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Will South Korea Ever Choose an FX-III Fighter?

Will South Korea Ever Choose an FX-III Fighter?

One year later, South Korea still finds itself weighing options for a 60-plane order between Boeing's F-15 Silent Eagle, Lockheed Martin's F-35, and EADS' Eurofighter

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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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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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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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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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