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2020/12/01 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing To See Here”

China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.

2019/03/11 | Asia Dialogue

'My Fighting Eagles Fly Around Formosa': Is This the 'China Dream' for Taiwan?

China has steadily signaled to Taiwan that 'peaceful reunification' comes with a generous side helping of military domination.

2022/03/31 | Jonah Walters

What the Chinese and U.S. Militaries Have in Common

The convergence between Chinese and U.S military recruitment highlights an obvious, if rarely acknowledged, reality. Two of the largest standing armies in the world, the militaries have more in common than their leaders tend to admit.

2019/12/06 | East Asia Forum

Vietnam Confronts China’s Maritime Interference

Vietnam has publicly condemned China’s increasingly aggressive maritime intrusion on several occasions while its ASEAN partners are pursuing quiet diplomacy.

2021/10/26 | The Interpreter

Would a War Over Taiwan Be Legal?

International law defines statehood and provides the rules of war, but ambiguities abound in the case of Taiwan.

2019/12/27 | Deutsche Welle

China Sails New Aircraft Carrier Through Taiwan Strait

Beijing has sent its first Chinese-built aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait. With presidential elections in Taiwan weeks away, officials there have criticized the maneuvers as an intimidation tactic.

2018/11/20 |

Bump & Grind: How a US-China Naval Dispute Might Escalate

Are a Chinese navy ship's recent dangerous maneuvers close to a US navy destroyer in the South China Sea a prelude to further attempts to deter freedom of navigation operations through deliberate collisions at sea?

2020/03/05 | Voice of America

North Korea Military May Become Hotbed of Coronavirus Infections

Defectors said crowded, often unhygienic barracks and soldiers' poor diet could lead to a rapid spread of the coronavirus, which in turn could pose a serious threat to North Korea's regime stability.

2021/10/29 | The Interpreter

The Legal Case For Defending Taiwan

If a narrow interpretation of international law saw China attack Taiwan, a League of Nations-style crisis would ensue.

2022/04/11 | Voice of America

Taiwan Mulls Lengthening Military Service

Analysts believe Taiwan’s ability and commitment to defend itself has been questioned in both Beijing and Washington and improving mandatory military service would send a clear signal to both that it is prepared.

2021/01/07 | Voice of America

China Is Increasing Taiwan Airspace Incursions

By making near-daily incursions, experts say China is normalizing its aggression and militarization.

2020/10/15 | Voice of America

Experts Say Taiwan Needs More Homegrown Military Efforts

Though Washington plans a new round of weapons sales to Taiwan, defense analysts say that the country needs to further develop its domestic arms industry and enhance its reserve system.