Rising China

Is the US Scrapping the Pivot?

Below is a guest contribution by Brad Nelson from CWCP. A few days ago political scientist and Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer made an astute point on Twitter: “Hillary/Donilon/Geither to Kerry/Rice/Lew. Lots, lots less Asia focus in 2nd term Obama team. Let’s hope Xi Jinping doesn’t notice.” I think Bremmer’s assessment is spot on. Practically all of the...

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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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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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South Korea Nears Fighter Jet Deal with Philippines

South Korea Nears Fighter Jet Deal with Philippines

China's rising power is becoming a boon for its East Asian neighbors.

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2012: The Year of Chinese Air Power?

2012: The Year of Chinese Air Power?

2012 may be China's most impressive year when it comes to aerospace accomplishments. It shows that rapid progress and important breakthroughs are being made, and these could upset the military balance in the Asia-Pacific in the long-term.

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New Destroyer Could be Chinese Sea Power Game-Changer

New Destroyer Could be Chinese Sea Power Game-Changer

China's new Type 052D Luyang III-class destroyer will be a formidable addition to and central element of Beijing's new blue-water navy.

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China Now Using Cruise Ship to Haul Troops, Tanks, Artillery

China Now Using Cruise Ship to Haul Troops, Tanks, Artillery

China’s newest addition to its military is subtle, stylish and has wireless internet access. It’s a 36,000-ton pleasure boat capable of disgorging thousands of troops and hundreds of vehicles held inside its belly. Meet the good ship Bohai Sea Green Pearl.

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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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Trio of Chinese Soldiers Defeats 500,000…Wasps

Here's what PLA soldiers do when they're not marching around, playing video games or participating in live grenade drills.

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ICG Says South China Sea Primed for Armed Conflict

ICG Says South China Sea Primed for Armed Conflict

As China "occupies" the South China Sea with a military base and administrative body to "govern" roughly 80 percent of the region, an International Crisis Group report released Tuesday says "tensions can easily spill over into armed conflict.”

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Chinese Navy Tests Land Attack Cruise Missiles: Implications for Asia-Pacific

Chinese Navy Tests Land Attack Cruise Missiles: Implications for Asia-Pacific

Deployment of the DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM), similar in design to the American BGM-109 Tomahawk and Russian KH-55, on Chinese warships could bring new meaning to gunboat diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific.

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Japan’s MSDF leads and China’s PLA(N) follows

In among Japan’s much more proactive approach to Southeast Asia, including stronger commitments of aid and security cooperation to Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam, and increased tension over the Senkaku islands due to developments in Japan’s domestic politics, you could be forgiven for thinking that Japan and China have completely burned their bridges in the last...

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