Guest Post: Have the Dokdo Ad Wars Begun?

Guest Post: Have the Dokdo Ad Wars Begun?

Tokyo has placed ads in Japanese laying claims on ownership. Are the battle lines being set?

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Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

Japanese Cameras Catch Chinese Naval UAV Again

The Japanese MSDF once more catches a Chinese UAV in flight, but with shots of the deck, might we also learn more of the capacity of the ships carrying them?

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Did North Korean GPS Jamming Down a South Korean UAV Helicopter Drone?

Did North Korean GPS Jamming Down a South Korean UAV Helicopter Drone?

Japanese news release reports South Korean unmanned helicopter was downed, possibly due to North Korea GPS jamming.

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That Chinese ‘Grenade’ Video…

Lots of buzz on the internet recently about this video from Chinese state television purporting to show Chinese soldiers passing live explosives around as “an exercise that sharpens co-ordination, teamwork and mental strength.” I think this is wrong – one, the smoke, explosives tend not to do that any more, unless a slow fuse is involved; second, the final guy throws the satchel at his feet and not into the bunker. It seems to me that this is a public demonstration, an open day at a base perhaps, and the satchel is a dud, but the explosives in the crater are very real. This makes it considerably less dangerous (but not with risk), but also a long way from the way it is being reported by the English language media.

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/23

Monday Morning Reading for 01/23

WORLD

World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2005
US State Department

The US State Department released its World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2005 report last week with a ton of stats for you to wade through. This and future WMEAT reports will only be available online. Welcome to the future.

 

NORTH KOREA

Review Roundtable: “No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and International Security”
Toby Dalton, Jeffrey Lewis, Sue Terry, Sung-Yoon Lee and Jonathan D. Pollack [NBR]

A series of reviews of Jonathan D. Pollack’s new IISS Adelphi Paper. For those of us outside academia, the actual monograph itself will be far too expensive pick up ourselves, so this review is possibly the next best thing.

Some other good articles on the North Korea leadership transition were released last week: Peter Drysdale’s North Korean Realities at East Asia Forum and CFR’s interview with Scott A. Snyder.

 

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea’s Policy Toward China After President Lee’s Visit
Jaeho Hwang [CSIS]

Hwang gives brief overview of the recent Sino-Korean relationship and uses it to suggest that the Lee Myung-bak’s talk of a strategic cooperative relationship with China is premature.

 

JAPAN

Annual Japanese polls on views toward the U.S. out of sync
William Brooks [APP]

It’s somewhat common to pour over the details of public opinion polls on the US-Japan relationship for signs of strength or cracks, but William Brooks does just this with the Cabinet opinion poll and the recent Yomiuri-Gallup poll. What he finds is a disjuncture between the two. It makes for an interesting read as he tries to shine light on the differences.

 

BONUS VIDEO

Start your week off with a Hu Jintao serenade: [via FP Passport]

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Start your week with ASW's Monday Morning Reading, with some of the more in-depth articles we came across to keep you going throughout your working week.

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Guest Post: Asymmetry in military literacy between Japan and China

Guest Post: Asymmetry in military literacy between Japan and China

Guest post by Joe Kamishiro. A comparative perspective on the broad range of Chinese media coverage of security and military issues in contrast to the diminutive market for such coverage in Japan.

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Welcome to Asia Security Watch

Welcome Asia Security Watchers. For those who want some background on the New Pacific Institute and the launch of Asia Security Watch:

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Link: CFR – “The Pentagon Pivots to Asia”

Associate staff writer Jonathan Masters at the Council of Foreign Relations discusses the US shift towards Asia:

Many observers see the shift toward the Asia-Pacific region as a natural, if long overdue, transition for the United States as it draws down in Iraq and Afghanistan. CFR President Richard N. Haass says the U.S. “rediscovery” of East Asia and the Pacific is a welcome development after Washington’s long preoccupation with the Middle East. On ForeignPolicy.com, Patrick M. Cronin says, thus far, China has taken advantage of a light U.S. military footprint in the region. A failure to address the imbalance directly, coupled with U.S. military cuts exceeding Pentagon recommendations, “will accelerate China’s relative rise,” he cautions.

But critics suggest the U.S. move toward Asia could reinforce China’s fear of encirclement and prompt further militarization of an already unstable region. Writing in The Hill, Gen. Stephen A. Cheney and Joshua Foust of the American Security Project say the “the prospect of a major conflict with China is remote, and assuming one is inevitable poses the danger of becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy.”

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