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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.

02 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power

Thomas J. Christensen, The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2015).
FROM THE PUBLISHER
This compelling assessment of U.S.-China relations is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of the globalized world.
Many see China as a rival superpower to the United States and imagine the country’s […]

02 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

So You Want to Be a PLA Expert?

Peter Mattis, “So You Want to Be a PLA Expert?” War on the Rocks, 2 June 2015.
One of the challenges of developing a good sense of how the PLA functions is that there are so few places to go for regularly appearing analysis that draws on Chinese sources. Instead of being able to go to […]

01 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

William D. Bushnell Reviews “Rebalancing U.S. Forces” in Military Officer

William D. Bushnell,  review of  Carnes Lord and Andrew S. Erickson, eds., Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2014); in Military Officer (May 2015): 23.
Military Officer is the monthly publication of the Military Officers Association of America.
“In view of strict fiscal constraints, the closure of many U.S. bases overseas, America’s focus […]

01 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

China’s Missed Opportunity at the Shangri-La Dialogue

Trenchant analysis by the ever-sharp Bonnie Glaser. She highlights what was indeed a missed opportunity for Beijing: Admiral Sun Jianguo’s “unwillingness to respond to any of the questions posed left the impression that China could care less about others’ concerns and will stay the course in the South China Sea regardless.” To me, the real […]

31 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Speech by Admiral Sun Jianguo, Deputy Chief of PLA General Staff Department, at Shangri-La Dialogue–Full English & Chinese Texts Here

孙建国上将 [Admiral Sun Jianguo], 中国人民解放军副总参谋长 [Deputy Chief of PLA General Staff Department], “携手同护和平 共建安全亚太” [***Rough Translation***: Work Together With Care to Build a Peaceful and Secure Asia-Pacific], 在第十四届香格里拉对话会上的发言 [Speech at 14th Shangri-La Dialogue], Singapore, 国防部网 [China Ministry of National Defense Website], 31 May 2015.

30 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The 2015 Chinese Defense White Paper on Strategy in Perspective: Maritime Missions Require a Change in the PLA Mindset

Superb analysis from Dennis Blasko on China’s recently released defense white paper on strategy. A disciplined adherent to what might be termed a strict “zero-based budgeting” approach to analysis, Blasko never makes statements that cannot be supported with extremely specific, contextualized, well-documented evidence. When he makes the bold, underlined statements below, therefore, everyone should pay […]

30 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Speech by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at IISS Shangri-La Dialogue: 
“A Regional Security Architecture Where Everyone Rises”


SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ASH CARTER, 
“A REGIONAL SECURITY ARCHITECTURE WHERE EVERYONE RISES,” 
IISS SHANGRI-LA DIALOGUE, SINGAPORE, SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
Thank you, John, for that kind introduction. And thank you for sponsoring this remarkable forum. Over its history, IISS has hosted invaluable conversations like the Shangri-La Dialogue and produced important scholarship. Through it all, you’ve made […]

29 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

ChinaFile Conversation: Did the Game Just Change in the South China Sea? (And What Should the U.S. Do About It?

Yanmei Xie and Andrew S. Erickson, “Did the Game Just Change in the South China Sea? (And What Should the U.S. Do About It?),” A ChinaFile Conversation, The Asia Society, 29 May 2015.
As the 14th annual Asia Security Summit—or the Shangri-la Dialogue, as it has come to be known—gets underway in Singapore, we asked contributors to […]

28 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review Essay and Resource Guide on the People’s Liberation Army

I stand by my blurb most enthusiastically: “Uncertainty and limited data have left too much of PLA studies an artisanal hodgepodge. Peter Mattis helps bring the field into the information age with this invaluable resource. Required reading for all serious analysts of China security and students of qualitative methodology.”
Peter Mattis, Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review […]

26 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

State Council Information Office Issues “China’s Military Strategy”—Beijing’s 1st White Paper on Military Strategy

China’s Military Strategy (Beijing: State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China, May 2015).
中国的军事战略 [China’s Military Strategy]
(Beijing: 中华人民共和国国务院新闻办公室 [State Council Information Office, PRC], May 2015).
Full Text: China’s Military Strategy
(Source: Xinhua)   2015-05-26
Sr. Col. Yang Yujun, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), briefs on China’s first white paper […]

24 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Chris Cavas of Defense News Offers Key Takeaways from CMSI’s Conference on “China’s Naval Shipbuilding: Progress and Challenges”

Christopher P. Cavas, “China’s Navy Makes Strides, Work Remains to Be Done,” Defense News, 24 May 2015.
NEWPORT, R.I. — It’s no secret that China has embarked on a major modernization and expansion plan for its Navy, and its aggressive building program, coupled with the placing in service of more modern submarines, an aircraft carrier, destroyers […]

20 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

More Willing and Able: Charting China’s International Security Activism

Ely Ratner, Elbridge Colby, Andrew Erickson, Zachary Hosford, and Alexander Sullivan, More Willing and Able: Charting China’s International Security Activism (Washington, DC: Center for a New American Security, May 2015).
The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Asia-Pacific Security Program has released a new report, More Willing and Able: Charting China’s International Security Activism. The report examines China’s […]

11 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

What Does the Pentagon Think about China’s Rising Military Might?

Andrew S. Erickson, “What Does the Pentagon Think about China’s Rising Military Might?” The National Interest, 11 May 2015.
Originally published as: Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Emerging Competitive Edge: Pentagon Report Reveals Regionally-Potent Military with Growing Reach Beyond,” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国, 9 May 2015.
It’s that time of year again. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) […]