strategy
Taiwan’s Defence Policy under Ma Ying-jeou

Taiwan’s Defence Policy under Ma Ying-jeou

Since the 1990s each ROC President has played an important role in shaping Taiwan’s defence strategy, a process that reflects differences in their cross-Strait policies, the mind-set of other important policy makers, and the growing challenge from all branches of the Peoples Liberation Army. Lee Teng-hui’s administrations introduced the concept of “effective deterrence and resolute...

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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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United States and South Korea Agree to Boost Combined Defensive Posture

United States and South Korea Agree to Boost Combined Defensive Posture

On June 14th, the United States and South Korea agreed to strengthen their joint defensive ties during the U.S.-Korea Ministerial Dialogue 2+2 Meetings held in Seoul

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Update #5: U.S. Reaffirms Defense of Philippines as Tensions with China Rise

Update #5: U.S. Reaffirms Defense of Philippines as Tensions with China Rise

The United States could have picked a better day to reassure the Philippines on which side of the fence they stand on as the Scarborough Shoal standoff reaches week four

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Corruption is Rotting the PLA From Within

Corruption is Rotting the PLA From Within

China's People's Liberation Army is plagued with rampant corruption that threatens to destroy it from within. "No country can defeat China," but "our own corruption can destroy us," says top PLA general.

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China Doesn't Think the U.S. is That Awesome

China Doesn’t Think the U.S. is That Awesome

China views the United States as a declining power, on the wrong side of history, and no longer awesome.

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South Korea Hopes for Agreement with U.S. to Extend Missile Range Capabilities

South Korea Hopes for Agreement with U.S. to Extend Missile Range Capabilities

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is optimistic about revising agreements with the U.S. to allow for an extension of South Korean missile ranges

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South and East China Sea Flashpoints (Interactive Map and Timeline)

South and East China Sea Flashpoints (Interactive Map and Timeline)

Here's a handy interactive tool called Flashpoints that shows major incidents in the South and East China Seas since the mid-1950s.

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China's Government Mouthpiece Calls for China-Russia Alliance

China’s Government Mouthpiece Calls for China-Russia Alliance

A recent Global Times article suggests that China and Russia should team-up against the United States to offset what it sees as American military threats.

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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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Yikes. New US Military Strategy Largely Focuses on China

Yikes. New US Military Strategy Largely Focuses on China

US President Barack Obama unveiled his administration's plan Thursday for a leaner, cheaper military, a reflection of Washington's fiscal belt-tightening and slower national economic growth. The new strategy calls for greater US military presence in Asia, based on a US Defense Department document which identifies China as a security threat.

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The Enigma of AirSea Battle

The Enigma of AirSea Battle

Air Sea Battle is taking center stage in the emerging American Pacific regional military strategy. Now that the concept has acquired new-found fame, it has also similarly acquired enemies. Marine Corps War College Professor James Lacey is the latest to attack AirSea Battle as a operational concept elevated to strategy. Bryan McGrath of Information Dissemination...

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