Special Posts
More joy for the F-35 in Asia?

More joy for the F-35 in Asia?

The article below is a guest post by Mike Yeo, an aviation enthusiast and Singaporean photographer specializing in photography of aviation subjects. You can check out his portfolio here. We have recruited a number of talented and enthusiastic writers like Mike to revitalize Asia Security Watch over the coming year, so keep an eye out over the...

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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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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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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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Guest Post: Better Off Without Bo

Guest Post: Better Off Without Bo

Examining the end of Bo Xilai's political career through the lens of political stability; an ideal deeply valued in Chinese politics.

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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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China’s Mekong Predicament

China’s Mekong Predicament

China is breaking from tradition by seeking to co-police the Mekong with its Southeast Asian partners. It is an ambitious endeavour with many challenges ahead.

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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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Links for 1/13/12

  * Time for the U.S. Marines to vacate Okinawa? * North Korea’s MiG-29 fleet * Burma, Thailand agree to stronger military ties * Thailand, U.S., South Korea, Malaysia Japan, Singapore to participate in Cobra Gold 2012 * U.S. maritime patrol aircraft in Philippines exercises

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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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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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Links for 1/9/12

  * Israeli Defense Industries sells $1.1 billion USD to unidentified Asian customer * Philippines to boost air, naval forces * Assessing Indonesia’s defense industry * Project “Diving Dragon”: Taiwan and submarines * Vietnam hopes to be UXO-free in 100 years

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