sea, both in the Amphitrite group […]

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09 February 2016

Kenneth Allen, Dennis Blasko & John Corbett on “The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown & Speculation (Part 1)”

A sweeping PLA reorganization is underway, with vast, far-reaching implications! Here’s what to read on this vital subject—analysis that’s most reliable and precise:

Kenneth Allen, Dennis J. Blasko, and John F. Corbett, “The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown and Speculation (Part 1),” Jamestown China Brief 16.3 (4 February 2016).

Note: This article is part of a two-part […]

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22 January 2016

Beijing Offers Most Comprehensive Statement to Date on New PLA Navy Logistical Facilities in Djibouti

Thanks to Nizar Manek for bringing this to my attention!
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei’s Regular Press Conference on January 21, 2016
Q: President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti announced on January 20 that a series of agreements have been signed with the Chinese side to set up a free trade zone, expand Djibouti’s role for transshipment […]

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