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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.

15 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A Classic Reference with Renewed Relevance: Download “The PLA as Organization v2.0”!

Kevin Pollpeter and Kenneth W. Allen, eds., The PLA as Organization v2.0 (Vienna, VA: Defense Group Inc., 2015).
This is an updated version of the earlier classic reference volume:
James C. Mulvenon and Andrew N. D. Yang, eds., The People’s Liberation Army as Organization Reference Volume v1.0, CF-182-NSRD (Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2002).
This book is the product […]

15 December 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Naval War College Seeks Greater Middle East-focused Naval Warfare Analyst

Here’s a great opportunity to join a world-class research community in a prime location. Do you have years of experience in warfare analysis, excellent critical thinking skills, and a desire to work closely with the best in the field? Getting tired of a Beltway commute or working from a remote location, and/or want to have […]

05 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Academy of Military Science Researchers: “Why We Had to Develop the Dongfeng-26 Ballistic Missile”—Bilingual Text, Analysis & Related Links

China Youth Daily occasionally has in-depth articles not available elsewhere that detail otherwise-obscure aspects of Chinese development of major weapons systems. On pp. 32-33 of my book on China’s anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) development, for instance, I quote extensively from a fascinating article, published on China Youth Daily’s online portal in 2006 and subsequently removed, […]

03 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Necessity, Reality: Maintaining Freedom and Peace at Sea

Andrew S. Erickson, “Necessity, Reality: Maintaining Freedom and Peace at Sea,” S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Commentary CO15235, South China Sea Series, 5 November 2015.
The morning of 27 October witnessed the latest of what is likely to be multiple future Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPS) by the United States in the South China Sea. […]

30 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

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

Ronald O’Rourke, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 23 November 2015), RL33153.
China is building a modern and regionally powerful navy with a limited but growing capability for conducting operations beyond China’s near-seas region. Observers of Chinese and U.S. military forces view China’s improving naval capabilities as posing a potential […]

29 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Asan Institute Book Launch: “Assessing China’s Power”—Thurs. 3 December 3:00-4:30PM, 1211 Connecticut Ave., Washington, DC

Asan Book Launch
“Assessing China’s Power”
edited by
Professor of International Relations
Director of the Program on US-China Relations
Seoul National University
hosted by
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Date / Time: Thursday, December 3, 2015 / 3:00-4:30PM
Location: 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW-8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036
Contact: Eileen Block (asaninstdc@asaninst.org / 202-464-6017)
Click here to register.
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies […]

25 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Correspondence in International Security: “Looking for Asia’s Security Dilemma”

“Correspondence: Looking for Asia’s Security Dilemma,” International Security 40.2 (2015), 181-204; Ronan Tse-min Fu, David James Gill, and Eric Hundman respond to Adam P. Liff and G. John Ikenberry’s fall 2014 article, “Racing toward Tragedy? China’s Rise, Military Competition in the Asia Pacific, and the Security Dilemma.”
Ronan Tse-min Fu
Ronan Tse-min Fu is a doctoral candidate […]

24 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

U.S. AFRICOM Commander GEN David Rodriguez, USA Confirms: China Signed 10-Year Contract for Military Logistics Hub in Djibouti—Beijing’s 1st-Ever Overseas “Base”/Facility

Djibouti… it’s finally official!
U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) Commander General David Rodriguez, U.S. Army, has just confirmed that China has signed a 10-year contract for a military logistics hub in Djibouti. This makes the African desert nation home to Beijing’s first-ever overseas military facility, however modest, or “base” in common parlance. “They are going to build a […]

22 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Managing U.S.-China Relations? Challenging. Picking a Good Guidebook? Easy: The China Challenge

Andrew S. Erickson, “Managing U.S.-China Relations? Challenging. Picking a Good Guidebook? Easy: The China Challenge,” The National Interest, 23 November 2015.
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Book Review: A unique window into the U.S.-China relationship that should not be missed.
Rigorous, measured, readable scholarship is always in insufficient supply generally. It is particularly […]

18 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Releases 2015 Report to Congress

Click here to read the press release accompanying the report’s roll out.
The full text of the report is available here.
Click here to view individual sections of the report.
2015 Annual Report to Congress of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session (Washington, DC: USCC, 17 November 2015).
Report PDFs: 
2015 Annual Report […]

17 November 2015 ~ 1 Comment

China’s Turn Toward Regional Restructuring, Counter-Intervention: A Review of Authoritative Sources

Timothy Heath and Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s Turn Toward Regional Restructuring, Counter-Intervention: A Review of Authoritative Sources,” Jamestown China Brief 15.22 (16 November 2015): 3-8.
Note: This piece is based on a longer article published in The Washington Quarterly (Fall 2015, available here).
Beginning after the global financial crisis in 2008, and transforming further with Xi Jinping’s ascent to power in 2012, […]

12 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

“China’s Naval Shipbuilding: Progress and Challenges”— CMSI Conference—Event Write-up & Summary of Discussion

CAPT (SC) Harry Switzer, USNR (Ret.) and Andrew S. Erickson, “China Maritime Studies Institute,” The Bridge: The Magazine of the Naval War College Foundation 19 (Fall 2015): 9, 32.
In recent years, China’s navy has been launching new ships like dumping dumplings into the broth.” This phrase has circulated widely in Chinese media sources and websites.
To […]

10 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

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