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22 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

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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20 January 2016 ~ 1 Comment

Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025: Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships

Michael J. Green, Kathleen H. Hicks, Mark F. Cancian, Asia-Pacific Rebalance 2025: Capabilities, Presence, and Partnerships (Washington, DC: Center for Strategic & International Studies, 19 January 2016).
An Independent Review of U.S. Defense Strategy in the Asia-Pacific
Contributors: Ernest Bower, Victor Cha, Heather Conley, Zack Cooper, Ryan Crotty, Melissa Dalton, Bonnie Glaser, Rebecca Hersman, Murray Hiebert, Christopher Johnson, Thomas Karako, […]

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02 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Remarks on Chinese Test Flight to Newly-Built Airport on Fiery Cross Reef/Yongshu Jiao in Spratly Islands

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Remarks on Test Flight to Newly-Built Airport on Yongshu Jiao of China’s Nansha Islands
Q: It is reported that the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson made a statement on January 2, expressing Vietnam’s protest against China’s test flight to a newly-built airport on Yongshu Jiao of the Nansha Islands. What is your […]

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17 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Thriller with a Purpose: “Red Phoenix Burning” by New York Times bestselling authors Larry Bond & Chris Carlson

This page-turning, technically informed novel has a serious purpose. It allows us to imagine the day when the tyrannical Kim Jong-un regime is vanquished and all Korean people enjoy freedom, including the freedom to reunify their great nation. Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down, and I doubt you will be […]

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15 December 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Naval War College Seeks Greater Middle East-focused Naval Warfare Analyst

Here’s a great opportunity to join a world-class research community in a prime location. Do you have years of experience in warfare analysis, excellent critical thinking skills, and a desire to work closely with the best in the field? Getting tired of a Beltway commute or working from a remote location, and/or want to have […]

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05 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Academy of Military Science Researchers: “Why We Had to Develop the Dongfeng-26 Ballistic Missile”—Bilingual Text, Analysis & Related Links

China Youth Daily occasionally has in-depth articles not available elsewhere that detail otherwise-obscure aspects of Chinese development of major weapons systems. On pp. 32-33 of my book on China’s anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) development, for instance, I quote extensively from a fascinating article, published on China Youth Daily’s online portal in 2006 and subsequently removed, […]

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24 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

U.S. AFRICOM Commander GEN David Rodriguez, USA Confirms: China Signed 10-Year Contract for Military Logistics Hub in Djibouti—Beijing’s 1st-Ever Overseas “Base”/Facility

Djibouti… it’s finally official!
U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) Commander General David Rodriguez, U.S. Army, has just confirmed that China has signed a 10-year contract for a military logistics hub in Djibouti. This makes the African desert nation home to Beijing’s first-ever overseas military facility, however modest, or “base” in common parlance. “They are going to build a […]

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10 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

U.S. Department of Defense Annual Reports to Congress on China’s Military Power—Download Complete Set Here

Since I couldn’t find a single-source location on the Internet, I decided to make my own. Now you can download PDFs of the Department of Defense’s China reports directly by year:
Additionally, here are some highlights from, and analysis of, several of the most recent reports:
Andrew S. Erickson, “What Does the Pentagon Think about China’s Rising […]

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01 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Insights on U.S. South China Sea FONOPS from Two Leading Maritime Law Experts

Among a growing torrent of writings on U.S. Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) in the South China Sea, here are two of the most insightful pieces. Authored by Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute Director Prof. Peter Dutton and CDR Jonathan Odom of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies—both of whom have deep knowledge […]

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01 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Maritime Militia, Dead Ahead!—Looks Like China’s Irregular Maritime Forces Were Operating in Pre-Planned Roles Near USS Lassen During its Recent FONOP

In a just-published Defense News article, Chris Cavas has made an important contribution to our understanding of the operations and applications of China’s too-long-understudied irregular maritime forces. The forces he describes are almost certainly neither ordinary merchant ship operators nor random fishermen, but rather Chinese Maritime Militia operating in pre-planned roles in conjunction with USS Lassen’s recent FONOP. Coincidence? […]

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29 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Are you a Scholar of China, Russia, Greater Middle East, Nuclear, or Cyber Security Issues? Then Consider Applying for One of These Open Rank Professorships at Navy’s Senior Academic, Research, and Gaming Institution

Here are multiple great opportunities to join a world-class research community where scholarship and policy come together daily in a prime seaside location. The oldest continuing institution of its kind in the world, and the U.S. Navy’s “Home of Thought,” the Naval War College educates and develops leaders, helps define the future Navy and associated […]

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26 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) Conducts Freedom of Navigation Operation within 12 Nautical Miles of Subi Reef (a Low-Tide Elevation)

My initial thoughts:
Beyond 500 meters of low-tide elevations (LTEs)—features naturally below water at high tide—foreign ships and aircraft are free to operate at will without consultation or permission, as USS Lassen has just done near Subi Reef. Unlike rocks or islands, under international law, LTEs such as Subi are not entitled to the 12 nautical […]

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01 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China’s First Domestic Aircraft Carrier Almost Certainly Under Construction

Quack, Quack, Quack! Looks like CV001A’s taking shape in Dalian!
Sam LaGrone, “China’s First Domestic Aircraft Carrier Almost Certainly Under Construction,” USNI News, 30 September 2015.
China has quietly begun construction on its first domestic aircraft carrier in the same northern Chinese shipyard that refurbished the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s current Soviet-era carrier, USNI News has learned.
Several […]

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