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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Pop Culture: Asia Invades America

Pop Culture: Asia Invades America

America is a nation that likes to worry about unrealistic — occasionally silly — things. One only needs to look to American television and shows like “Doomsday Preppers” to see that. Unlike other countries, America has been largely untouched by Doomsdays for more than 150 years– total war, national-level disaster, pandemic — but that doesn’t...

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Senkakus/Diaoyu Islands Standoff De-Escalates

When China describes something as a “core interest”, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. A core interest is exactly what it sounds like — something that China views as essential to China’s economy and security. Perhaps more importantly the core interest label tends to denote something that China believes is not open to...

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Robert Farley and Taylor Fravel on China

ASW Twitter pals Robert Farley and Taylor Fravel appeared on Bloggingheads yesterday together to discuss Chinese internal politics, the Bo Xilai affair, the South China Sea, Air Sea Battle, and the possibility of conflict with China. It’s 50 minutes long but well worth your while, so fix yourself a drink and find yourself a comfortable...

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Jianghu on the Rocks

Jianghu on the Rocks

A Chinese frigate has gotten itself stuck in a bind — or rather, a shoal — in the South China Sea. According to the Sydney Morning Herald: The frigate pinned itself to a reef last night at Half Moon Shoal, on the south-eastern edge of the Spratly Islands, and remains “thoroughly stuck”, according to Western...

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North Korea Can't Really Turn Seoul Into a "Sea of Fire"

North Korea Can’t Really Turn Seoul Into a “Sea of Fire”

For more than a decade, conventional wisdom has held that North Korea could subject the South Korean capital of Seoul to devastating artillery attack. With a greater metropolitan population of 24,000,000, Seoul has the largest population density of all the OECD countries, eight times more dense than New York City, and three times more dense than...

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Robert Kelly: “What if Ron Paul Won”–Japan and South Korea

J/ASW pal Robert Kelly, assistant professor at Pusan National University and CNN contributor, has a series of posts at Asian Security Blog speculating on how a Ron Paul presidency would affect U.S. relations with a variety of its neighbors and traditional allies. Regarding Japan, Robert says in part: The real reason for [U.S. Forces Japan]...

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The Great North Korean Nuke Pool of 2012 [Updated 4/23]

The Great North Korean Nuke Pool of 2012 [Updated 4/23]

 North Korea is rumored to be preparing for  a third nuclear test. Think you can guess what the explosive yield will be? You’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the Great North Korean Nuke Pool of 2012. Rules 1. Anyone may enter. 2. One entry/yield per person. 3. Two persons per yield. 4. Persons...

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Regional Giants: Soviet Union, 1985 | China, 2012

Regional Giants: Soviet Union, 1985 | China, 2012

Power #1, the Soviet Union, spanned two continents for more than seven decades. It held substantial forces in the Far East to fortify against two other powers, the United States and China. The former was a superpower with a slight technological edge reliant on sea and air power combined with overseas basing, the latter heavy...

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Japan's Space Agency to Take On National Security Role

Japan’s Space Agency to Take On National Security Role

Japan’s answer to NASA – JAXA – is slated to add defense and intelligence tasks to its traditionally civilian role. Kyodo explains: A government panel on space program strategy plans to revise a law to allow the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to step outside its current commitment to peaceful projects and become involved in the use of...

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