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China’s Global Power Projection Hit With 'Strategic Overdraft'
'Since coming to power in late 2012, Xi has repeatedly spun out bold and all-encompassing visions and schemes,' but Xi will need to 'prove that he can actually deliver on both his domestic and international pledges,' said Dr. Lam.
2017/05/18 | Michal Thim
ANALYSIS: Tsai’s Defense and Security Challenges Line Up in Year Two
Boosting the national defense budget, avoiding a spending blowout on submarines, watching out for aggression in the South China Sea and keeping up Taiwan’s defense from cyber attacks; chances are Taiwan’s president will be kept busy keeping the country safe in the second year of her presidency.
2017/05/16 | Joel Wuthnow
Xi's Grand Design: Recentralizing Power in the PLA
An important test of Xi's ability to manage the army bureaucracy will come over the next few years as PLA reform deepens.
2017/05/15 | Dennis J. Blasko
Shades of Gray: China is Changing the PLA’s Ground Combat Units
The long-awaited changes in the operational and tactical units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have begun with a formal announcement by President Xi Jinping (習近平) in April 2017.
Fighter-Trainers and Submarines: Taiwan's Defense Industry Turns Inward
Taiwan’s capabilities in software and IT hardware will also likely stand it in good stead when it comes to developing Taiwan’s cyber warfare capabilities.
Playing the Xi Card: Can China Influence North Korea?
The United States should seriously assess the extent to which it could accept North Korea’s temporary nuclear status. China’s concern should be whether, in the long run, it should facilitate a nuclear-free, unified Korea that is free of U.S. troops and on good terms with the United States and China.
2017/05/10 | Jenna Cody
OPINION: Don’t Delete the Generalissimo, Contextualize Him
'His legacy ought to be studied and analyzed, if only to remember the horrors and agonies of the history of this island nation, and to educate ourselves on the importance of avoiding a backslide into totalitarianism.'
Who Is Ready to Play Chicken in the East China Sea?
In the face of steadily increasing Chinese pressure, Japan is taking steps to bolster its defense and coast guard capabilities in the Southwest Islands — those territories nearest to the Senkakus.
2017/05/05 | Graham Ong-Webb
North Korea’s Nuclear Threat Must Be Taken More Seriously Than Ever
Pyongyang’s intention in using nuclear weapons would be to destroy these American bases to remove the advantage they give to South Korea’s national defense. This is why the threat of nuclear use, especially by a more brazen regime under Kim Jong-Un, needs to be taken very seriously.
2017/05/03 | Lionel Fatton
Trump Stabilized East Asia by Striking Syria
If cruise missiles may bring chaos in the Middle East, they are delivering peace in East Asia. The Trump administration’s decision to strike the Syrian regime is helping reassure Asian allies anxious over North Korea.
2017/05/03 | Mark J. Valencia
(Mis)construing China’s Threat to the South China Sea
There is obviously a disagreement over the definition of 'militarization' and who is doing it. Was the recent U.S. deployment of the Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike force into the South China Sea 'militarizing' the Sea?
2017/05/01 | The Japan Times
Why Asia is Wary of China’s New Aircraft Carrier
China's military developments are incompatible with its claim to a ‘peaceful rise' and its argument that its military buildup is aimed at self-defense.
2017/04/27 | Toshiya Takahashi
Japan's Slow March Back to State Control
Japan’s constitutional revision debate masks silent state control, writes Toshiya Takahashi.
2017/04/25 | The Japan Times
Japan and the Ability to Strike Enemy Bases
If Japan has developed capabilities to attack enemy bases, the incentive for North Korea to hit Japan before Japan hits it would be even greater.
2017/04/25 | Peter Wood
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.
2017/04/25 | Euan Graham
Three Questions About North Korea's Nuclear Weapons
A brief analysis of U.S.-North Korea relations and recent events on nuclear weapon threats.