reconnaissance
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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China's J-20 Stealth Fighter Still Far From Stealthy

China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Still Far From Stealthy

The newest round of China's "leaked" J-20 Mighty Dragon photos show it performing what could be viewed as basic fighter maneuvers and suggest a degree of inflight offensive and defensive maneuverability that beats watching taxi tests.

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PLA Watchers: Beware of Open Sources and Information Laundering

PLA Watchers: Beware of Open Sources and Information Laundering

Guest post by M. Taylor Fravel, Associate Professor of Political Science and member of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing on the promise and problems of open-source information for the study of China’s rapidly changing military.

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Could downed U.S. drone benefit China?

Could downed U.S. drone benefit China?

Reports of an intact US RQ-170 drone brought down by Iranian authorities have spurred widespread speculation that the drone or its sensitive technologies will be handed over to China. Taking into account a hypothetical situation in which Beijing got its hands on the drone, Wilson Chau assesses the implications on China's indigenous UAV programme.

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