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Unofficially Official: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific and  the U.S.-Japan-Taiwan alliance

Unofficially Official: The U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific and the U.S.-Japan-Taiwan alliance

Co-author: Misato Matsuoka* There is a lot of buzz about U.S. rebalancing policy, but at the end of the day it is not a massive policy change from the U.S. perspective and neither is it one from the perspective of U.S. allies and partners, old and emerging ones, in the region. The increase of a...

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Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (II): Domestic politics in command

Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (II): Domestic politics in command

In my previous post, I examined the general nature of the current dispute between the Philippines and Taiwan and the foreign policy motivations on the Taiwan side. Yet, the behaviour of Taiwan’s government in the aftermath of the incident from May 9 that resulted in death of a Taiwanese fisherman after his boat was fired upon...

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Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (I): One international law, two interpretations

Taiwan’s dispute with the Philippines (I): One international law, two interpretations

A short time ago, I praised Taiwan for reaching an agreement with Japan on fishing in the area around Diaoyutai/Senkaku islands. It was a rare occasion on which two sides reached consensus on a highly disputed issue involving sovereignty claims and resource sharing. However, the seas of East and Southeast Asia offer plenty of opportunities to get...

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Japanese Media: Taiwan-Japan Fishing Deal Strategically Significant

Japanese Media: Taiwan-Japan Fishing Deal Strategically Significant

Following on from Michal Thim’s ASW post, which contains the details of the deal, the Japanese media reaction has been illuminating, and it appears to be the number one story alongside North Korean missiles on most Japanese news sites. Something appeared to be stirring in late March when it was reported in the Japanese media...

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Senkaku Breakthrough: Taiwan and Japan agree on fishing rights

Senkaku Breakthrough: Taiwan and Japan agree on fishing rights

Japan and Taiwan have signed a ground-breaking agreement on fishing rights that leaves China isolated in the territorial dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyutai islands. According to Taipei Times, major elements of the agreement are: intervention-free fishing zone for Taiwanese fishing boats in waters between 27° north latitude and the Sakishima Islands, Okinawa Prefecture; furthermore, Taiwan is given...

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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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Porcupine’s Spines: Taiwan’s Indigenous Missile Program

Porcupine’s Spines: Taiwan’s Indigenous Missile Program

The fundamentally transformed strategic environment in Asia has forced policy planners in Taipei, and domestic and foreign experts, to explore innovative defense options that reflect the growing asymmetry—both qualitative and quantitative—between Taiwan and China. The need to “go asymmetrical” is firmly reflected in the first Quadrennial Defense Review, released in 2009, and will likely be reiterated...

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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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Taiwan Believes China Planning Two Indigenous Aircraft Carriers

Taiwan Believes China Planning Two Indigenous Aircraft Carriers

With China able to out-produce Taiwan in every conceivable way, Taiwan will have to dig deeply into their Anti-Access/Area Denial repertoire

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Pentagon Report on China Military is a Yawner

Pentagon Report on China Military is a Yawner

The Pentagon issued its 2012 China report to Congress on Friday. It's not that much different from 2011.

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Republic of China (Taiwan) Developing 500-ton "Carrier Killer" Fast Attack Missile Boat

Republic of China (Taiwan) Developing 500-ton “Carrier Killer” Fast Attack Missile Boat

Taiwan is in dire need of improving its naval capabilities, but their naval shipbuilding industry has always encountered difficulties in projects actually being realized

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As China Rattles Sabers, U.S. Rattles Back Via Taiwan Fighter Sales Insinuations

As China Rattles Sabers, U.S. Rattles Back Via Taiwan Fighter Sales Insinuations

The United States may consider selling new fighter jets to Taiwan.

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