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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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Japanese Media Now Openly Talking about Japan-Australia Soryu Deal

Today the Nikkei featured an article (日) that raised once again the possibility of Japan transferring the technology underpinning the prized Soryu submarine to Australia. The article did not offer much additional detail about how the process from here is likely to unfold, although it did frame the technology transfer as part of a supposedly mutual...

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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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Did South Korea Make its $3 Billion 2012 Defense Exports Goal?

Did South Korea Make its $3 Billion 2012 Defense Exports Goal?

The ROK may have missed their 2012 aspirations...

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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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3 Ways the DPRK Has Just Hurt its “Blood Ally.”

Regarding the recent satellite launch/missile test conducted by the DPRK. Apologies for cross posting. First, it gives Japan and the US a useful issue to bash the PRC over the head with in the UNSC, especially if the PRC goes ahead and vetoes any further sanctions. China’s image will deteriorate in Japan further as perceptions...

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RUSI Japan

Nothing of substance right now, although there is much to talk about. M.Taylor Fravel has a great post up that reflects a lot of my own thoughts and apprehensions on issues regarding the current Senkaku conflict.* It seems to be reviving for the third time this year after having been pronounced dead twice. Essential reading also includes...

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Senkakus/Diaoyu Islands Standoff De-Escalates

When China describes something as a “core interest”, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. A core interest is exactly what it sounds like — something that China views as essential to China’s economy and security. Perhaps more importantly the core interest label tends to denote something that China believes is not open to...

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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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Two Large Steps for the Australia-Japan Relationship on the Horizon?

Two very interesting pieces of news have surfaced in the last two days regarding the Australia-Japan relationship. On Wednesday morning (日) in New York, Japan and Australia, on the heels of the recent two-plus-two dialogue in Sydney, agreed to further deepening of the strategic partnership, and explicitly committed themselves to making a breakthrough on the Economic Partnership Agreement...

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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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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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