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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.

29 September 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Asahi Shimbun Profiles CMSI and its Four Core Scholars

“中国軍の台頭どう分析” [How to Analyze the Rise of China’s Military], 朝日新聞 [Asahi Shimbun], 26 August 2014, 10.

28 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Hong Kong—Now What?

Thanks to Xiaoyu Pu for leading me to this prescient piece. 
David Schlesinger, Mei Fong, and Nicholas Bequelin, “Hong Kong—Now What?” A ChinaFile Conversation, 2 September 2014. 
David Schlesinger:
Hong Kong’s tragedy is that its political consciousness began to awaken precisely at the time when its leverage with China was at its lowest ebb. 
Where once China needed Hong [...]

28 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Does Global Times/环球时报 Provide Reliable Coverage of Hong Kong Protest Issues?

On 29 September, Global Times published an article (pasted partially below here, and in full still further below) citing subject matter expert(s) as stating that, should the Hong Kong Police prove unable to control the protests, there would be no legal obstacles to People’s Armed Police crossing the border from the Mainland to stabilize the situation. [...]

28 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Hong Kong’s Unprecedented Protests and Police Crackdown, Explained

Thanks to Xiaoyu Pu for directing me to these sources.
Max Fisher, “Hong Kong’s Unprecedented Protests and Police Crackdown, Explained,” Vox, 28 September 2014.
Protest marches and vigils are fairly common in Hong Kong, but what began on Friday and escalated dramatically on Sunday is unprecedented. Mass acts of civil disobedience were met by a shocking and swift [...]

23 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

China’s Naval Modernization: The Implications of Seapower

Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Naval Modernization: The Implications of Seapower,” World Politics Review, 23 September 2014.
This month, the heads of the world’s navies and coast guards converged on the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, for the International Seapower Symposium (ISS). ISS assembles distinguished international naval leaders to enhance common bonds of friendship and to [...]

23 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Now Published in Chinese by China’s Top Maritime Press: “China, the United States, and 21st Century Sea Power” (CMSI Vol. 4) 中国, 美国与21世纪海权

Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and Nan Li, eds., China, the United States, and 21st Century Sea Power: Defining a Maritime Security Partnership (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2010).
[美] 安德鲁·S·埃里克森 [Andrew S. Erickson], 莱尔·J·戈尔茨坦 [Lyle J. Goldstein], 李楠 [Li Nan], 主编 [Editors]; 徐胜 [Xu Sheng], 范晓婷 [Fan Xiaoting], 王琦 [Wang Qi], 万芳芳 [Wan Fangfang], 黄南艳 [Huang Nanyan], [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. to become Commander, U.S. Pacific Command

“Harris tapped to lead PACOM,” Navy Times, 22 September 2014.
Adm. Harry Harris is the president’s pick for the next head of U.S. Pacific Command, according to a Monday release from the Defense Department.
Harris, who commands the Pacific Fleet, has been nominated to relieve current PACOM boss Adm. Samuel Locklear as head of American forces from [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Military Basing Scholar Dr. Robert Harkavy Reviews “Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific”

Robert E. Harkavy, “Basing and the Pivot,” Review Essay, Naval War College Review 67.4 (Autumn 2014): 147-50.
Dr. Harkavy is currently emeritus professor of political science at Pennsylvania State University and visiting research professor at the University of Kiel, Germany.
This excellently edited volume of essays, most contributed by Naval War College faculty, is devoted to the [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Should America Fear China’s “Carrier-Killer” Missile?

Robert Farley, “Should America Fear China’s ‘Carrier-Killer’ Missile?” The National Interest, 22 September 2014.
The DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) has generated a tremendous amount of interest over the past five years. If it works, it poses a very serious threat to U.S. Navy (USN) carriers, as well as to the other advanced warships of the USN, of the [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Naval War College Museum Book Lecture: “Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific”

Andrew S. Erickson, “Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific,” Eight Bells Book Lecture, Naval War College Museum, Newport, RI, 4 September 2014.
A cornerstone of American sea power and force projection is the maintenance of basing and access agreements that are presently in place in the Pacific region. Often taken for granted, [...]

17 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Making History in Newport: Head of China’s Navy Admiral Wu Shengli Leads First-Ever Delegation to Naval War College’s International Seapower Symposium

Yao Jianning, ed., “Wu Shengli Flies to US for International Seapower Symposium,” Liberation Army Daily, 16 September 2014.
At the invitation of Jonathan Greenert, chief of the Naval Operations of the U.S., Wu Shengli, member of the China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) and commander of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), left Beijing on September [...]

11 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Summary Report from Latest Carlisle PLA Conference: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025

Excellent conference report from Lincoln Hines! It was an honor for me to serve as a discussant at the conference, and I can attest that he has summarized the key points well. For anyone who hasn’t yet had a chance to read them, I highly recommend the other conference reports and books in this series.
Mr. [...]

11 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Power to the Provinces: The Devolution of China’s Maritime Rights Protection

Keep an eye out for more great publications from Ryan Martinson! I can personally attest to his exquisite Chinese language and analysis ability.
This time, Ryan offers timely insights on a vital yet curiously-understudied topic. Check out the table he’s compiled here of the latest additions to China’s rapidly-strengthening and -expanding civil maritime forces!
Ryan Martinson, “Power [...]