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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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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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Links for 1/6/12

  * CFR: The Pentagon Pivots to Asia * Japan, India “Asia’s Natural Born-Allies” * Chinese, Burmese ships attacked on Mekong River * Kidnappings of locals, foreigners in Philippines reflect collapse of law and order *  Antiterrorism training in Vladivostok

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Links for 1/2/12

* Former F-14 aviator, Libya air ops head picked to head U.S. PACOM * Report: China may overtake U.S. mil power by 2050 * Feng: The year that was and the year that is coming for the PLAAF * Profile of supreme commander of Thai military, Thanasak Patimaprakorn * Australia, struggling to fill ranks, seeks laid-off...

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Links for 12/30/11

  * New tracked Chinese IFV spotted * Taiwan to end conscription in 2013 * Bill Sweetman on F-35 proponents * Indonesia to purchase 6 Su-30 fighter jets from Russia * North Korean giant spotted at Kim Jong-il funeral

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Links for 12/27/11

  * South Korea to purchase French spy aircraft * Opinion: “Build Japan-India naval ties” * China’s Cyber Command * Taiwan retiring two patrol ships * Malaysia, China to advance military ties

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Links for 12/23/11

  * Varyag, flagship of the Russian Fleet, on exercise off coast of Petrapavlosk * As China asserts presence in South China Sea, Philippines seeks F-16s from U.S. * Will South Korea follow Japan in F-35 acquisition? * 2012: A big year for the PLAN * Thailand, India to increase defense cooperation  

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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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