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Andrew S. Erickson China's rapid development is reshaping the world in all dimensions. Chinese language open sources offer insights into these critical trends. While such materials are increasing constantly in number, diversity, and sophistication, only a fraction is available in English. The analyses available here, many based on sources not previously considered outside China, are designed to help bridge that gap--and thereby increase understanding of the most dynamic great power in the international system today.

18 May 2016

How Good Are They? The Latest Insights Into China’s Military Tech

Andrew S. Erickson, “How Good Are They? The Latest Insights Into China’s Military Tech,” War on the Rocks, 18 May 2016.
It’s that time of year again, and the end of an era. On Friday, the Obama Administration released the last annual Pentagon China report under its watch. Working the China military observers’ graveyard shift this […]

17 May 2016

From Frontier to Frontline: Tanmen Maritime Militia’s Leading Role—Part 2

Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson, “From Frontier to Frontline: Tanmen Maritime Militia’s Leading Role—Part 2,” Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), 17 May 2016.
Tanmen Militia’s Leading Role in the 2014 Haiyang Shiyou (HYSY)-981 Oil Rig Standoff, Spratly Features Construction, and Beyond
Our series on the leading maritime militias of Hainan Province continues with this second installment […]

15 May 2016

Pentagon Report Aims to Lay Out Chinese Military Goals

Andrew S. Erickson, “Pentagon Report Aims to Lay Out Chinese Military Goals,” China Real Time Report (中国实时报), Wall Street Journal, 15 May 2016.
With things heating up in the South China Sea and across the Taiwan Strait, Washington just attempted to shine some badly needed light on Beijing’s military efforts.
On Friday, the Pentagon released its 15th annual report to Congress […]

14 May 2016

The Pentagon’s 2016 China Military Report: What You Need to Know

Andrew S. Erickson, “The Pentagon’s 2016 China Military Report: What You Need to Know,” The National Interest, 14 May 2016.

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 final contribution. Nevertheless, it suffers from an unfortunate shortcoming. […]

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 […]

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 […]

13 May 2016

U.S. Department of Defense Annual Report to Congress—“Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2016”—Click here to read the full text report

Click here to read the full text of the 2016 report.

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.

13 May 2016

U.S. Department of Defense Annual Reports to Congress on China’s Military Power—2002-16—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:
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
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Additionally, here are some highlights from, and analysis of, several of the most recent reports:
2015
Andrew S. Erickson, “What Does the Pentagon Think about China’s Rising […]

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 […]

11 May 2016

Tomorrow: “Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference,” Jamestown Foundation, Thurs. 12 May 2016

“Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference,” sponsored by Jamestown Foundation, to be held at The University Club of Washington, DC, 12 May 2016.
The Jamestown Foundation, publisher of the noted China Brief, is proud to announce that the Sixth Annual China Defense and Security Conference will be held on May 12th. The conference will feature […]

10 May 2016

China’s Expanding Ability to Conduct Conventional Missile Strikes on Guam

Jordan Wilson, China’s Expanding Ability to Conduct Conventional Missile Strikes on Guam (Washington, DC: U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, 10 May 2016).
Executive Summary
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) perceives that its legitimacy in the eyes of China’s citizens is based, in part, on its ability to demonstrate that it is capable of strengthening the […]

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 […]