Philippines Choose Chinese Investment Over Territorial Defense
Duterte’s acceptance of Chinese investment in exchange for not challenging territorial claims has important security implications for the rest of Southeast Asia.
Creating Facts on the Sea: China's Plan to Establish a New City in the South China Sea
China’s behavior in the Paracels is important to analyze because of its role as a blueprint for developments in the Spratlys.
ASIA NEWS BITES: North Korea Detains US Citizen; Chinese Cadre Dismissed for Islamic Wedding; China Eyes Aircraft Carrier Boost; Tsai Approval Dips in Taiwan; Philippines Beheading
A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.
China’s Power Projection in the Western Indian Ocean
Since 2008, China has significantly increased its naval presence in the Indian Ocean, giving rise to Indian concerns of potential military encirclement and raising questions in American strategic thinking about China’s ultimate objectives.
The Modernization of the Vietnam People's Navy: Grand Goals and Limited Options
For a small and developing navy like the VPN, an understanding of naval strategy is fundamental in the face of bigger and more technologically advanced opponents.
Nuclear War on the Korean Peninsular: What the U.S. Expects from China
Today, North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is not a possibility but a reality - bringing back the possibility of a preventative strike by the U.S.
Reining in Pyongyang’s Nuclear Ambitions: Washington and Beijing’s Common Interests
China and the United States agree that the North Korean regime cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. 'It’s time for them to put aside their fears and their differences and work together,' Gregory J. Moore writes.
Costs of Chinese Boycotts Cut Both Ways
South Korea joins a growing list of countries suffering economic losses after making political or security decisions in the face of objections from Beijing
China Advances a Sea-Based Nuclear Deterrent
China’s emergent submarine-launched ballistic missile capability has long been expected. It represents a significant technical advance but still has its geographic and technical constraints.
Kashmir’s Facebook Storm; Police Round Up ‘Miscreants’ as Terrorists Run Social Media Workshops
Indian authorities are cracking down on fake social media accounts following allegations that the accounts are being used by militants based in Pakistan to incite unrest in the disputed Kashmir region
Taiwan’s Search for Security Partners: Looking Beyond Washington
While Taiwan’s defense will continue to benefit greatly from the relationship with Washington, such ties should not preclude Taiwanese efforts to look elsewhere for partners in similar strategic circumstances.
Should China Turn Its Back on North Korea?
Recent developments in North Korea’s nuclear missile capabilities suggest that it will soon join the ranks of nuclear-armed states outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, along with Israel, India, and Pakistan. These countries present a nuclear reality that the United States thus far has been prepared to live with rather than try to reverse.