Strategy talks between Vietnam and the United States

by ROBERTO TOFANI Will President Obama invite his Vietnamese counterpart, Truong Tan Sang, to sample a Big Mac American-style during his visit to the United States? This past week the mainstream media have been overwhelmed by news of the forthcoming McDonald’s opening in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. This development should not have...

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Medium: This War Game is a Warning to China

My second article at Medium, “This War Game is a Warning to China“, is now up. Have at it. Apologies for the late posting, I was on vacation in the Midwest.

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Medium: Japan: Flat-Tops or Not?

  My first article at Medium is out, on Japan’s recent history of naval aviation and future prospects for aircraft carriers. You’ll find it here.

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In Wake of F-22 Ban, Japan Forging Ties with Europe (With a Warning to America)

For more than forty years, as part of an alliance with the United States, Japan was allowed access to some of the very best fighters in the world. A string of American fighters, starting with the F-86 Sabre, then the F-104 Starfighter, F-4 Phantom and finally the F-15 provided the mainstay of the Air Self...

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Vietnamese Prime Minister to Open 12th IISS Asia Security Summit

Vietnamese Prime Minister to Open 12th IISS Asia Security Summit

by ROBERTO TOFANI Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, will deliver the keynote address at the 12th IISS Asia Security Summit(1), also called the Shangri-La Dialogue, which will convene in Singapore from 31 May to Jun 2. The meeting is “a Track One security summit which brings together defense ministers, armed forces’ commanders, and the...

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Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos -- Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 2

Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos — Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 2

by ROBERTO TOFANI [Part 1 here] Discussions and debates during the one-day workshop – ‘Sovereignty over Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos: Historical and Legal Aspects’ – held in the Quang Ngai province at the end of April and organized by the Pham Van Dong University focused mostly on two topics related to the South China Sea issue: historical...

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Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos -- Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 1

Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos — Historical and Legal Aspects, Part 1

by ROBERTO TOFANI Quang Ngai – “In South China Sea—East Sea as referred by the Vietnamese–China is unable to present historical evidence of its claim. Its territory was historically limited to Hainan island, thus Chinese used force to illegally occupy rocks, features and islands in the Paracel and Spratly archipelagos”. With these remarks, Prof. Pham Dang...

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Pyongyang’s Fear of Chinese Media and What to Make of It

by SOJUNG PARK South Korea pulled out its last remaining workers from the Kaesong Industrial Complex on May 3, putting the only existing symbol of inter-Korean cooperation in jeopardy. To diffuse tensions, some have called on Seoul to send a diplomatic envoy to North Korea, but others have proposed the restoration of the United States’...

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Japan and AirSea Battle

I recently finished listening to T.X. Hammes on the Midrats podcast for the second time. If you don’t listen to Midrats you should, particularly when they address Asia/Pacific. I think Sal gets Asia wrong at times, but he and Eagle1 ask good questions. They have good guests, and they let their guests talk (sometimes on and on...

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Vietnam: New Law of the Sea Comes into Force

Vietnam: New Law of the Sea Comes into Force

by ROBERTO TOFANI With the Vietnamese Law of the Sea taking effect at the beginning of 2013, Hanoi writes another chapter on the maritime dispute in the South China Sea, referred by Vietnamese as the East Sea and by Filipinos as the West Sea. Adopted on Jun. 21 2012 with 99.8 percent of the vote...

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China Wants More (and Bigger) Aircraft Carriers

China Wants More (and Bigger) Aircraft Carriers

  by MIKE YEO Not exactly unexpected news, but a senior officer with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has said that China will have more than one aircraft carrier, and its next aircraft carrier(s) will be larger and carry more aircraft, including more fighters. China has recently completed the refurbishment of the Liaoning, a...

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Shukan Bunshun: Who is Responsible for PLAN Radar Lock-On Incident?

From the Japanese weekly magazine “Shukan Bunshun“; February 21, 2013; By Satoshi Tomizaka. Translation by a JSW/ASW pal.  (Regarding this incident here.) Who is responsible for the Chinese Navy’s radiation of Fire Control Radar (FCR)? The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs broke their silence on 8 February and released a statement in countering Japan’s accusation...

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