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2016/12/23 | James Baron
Forgotten Hero: Remembering Sun Li-jen
'Indeed, dashing, brave and a natural leader of men, Sun was an immediate favorite with the British and the Americans, and one of the few Chinese commanders that the Allies saw as tactically adept. It was for these reasons that MacArthur, Rusk et al promoted Sun as the only way of staving off disaster in Taiwan.'
2016/12/21 | Cara Giaimo
How Millions of Secret Silk Maps Helped POWs Escape Their Captors in WWII
The ingenious maps played a role in some 750 successful escapes.
2016/12/20 | ZiQing Low
Trending in Taiwan Today
Today's biggest stories from around Taiwan.
2016/12/19 | Mo Tz-pin
South China Watch No.11
An overview of the past week's key developments in the South China Sea.
2016/12/19 | Tai Ming Cheung
The Rise of the Chinese National Security State Under Xi Jinping
Under Xi Jinping, domestic and external security concerns have risen to the top of China's thinking and policy priorities.
2016/12/16 | The Japan Times
The U.S. Air Base Noise Pollution Problem in Japan
The government should open talks with the United States to fully explain the plight of residents around U.S. military installations and prod it to take concrete and effective measures to reduce their hardship.
2016/12/15 | Nancy Hudson-Rodd
Decades of Denial as Rohingya Genocide Continues
Recent violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has led to an increase in the persecution of the Rohingya people, but the international community continues to turn a blind eye, Nancy Hudson-Rodd writes.
2016/12/14 | Eric Heginbotham
Here's What China's Army Will Look Like in 2026
It is highly unlikely that China today could prevail in a high-intensity conflict with U.S. forces, but China can challenge U.S. dominance at an increasing distance from the Chinese coast.
2016/12/13 | Peter Lorge
Does China Really Need an External Military?
Aside from asserting its presence on the world, the Chinese government may rely on its external military policies to achieve internal goals.
2016/12/12 | Mo Tz-pin
South China Sea Watch No. 10
An overview of the past week's key developments in the South China Sea.
2016/12/11 | Arthur Ding
China's Party-Military Relations After Xi’s Military Reforms
It is very unlikely that the military’s special status in the PRC constitution and CCP charter will be drastically changed in order to ensure greater oversight by relevant agencies of the party and state.
2016/12/07 | Christopher Lew
Complexities of Controlling the Gun: the Army's Role in Chinese Politics
'In the end, a professional and outward-looking People’s Liberation Army is a double-edged sword.'
2016/12/07 | Peter Wood
Propaganda and Progress in China's Military Reforms
China is attempting to resolve a number of issues that remain in terms of military coordination between disparate regions and between military services.
Confronting Genocide in Myanmar
Interethnic divisions in a young democracy cannot be downplayed or wished away, and it’s time Myanmar’s government and the international community acknowledge strong evidence that genocide is being perpetrated against the Rohingya and act to end it, Katherine Southwick writes.
Central Asia’s Tortured Chinese Love Affair
Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and policy towards Ukraine has made the governments of Central Asia uneasy.
How Will Trump Respond to Duterte's 'Game-Changer' in Asia?
Will Trump attend next year’s ASEAN–U.S. Summit in Manila? The decision will have far-reaching implications.
2016/11/28 | Mo Tz-pin
South China Sea Watch No. 9
An overview of the past week's key developments in the South China Sea.