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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.

26 April 2017

China Launches First Home Built Aircraft Carrier, Boosting Naval Power

Jeremy Page, “China Launches First Home Built Aircraft Carrier, Boosting Naval Power,” Wall Street Journal, 26 April 2017.
Beijing’s second carrier will undergo two years of trials before becoming operational
BEIJING—China launched its second aircraft carrier—and the first one entirely home-built—taking another stride in its quest for a world-class navy that can protect Chinese economic and security interests […]

25 April 2017

Marking the Launch of Beijing’s First Homebuilt Hull: The China Aircraft Carrier Bookshelf

Ronald O’Rourke, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 29 March 2017), RL33153.
p. 18
Aircraft Carriers and Carrier-Based Aircraft59
China has begun operating its first aircraft carrier—the Liaoning, a refurbished ex-Ukrainian aircraft carrier that entered service in 2012. China is well along with the construction of a second carrier (China’s […]

25 April 2017

Just Published in the Spring 2017 issue of International Security: “Correspondence: How Good Are China’s Antiaccess/Area-Denial Capabilities?”

Andrew S. Erickson, Evan Braden Montgomery, Craig Neuman, Stephen Biddle, and Ivan Oelrich, “Correspondence: How Good Are China’s Antiaccess/Area-Denial Capabilities?” International Security 41.4 (Spring 2017): 202-13.
Spring 2017, Vol. 41, No. 4, Pages: 202-213
Posted Online April 25, 2017.
(doi:10.1162/ISEC_c_00278)
© 2017 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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25 April 2017

Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: Measuring the Waves—An interview with Andrew S. Erickson

Shannon Tiezzi, “Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: Measuring the Waves—An interview with Andrew S. Erickson,” The Diplomat, 25 April 2017.
After a six-century hiatus, sea power development may once again find its center of gravity in the Asia-Pacific. While the Trump Administration plans a naval buildup, China is already well into a buildup of its own. A new […]

24 April 2017

Ronald O’Rourke’s Latest Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report—on China’s Maritime Territorial and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Disputes—documents China Maritime Militia Activity

The latest edition of the following report addresses China Maritime Militia (CMM) activity specifically, offering more coverage than the previous edition of 8 June 2016. It’s long overdue for reports from the Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency, Office of Naval Intelligence, and other organizations charged with issuing specific public estimates added their own authoritative statements […]

24 April 2017

Newest Edition of Ron O’Rourke’s Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report: “China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress”

Happy to see my colleagues Peter Dutton, Ryan Martinson, and Conor Kennedy cited so extensively in this report!
Ronald O’Rourke, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 29 March 2017), RL33153.
Summary
China is building a modern and regionally powerful navy with a limited but growing capability for conducting operations beyond […]

22 April 2017

Top Vote-Getting Articles Announced from Annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors & Readers (CFAR) Competition

CFAR 2017: And the Speakers Are….

Scott Cheney-Peters, “CFAR 2017: And the Speakers Are….,” Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), 20 April 2017.
We’re happy to announce the following speakers for the 2017 CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers (CFAR) on May 1st, top vote-getters in their respective categories.  Congratulations to the authors, presenters, and all the nominees!
(The subjects covered in this […]

19 April 2017

Harvard Fairbank Center Welcomes New Executive Director

Fairbank Center Welcomes New Executive Director

Photo: Director Michael Szonyi with newly appointed Executive Director Dan Murphy
 
Fairbank Center Welcomes New Executive Director
Apr 17, 2017 | News, Outreach
Dan Murphy, former Program Director at the Yale Center Beijing, appointed new Executive Director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China Fund.
中文版本请见网页下方
 
From the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies:
The Fairbank […]

11 April 2017

Register Now for CMSI Conference: “China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations”—May 2-3, 2017—Naval War College

 
China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations
China Maritime Studies Institute
U.S. Naval War College
McCarty Little Hall Auditorium
Newport, Rhode Island
May 2-3, 2017

We are pleased to announce that on 2-3 May the College’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) will hold an academic conference concerning “China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations.” Led by an assembly of top-caliber experts from around the College […]

10 April 2017

Hainan’s Maritime Militia: Development Challenges and Opportunities, Pt. 2

Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson, “Hainan’s Maritime Militia: Development Challenges and Opportunities, Pt. 2,” CIMSEC, 10 April 2017.
As it works to improve its maritime militia, Hainan Province is engaged in multiple lines of effort. It confronts many of the same multifarious challenges that other provinces face in constructing their own maritime militia forces. […]

08 April 2017

CIMSEC Announces Nominees for CFAR 2017

Scott Cheney-Peters, “CFAR 2017 NOMINEES – VOTE NOW!” CIMSEC, 8 April 2017.
 
CIMSEC announces the following nominees for CFAR 2017:
 
1. CNA CATEGORY NOMINEES
Becoming a Great Maritime Power: A Chinese Dream
Mike McDevitt, CNA
Naval Coercion and Escalation Control in South Asia
Ryan W. French, CNA
The Future of U.S.-India Naval Relations
Nilanthi Samaranayake, CNA
Use of Unmanned Systems by the Russian Military
Samuel […]

31 March 2017

Water Wars: Cooperation “of the Right Time, in the Right Place and with the Support of the People”

Jared Dummitt and Eliot Kim, “Water Wars: Cooperation ‘of the Right Time, in the Right Place and with the Support of the People’,” Lawfare Blog, 31 March 2017.
Analysis, Commentary, and Additional Information
Several analysts have described an increasing trend towards the mobilization of non-Navy forces in the South China Sea. Andrew Erickson of the U.S. Naval War […]

29 March 2017

The China Aircraft Carrier Bookshelf

Minnie Chan, “China Building Navy’s Biggest Amphibious Assault Vessel, Sources Say,” South China Morning Post, 29 March 2017.
“… Another source said that after visit his visit to see the Type 075 [Landing Helicopter Dock next-generation large amphibious assault vessel] under construction, [PLA Navy Commander] Vice-Admiral Shen [Jinlong] also inspected progress on the new Type 002 […]

29 March 2017

CMSI Conference: “China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations”—May 2-3, 2017—Naval War College

China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations
China Maritime Studies Institute
U.S. Naval War College
McCarty Little Hall Auditorium
Newport, Rhode Island
May 2-3, 2017

We are pleased to announce that on May 2-3, 2017, the Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) will hold an academic conference in Newport, RI on the topic of “China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations.” The conference […]

26 March 2017

Hainan’s Maritime Militia: China Builds a Standing Vanguard, Pt. 1

Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson, “Hainan’s Maritime Militia: China Builds a Standing Vanguard, Pt. 1,” Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), 26 March 2017.
Reprinted as “Hainan’s Maritime Militia: A Standing Vanguard,” with Conor M. Kennedy, The Maritime Executive, 29 March 2017.
Through the U.S. Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute, the authors have […]

24 March 2017

CMSI China Maritime Report #1: “China’s Third Sea Force, The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia: Tethered to the PLA”

Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson, China’s Third Sea Force, The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia: Tethered to the PLA, China Maritime Report 1 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, March 2017).
  

China’s Third Sea Force,
The People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia:
Tethered to the PLA
 
Conor M. Kennedy and Andrew S. Erickson[1]
 
China Maritime Report […]

24 March 2017

China Open Source Example: Shipyard Details Sansha Maritime Militia Vessel with “Weapons and Equipment Room” (武备库) and “Ammunition Store” (弹药库)

Andrew S. Erickson, “China Open Source Example: Shipyard Details Sansha Maritime Militia Vessel with ‘Weapons and Equipment Room’ (武备库) and ‘Ammunition Store’ (弹药库),” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国, 24 March 2017.
SUMMARY OF DOCUMENT:
“2015年12月西江船厂58.5米灯光罩网渔船交船” [Xijiang Shipyard’s 58.5 Meter Light Trap Falling-net Fishing Vessel Delivered in December 2015], Taicheng Shipyard, 12 December 2015. Original URL: http://www.tcship.com/news-show.php?lm=1&id=20.
Guangzhou […]

21 March 2017

Peter Hore Reviews “Chinese Naval Shipbuilding” in Warships: International Fleet Review

Peter Hore, “China Reaches for Maritime Manifest Destiny,” includes review of Andrew S. Erickson, ed., Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2016); Warships: International Fleet Review (April 2017): 47-48.
“It highlights the rapid growth in China’s shipbuilding industry and points out, however, that Beijing has made uneven progress and suffers from […]

15 March 2017

China’s Navy Gets a New Helmsman (Part 2): Remaining Uncertainties

Andrew S. Erickson and Kenneth Allen, “China’s Navy Gets a New Helmsman (Part 2): Remaining Uncertainties,” Jamestown China Brief 17.4 (14 March 2017).
Part 1 of this series discussed Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong’s background, meteoric rise, and recent promotion to PLAN Commander. However, his appointment raises a number of questions about his role in the PLA Navy’s modernization, […]