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11 March 2013

New Fleet on the Block: China’s Coast Guard Comes Together

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “New Fleet on the Block: China’s Coast Guard Comes Together,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 11 March 2013.
In a move with significant implications for territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas, the Chinese government announced on Sunday that it plans to centralize bureaucratic control over its […]

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04 March 2013

China’s Military Budget Bump: What it Means

Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Military Budget Bump: What it Means,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 5 March 2013.
… This year’s increase to the military budget is similar to the 11.2% increase in 2012. As Princeton’s Adam Liff and I document in a forthcoming article for The China Quarterly (pdf preview), those growth […]

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28 January 2013

The Y-20: China Aviation Milestone Means New Power Projection

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “The Y-20: China Aviation Milestone Means New Power Projection,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 28 January 2013.
Escorted by a J-15 fighter and numbered “20001,” China’s domestically-produced Y-20 transport aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight on Jan. 26 at the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)’s China Flight Test Establishment in […]

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04 January 2013

Eye on China: 10 Key Trends to Watch in the Year of the Snake

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “Eye on China: 10 Key Trends to Watch in the Year of the Snake,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 4 January 2013.
As 2013 dawns, following a year of policy uncertainty and leadership transition, China looms large as a key force that will shape global economic and security events. This shaping will […]

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27 November 2012

China Aircraft Carrier Style! Assessing the First Takeoff and Landing

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “China Aircraft Carrier Style! Assessing the First Takeoff and Landing,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 27 November 2012.
Two months after China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning was commissioned, and a year and a half after it began sea trials, a Chinese J-15 fighter became the first known fixed wing aircraft to take off […]

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04 November 2012

Taking Off: Implications of China’s Second Stealth Fighter Test Flight

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “Taking Off: Implications of China’s Second Stealth Fighter Test Flight,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 3 November 2012.
China’s fighter aircraft development efforts appeared to take another leap forward after local media reported that Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) had successfully tested its J-31 stealth fighter prototype this week. Following the […]

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17 October 2012

Delicate Touch: Flight Operations Begin on China’s First Aircraft Carrier

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “Delicate Touch: Flight Operations Begin on China’s First Aircraft Carrier,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 17 October 2012.
Less than a month after China officially commissioned the Liaoning, its first aircraft carrier, photos appearing to show aircraft operating over the carrier have raised a host of questions, including how […]

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08 October 2012

New Destroyer a Significant Development for Chinese Sea Power

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “New Destroyer a Significant Development for Chinese Sea Power,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 8 October 2012.
Now that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned its first aircraft carrier and may be looking to assemble one or more carrier groups over time, what about the rest of the fleet?
One […]

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25 September 2012

Introducing the “Liaoning”: China’s New Aircraft Carrier and What it Means

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “Introducing the ‘Liaoning’: China’s New Aircraft Carrier and What it Means,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 25 September 2012.
China’s first aircraft carrier, now referred to as the “Liaoning” by China’s Ministry of National Defense, has been officially “delivered and commissioned” to China’s navy, according official Chinese media. […]

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18 September 2012

Double Vision: Making Sense of China’s Second “Stealth” Fighter Prototype

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “Double Vision: Making Sense of China’s Second ‘Stealth’ Fighter Prototype,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 18 September 2012.
As if U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta didn’t have enough to contend with on his current China visit, photos leaked online on Sunday suggest Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC) is making substantial […]

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06 September 2012

Geography Rules: Why Mongolia’s China Mining Strategy is a Mistake

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “Geography Rules: Why Mongolia’s China Mining Strategy is a Mistake,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 6 September 2012.
In May 2012, the Mongolian parliament passed a law requiring parliamentary approval for foreign investors to take a stake larger than 49% in enterprises in strategic sectors such as mining […]

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24 August 2012

China’s Ballistic Missiles: A Force to be Reckoned With

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “China’s Ballistic Missiles: A Force to be Reckoned With,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 24 August 2012.
China dislikes U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) developments, existing and potential. Ballistic missiles have long represented one of China’s greatest military strengths, and it does not want them, or the nuclear weapons that […]

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07 June 2012

Like it or Not: State Oil Company Becomes ‘Flag’ in South China Sea

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “Like it or Not: State Oil Company Becomes ‘Flag’ in South China Sea,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 7 June 2012.
Update: “Long Tao” is apparently a pseudonym, most likely for Dai Xu. Dai is a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) colonel (not a senior colonel) and hence […]

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14 May 2012

Is China About to Get Its Military Jet Engine Program Off the Ground?

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “Is China About to Get Its Military Jet Engine Program Off the Ground?” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 14 May 2012.
Tensions in the South China Sea—most recently with the Philippines—and Beijing’s unease about Washington’s renewed strategic focus on Asia are likely to strengthen calls from the People’s Liberation […]

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04 March 2012

China’s Defense Spending Dilemma

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “China’s Defense Spending Dilemma,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 5 March 2012.
China’s always-controversial defense budget announcement will attract particular notice this year.
While the U.S. implements potentially dramatic cuts to its defense spending growth, China is robustly increasing its military spending, which is officially set to grow at a clip […]

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02 March 2012

Benefits for China in New East African Resource Rush

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “Benefits for China in New East African Resource Rush,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 2 March 2012.
A new great game is afoot as recently uncovered stores of mineral resources in East Africa create competition between Brazilian, Japanese, Indian, Irish, Anglo-Australian and Chinese investors. …
Bottom line: East Africa’s emerging […]

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10 February 2012

China’s New Challenge: Protecting Its Citizens Abroad

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “China’s New Challenge: Protecting Its Citizens Abroad,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 10 February 2012.
Recent incidents in which a total of 54 Chinese citizens working in Sudan and Egypt were abducted — with one killed during a rescue attempt — highlight the increasing risks Chinese expatriates face as […]

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26 January 2012

Chinese Traders Poised to Profit From Iran Oil Embargo

Gabe Collins and Andrew Erickson, “Chinese Traders Poised to Profit From Iran Oil Embargo,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 26 January 2012.
Europe’s decision to embargo Iranian oil exports is strategically sound, since a nuclear-armed Iran is in no one’s interest. Yet, policymakers are overlooking how an embargo may strategically reshape the global oil […]

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23 January 2012

Year of The Water Dragon: 12 Chinese Maritime Developments to Look for in 2012

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, “Year of The Water Dragon: 12 Chinese Maritime Developments to Look for in 2012,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 23 January 2012.

China has now entered the Year of the Dragon. According to traditional geomancy, for the first time since 1952, the year will be associated […]

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