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Medium: This War Game is a Warning to China

My second article at Medium, “This War Game is a Warning to China“, is now up. Have at it. Apologies for the late posting, I was on vacation in the Midwest.

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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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ICG Says South China Sea Primed for Armed Conflict

ICG Says South China Sea Primed for Armed Conflict

As China "occupies" the South China Sea with a military base and administrative body to "govern" roughly 80 percent of the region, an International Crisis Group report released Tuesday says "tensions can easily spill over into armed conflict.”

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North Korea Can't Really Turn Seoul Into a "Sea of Fire"

North Korea Can’t Really Turn Seoul Into a “Sea of Fire”

For more than a decade, conventional wisdom has held that North Korea could subject the South Korean capital of Seoul to devastating artillery attack. With a greater metropolitan population of 24,000,000, Seoul has the largest population density of all the OECD countries, eight times more dense than New York City, and three times more dense than...

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U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

U.S. Military Conducts Naval Drills with Japan & South Korea and Live-fire Exercise with ROKN

It's a busy week for ever emerging East Asian Alliances....

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Mother of All War Games Planned by China, Russia, Iran and Syria

Mother of All War Games Planned by China, Russia, Iran and Syria

China, Russia, Iran and Syria plan to stage the "biggest joint war game in the Middle East” ever next month, with 90,000 troops, 400 warplanes, 1,000 tanks, and a slew of warships and submarines to take part.

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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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First Batch of World's Most Expensive Battle Tanks to Become Slightly More Expensive

First Batch of World’s Most Expensive Battle Tanks to Become Slightly More Expensive

South Korea continues to suffer growing pains in becoming a bona fide producer of advanced military equipment

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North Korea Demonstrates Their Military Superiority with WWII-esque Katyusha Rocket Trucks

North Korea Demonstrates Their Military Superiority with WWII-esque Katyusha Rocket Trucks

The technology recently demonstrated during North Korean combat exercises would seem inferior if shown in the original "Red Dawn."

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South Korea Develops Indigenous Hardkill Active Protection System For K2 Battle Tank

South Korea Develops Indigenous Hardkill Active Protection System For K2 Battle Tank

The system is currently being tested on South Korea's K2 battle tanks, set to debut in 2013

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That Chinese ‘Grenade’ Video…

Lots of buzz on the internet recently about this video from Chinese state television purporting to show Chinese soldiers passing live explosives around as “an exercise that sharpens co-ordination, teamwork and mental strength.” I think this is wrong – one, the smoke, explosives tend not to do that any more, unless a slow fuse is involved; second, the final guy throws the satchel at his feet and not into the bunker. It seems to me that this is a public demonstration, an open day at a base perhaps, and the satchel is a dud, but the explosives in the crater are very real. This makes it considerably less dangerous (but not with risk), but also a long way from the way it is being reported by the English language media.

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ROK Special Forces are Unstoppable at Playing in the Snow

ROK Special Forces are Unstoppable at Playing in the Snow

I’m gonna let this one speak for itself: I get a kick out of East Asian military portrayals and public perceptions, from the sublime wackiness of the Japanese Self Defense Force’s Prince Pickles and Miss Parsley to the ROK Navy’s Blue Paper teaching magic tricks (be sure to scroll down to catch ‘surprised cat’ and...

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