Economist Debates: China's Military

Economist Debates: China’s Military

The Economist in their latest “Economist Debate” – which is a permanent feature they run where they adapt the Oxford style of debating to an online forum – have proposed the moot: “that the rise of China’s military power is a threat to East Asian stability.” You can check out the opening arguments here. The debate...

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Chinese troops in Somalia?

Chinese troops in Somalia?

A Reuters article (H/T James R. Holmes -see below) from last year contains an interesting quote in regards to anti-piracy strategy from General Chen Bingde, the chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army: For counterpiracy campaigns to be effective, we should probably move beyond the ocean and crash their bases on the land….It’s important that...

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South Korean Complaints about a Lack of Japanese Security Cooperation (from 1981)

South Korean Complaints about a Lack of Japanese Security Cooperation (from 1981)

The release of South Korean diplomatic documents from 1981 has revealed South Korean annoyance at Japanese free-riding on the US-ROK alliance during the 1970s and 1980s. The documents detail the ROK’s belief that Japanese security consciousness and burden sharing was insufficient, and that Japan should provide economic assistance in kind to offset the lack of...

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Dispatch Japan: The US "pivot" towards East Asia

Dispatch Japan: The US “pivot” towards East Asia

Peter Ennis at Dispatch Japan has wrapped-up a series on the thoughts of four important Washington DC foreign policy experts on the Obama administration’s much touted “East Asia pivot.” It makes for interesting reading. Read over some of the highlights from the interviews below and click on the links for the full interviews. Senator Jim Webb,...

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Japan's new approach to the export of arms

Japan’s new approach to the export of arms

I have provided my own translation of the official document (jp) released by the kantei at the end of my commentary – feel free to offer any thoughts on my interpretation/summary if warranted.  Recently the Japanese government decided to revise its approach to the export of certain types of ‘defense equipment’ overseas. For a detailed ‘legal’ history of...

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